Category: Events

Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass

Wildfire risk across San Juan County is at an all-time high – largely due to increasingly overstocked forests. Thinning excess woody biomass from densely stocked forests can reduce wildfire risk while presenting an opportunity for local, sustainable energy production.

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How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass

Converting excess woody biomass to a valuable soil amendment Saturday, June 30, 2018 | San Juan Island Biochar, a soil amendment made from woody biomass like branches and small-diameter trees, presents an opportunity for landowners to convert forest thinnings to a high-value product. Removing excess biomass from dense, crowded San Juan forests is an important way to increase fire resilience and improve ecological health. This workshop will cover all the tips and tricks San Juan County landowners have discovered to successfully and safely manufacture optimal biochar. This workshop is the third in a three-part series on woody biomass in the

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Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests

Techniques to estimate the volume of timber and woody biomass in your forest Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:30am-5pm Lopez Island   Understanding which trees and how many to remove from your forest is critical to a successful thinning project. This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for installing forest inventory plots and collecting the right data to calculate timber volumes. Participants will learn how to distinguish trees that merchantable and options for utilizing non-merchantable woody biomass. This workshop is the second in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. All forest owners are encouraged to attend, regardless of past participation. You may

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Forest Tour: Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity

NOTE: This workshop was originally scheduled for February 24th but has been rescheduled for March 10th due to icy road conditions. If you already registered for the 2/24/18 workshop, please let us know if you can make it on March 10th by sending Cailin an email at cailin@nnrg.org. See how your neighbors are thinning excess wood to improve forest health and reduce fire risk Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 9am-3pm | Orcas Island [button color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” size=”medium” url=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-tour-thinning-overstocked-stands-for-health-and-productivity-tickets-43572015070″ text=”REGISTER TODAY!” color_override=””] Many forests in the San Juan islands are crowded with suppressed and unhealthy trees due to a lack of management. Excess

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Precision Tree Felling Course

Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) courses provide training and practice in precision tree felling and small-diameter thinning.   Level 1 & 2 – April 12-13, 2018 | Level 3 – April 14, 2018 | Leavenworth, WA REGISTER TODAY! Our friends at Tierra Learning Center are bringing this outstanding precision tree felling class back to north central Washington taught by SAWW instructor Pavel McGlave. Pavel was mentored by Ken Lallemont who traveled the world and helped develop training programs that emphasize efficiency and technique that will improve productivity, help reduce chainsaw related accidents and increase overall safety awareness. This course will change

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Thank You Thursday is 9/28 at Reuben’s Brews

Help forests, drink beer! On Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews, $1 from every pint you buy supports NNRG’s work to protect and restore Northwest Forests.   September 28, 2017 – 3:00 to 8:00pm Reuben’s Brews – 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Reuben’s Brews has a special place in our hearts. First and foremost, they make fantastic beer! Second, they brew beer with water from a Forest Stewardship Council® certified forest. Drinking (and beer brewing) water in Seattle comes from the forests of the Cedar River Watershed and South Fork Tolt Watershed in the Cascade foothills. It is some of

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Forest Tour: Many Shapes & Sizes

Kevin Kaster (right), owner of a small-scale sawmill in Clackmas Co., presents a sample product to forest managers, designers, and woodland owners. A Tour of “GOOD WOOD” Management and Products REGISTER TODAY! Can a forest be managed for different purposes? Why might one tree be cut and another left standing? How does the way our forests are managed affect the products that come from them? And, do you know where your wood comes from? Join the Build Local Alliance, Forests Forever, Inc., and OSU Extension to explore these questions on a “Good Wood” Management and Products tour. At this event hosted

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Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass

Options for San Juans Forest Owners REGISTER TODAY! Woody biomass in densely stocked San Juan forests may present an opportunity to support local energy needs. This workshop will discuss examples of community-based energy projects from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the cost-effective methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our houses, businesses, and communities. Topics include: Energy uses for woody biomass Comparing woody biomass to conventional fuels Different forms of woody biomass: firewood to pellets to chips Community cooperative business models for woody biomass energy Heating public facilities with woody biomass Emissions and clean air concerns

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Workshop: Biochar 101-Making Biochar from Woody Biomass

Benefits for Farms and Forests Learn How to Make Biochar: REGISTER TODAY! Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value branches, twigs, and other woody biomass into valuable biochar. We’ll also cover potential business strategies that are working for San Juan county biochar producers as well as findings in the latest biochar research. This

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Workshop: Utilizing Woody Biomass to Reduce Fire Risk

Fire Ecology and Active Management in San Juan Forests REGISTER TODAY! Many forests in the San Juan Islands are comprised of extremely dense small diameter trees. These dense stands are at high risk for forest fire, have stagnant growth and low timber quality, and present very poor wildlife habitat. This workshop will go over the history of island forests, the risks and problems with leaving dense forests unmanaged, and different active management strategies to reduce wildfire risk, enhance forest biodiversity, improve wildlife habitat, and generate income. This workshop is the first in a three-part series on woody biomass in the

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Workshop: How to Manage a Timber Sale – Jan. 21 & Feb. 4

Timber harvests conducted with care and good planning are an important management tool that can generate revenue while improving the quality and value of timber resources and wildlife habitat. Harvesting and selling timber is incredibly complex and can be challenging – incomplete planning without market knowledge can cost you thousands of dollars. By being well-informed about the value of timber, key questions to ask, and the logistics of harvesting and marketing logs, you can ensure a more efficient harvest operation that yields the ecological and economic results you want from your forest. This day-long workshop will introduce landowners to the

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Workshop: Discovering Value in Your Forest – Sept. 24 & Oct. 8

The diverse forests of the Pacific Northwest are home to trees, plants, lichens, fungi and other organisms that are prized for many different uses.   Woodland owners can steward their land to yield a range of highly-valued products including materials for food, wild crafting, medicinal plants, firewood, and specialty-wood products such as figured wood, veneer, and pole-quality timber. In this class you’ll learn about Pacific Northwest plants that you can steward on your land for food,  craft, and traditional uses. You’ll also learn about niche markets available to forest owners and differences between selling a veneer-grade log at pulp prices instead of the

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Workshop: Precision Tree Felling – SAWW Training Levels 1 & 2 – Sep. 22-23

Join Northwest Certified Forestry for a unique, hands-on training program for small woodland owners who are interested in learning how to safely cut down trees in the woods. Harvest planning, tree selection, and safe and accurate tree felling are the most important aspects of conducting a small-scale harvest. These skills are also valuable for clearing trails, harvesting firewood, and taking down potential hazard trees. This Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW) training course is based on the concept of “open face felling” and will introduce some of the world’s leading methods for safe, efficient, and precise tree felling. The majority of this training will

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Workshop: Hands-On Forestry for San Juans Woodlands

Learn DIY ways to nurture your forest! Many San Juan forests are in need of care to be their healthiest. In the absence of natural and historic processes, island forests have become overstocked, lost biodiversity, and are more susceptible to stress and disease. Join us for a walk in the woods and learn how to implement easy techniques to improve the ecological resilience and economic value of your forest. Don’t miss this chance to witness ecological forestry in action on a tour of Thornbush Farm, which hosts a beautiful forest showcasing agroforestry, biomass utilization, creative uses of small-diameter wood, and other examples of hands-on forest management practices.

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Workshop: Ecological Forestry 101: Intro to Silviculture and Wildlife – June 4 & 11

Woodland owners in the Pacific Northwest are interested in maintaining forests that provide a broad range of ecological functions and economic goals. Enjoying wildlife and providing wildlife habitat are often motivators for stewarding woodlands. It’s important to understand how the habitat in your forest meets the needs of particular wildlife species and what you can do to maintain and enhance your forest for biodiversity. Many Northwest forests are in need of active forest management to create the complex forest structure, light for flowering plants, and space for food-producing shrubs that help wildlife thrive. Careful stewardship can help you to perpetually manage your forest on a

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Workshop: You Bought a Forest, So Now What? – April 23 & 30

Owning forestland has been your dream, but now that the land is yours where do you start? This workshop will introduce you to the natural history and ecology of western Washington and Oregon forests and provide key information for starting to assess and manage your land. You’ll also come away with a framework of ideas, tasks, and resources to help meet your forest stewardship goals and enhance your ownership experience. Come learn from regional experts and local practitioners in this interactive class.   Topics this class will cover include: Pacific Northwest forest ecology Tree identification and natural history of native

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Thank You Thursday – Reuben’s Brews

March 24, 2016 – 3:00 to 8:00pm Reuben’s Brews – 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Drink beer to save forests! Join us for Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews. We’re celebrating great forests that contribute to great beer. Reuben’s Brews uses water from the South Fork Tolt Watershed, a Forest Stewardship Council® certified forest managed by Seattle Public Utilities. The forested watershed supplies about 30% of the drinking water for 1.3 million people in and around Seattle. The watershed is FSC® certified through a group certificate managed by Northwest Natural Resource Group (FSC-C008225). Reuben’s will donate $1.00 from

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Workshop: Emerging Biofuel Options for San Juan Forests

Join us to learn about ways to improve your forest’s health and use low value wood! Register today: http://sanjuans-biofuels.eventbrite.com Often there are significant byproducts from forest management and restoration treatments that amount to slash and other woody biomass left on the ground. This low value material includes small diameter trees, limbs, needles, leaves, and other woody parts. Many forests in the San Juan Islands are severely overstocked with a considerable assortment of low value material that is a potential fire hazard and limits biodiversity. Learn what you can do with this non-commercial wood material. This workshop will present new ways to use

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Workshop: Optimize the Value of Your Timber – November 7

Recognizing the value of the timber you have can be the difference between selling a veneer-grade log at pulp prices instead of the market premium. By understanding the specialty product markets for veneer, figured wood, pole-quality timber, and export logs you can extract the highest value for your timber. It’s important to understand the niche markets that exist around you, the log manufacturing process, and what you can do right now to optimize for long-term timber value and specialty forest products. Attend this class to learn specific practices you can do to grow quality wood and obtain the highest value for

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Workshop: Tree Felling & Yarding – September 24-26

Join us on Orcas Island for a unique hands-on training program for small woodland owners who are interested in conducting their own timber harvests. Detailed instruction will be provided on precision tree felling techniques and low-impact log yarding strategies and equipment. Precision Tree Felling – 2-day course Thursday & Friday, September 24-25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – each day Cost: $250 for the two-day felling course Location: Camp Orkila   484 Camp Orkila Rd.   Eastsound, WA – directions will be provided Important! All participants will need to bring a chainsaw, gas and oil, personal protection (chaps, gloves, ear & eye protection, hardhat) and lunch. Low-Impact Yarding

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