NNRG’s Kirk Hanson and Seth Zuckerman have written a book that distills NNRG’s approach to forest stewardship into a single accessible handbook. Illustrated with photos, diagrams, and maps, A Forest of Your Own was published on April 1st and is now available for purchase.

Buy Your Copy

  • Buy your autographed copy from NNRG. NNRG members get a 20% discount.
  • For NNRG orders of 4+ books, please email outreach@nnrg.org for a discount code.
  • Use the links below to order from Amazon, Mountaineers Books, Bookshop.org (which gives a percentage to your local participating bookstore), or Raincoast Books in Canada.

About The book

Whether you have wooded property already or only dream of your own patch of land, you probably know in your bones that forests are crucial to the Pacific Northwest and the health of the planet. This book lays out an approach to the care and stewardship of forests — ecological forestry — and explains both why it matters and how to practice it in Washington and Oregon. Between its covers, you will discover how to read and understand what’s going on in a forest, evaluate forestland before you buy, establish new stands of trees, manage a sustainable wood harvest, protect your forest from catastrophic fire, and much more.

Kirk and Seth have brought their combined decades of experience to bear in this project, the first comprehensive how-to and why-to resource for forest stewards in the Pacific Northwest. Whether the forest you have in mind is one that you own, or one that you share with fellow stakeholders in your nearby municipal, state, or federal forest, this book can make you a more effective citizen of Forest Nation.

Watch the Book Trailer

Meet The Authors

Third Place Books, Ravenna
Seattle, WA | Apr. 10

Port Townsend Library
Port Townsend, WA | Apr. 11

Vashon Library
Vashon Island, WA | Apr. 23

Browsers Bookshop
Olympia, WA | May 2

Powell’s Books, Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR | May 16

Dungeness River Nature Center 
Sequim, WA | May 23

Village Books
Bellingham, WA | May 30

Orcas Island Library
Eastsound, WA| May 30

San Juan Island Library
Friday Harbor, WA | Jun. 1

Northwest Nature Shop
Ashland, OR | Jun. 3

More events coming soon! Would you like to arrange an author slide show and reading in your hometown or at your company? Email outreach@nnrg.org

About the Authors

Kirk Hanson serves as NNRG’s director of forestry. He has worked on behalf of small woodland owners for more than 25 years — first at the Small Forest Landowners’ office of the Washington Department of Natural Resources and since 2006 at NNRG. He frequently leads NNRG workshops for forest owners is a member of a three-generation family-owned forest. He blogs about his own family’s experiences managing 200 acres of forestland in western Washington.

Seth Zuckerman has served as executive director of NNRG since 2017. He has spent the last 30 years as a practitioner in West Coast forests and watersheds, and as a writer, telling the stories of people’s relationships with the rest of the natural world. His writing on forests, salmon, and the human communities that depend on them has appeared in The Nation, Sierra, Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications. His roots are in Northern California, where he directed the Wild and Working Lands program for the Mattole Restoration Council from 2006 to 2011.

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