2019 was a productive year for NNRG and the forests our members steward!
We are so inspired by the landowners and managers in our community who worked to enhance habitat for threatened and endangered species, removed invasive species, planted a diverse array of native seedlings and shrubs, and pursued new markets for local wood products. Many thanks to this dedicated community of ecologically-minded forest owners, land managers and NNRG’s partners who steward biodiverse forests and contribute to the regional economy.
Here are some highlights of 2019:
- Hosted 7 workshops on ecologically-based forest management, fuels reduction, biochar creation, FSC certification, tree and wood traits, and managing timber harvests and engaged 171 participants.
- Conducted more than 68 site visits to forest landowners – including our FSC-certified members and beginning woodland owners.
- Completed 8 ecologically-based thinning projects across 363 acres, yielding $1.2 million in timber.
- Wrote 13 management plans for small businesses, families, land trusts and conservation groups to help steward more than 1,130 acres of forest.
- Hosted 3 workshops on climate adaptation strategies for Pacific Northwest forests and engaged 125 land managers and forest owners in Oregon and Washington. Based on presentations at these workshops, produced 11 videos and 1 white paper outlining climate adaptation and strategies for forest managers in the region.
- Surveyed 42 landowners for the financial results of their harvests to help landowners learn from the experiences of other forest owners similar goals for their land.
- Launched a study of young-stand thinning and seedling release.
- Welcomed the Skokomish Tribe’s 2,086-acre forest into NNRG’s group FSC® certificate. This makes the Skokomish Tribe the first tribe in Washington state to gain certification as a well-managed forest.
Our FSC® Group Certificate
- Our Forest Stewardship Council® group certificate represents 31% of FSC certified land in Oregon and Washington (195,256 acres)
- Our FSC group certificate members supplied more than 6,770,000 board feet of timber while adhering to FSC standards
- 12% of the volume sold as FSC certified
- 145 members, across more than 200,000 acres throughout Washington and Oregon.
- 114 family forests and small businesses who steward the headwaters of major rivers, protect and enhance habitat for endangered species, support local contractors, and improve forest health, productivity and biodiversity.
- 11 youth camps and education centers from the southern Oregon Cascades to the San Juan Islands
- 13 land trusts and conservation groups
- 7 public land managers