Category: Events

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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Workshop: How to Manage a Timber Sale – August 15

Harvesting and marketing timber can be one of the most rewarding experiences of owning forestland… it can also be one of the most challenging. On Saturday, August 15, join us for a workshop to learn how to manage a timber sale on your land and effectively market your wood products. This day-long seminar will introduce landowners to the steps involved in setting up and managing a timber sale. Participants will be better prepared to manage a timber sale and more familiar with resources for assistance. All woodland owners are encouraged to attend regardless of past workshop experience. Harvesting timber is an important management tool. When done with care

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The Good Wood Tour – July 30

Interested in building sustainably? Want to know the difference between FSC-certified and conventional forest products? Then come to the Good Wood Tour! On July 30th, NNRG and others will be co-hosting the first of a two-part event that will increase participants’ understanding of sustainable forestry and FSC products as an important component of green building. The event will include day tours to an FSC-certified forest as well as industrial, institutional, and residential buildings that utilized a large percentage of FSC-certified wood in their construction. Strategies to increase demand for sustainable forestry products and promote them as a green building solution will also

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Build Local Alliance’s Summer Tour – June 27

The Build Local Alliance (BLA) is a network of foresters, land stewards, millwrights, craftsmen, contractors, and architects interested in creating with wood from well-managed forests in Oregon and SW Washington. Each season BLA hosts a talk or field trip to connect our community of practitioners. We share ideas, showcase projects, and often enjoy well-crafted beer! NNRG is a supporting member of BLA. This summer, on June 27, we’ll be touring NestWood Forest in Corbett, OR and visiting some building projects in Portland that incorporated local wood. As always, there will be time to do some good networking. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your spot. Lunch

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Workshop: Managing for Timber & Wildlife – June 6

[vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column][vc_column_text] Many forest owners in the Pacific Northwest are interested in maintaining forests that provide a broad range of economic and ecological values. With careful stewardship, forests can be perpetually managed on a regenerative cycle that allows for multiple entries and a sustained yield of a broad range of high-value forest products. The timing and design of thinning practices can result in a wide variety of forest conditions depending on the landowners’ objectives – including those that benefit wildlife habitat, forest health, and long-term income generation. Join us and learn how you can

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Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews – March 26

We’re excited to be heading back to Reuben’s Brews as they host us for Thank You Thursday! This Thursday, March 26, $1.00 of every pint purchased from 5:00 – 8:00 PM will go to support Northwest Natural Resource Group. Enjoy a well-crafted beer made with water from an FSC®-certified forest while helping out a great cause! We hope to see you there! Reuben’s Brews 1406 NW 53rd Street Seattle, WA 98107

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Workshop: Become an NRCS Technical Service Provider – March 24 & 25

Becoming a TSP can leverage resources for you to help existing clients and expand your network for conservation projects. This 2-day workshop will provide an overview of EQIP and assist participants through the TSP application process. If you’ve heard of EQIP and the TSP program offered by NRCS, but aren’t sure what they entail this workshop may be of interest. Northwest Natural Resource Group is hosting a workshop to assist natural resource professionals in becoming Technical Service Providers (TSP) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). TSPs have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of activities

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Good Roads & Forest Health

Workshop: Good Roads & Forest Health – February 28

Perhaps the most important ecological service of our forests is providing clean water. Forest roads can significantly affect our forests by altering their natural hydrology and the functions of streams. Roads are also essential for managing our forests; they are our haul routes for timber, our recreational trails, our driveways. Join us for a workshop on Saturday, February 28 and learn how you can manage your forest for what matters to you. This class will introduce participants to the principles of forest hydrology, as well as forest road planning and maintenance. Topics will include: forest hydrology 101, forest road planning

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