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Explore FSC Certified Forests in King County and beyond

King County Parks and Recreation manages six sites under NNRG’s FSC group certificate, combining forest health initiatives with public recreation. These forests offer a range of activities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and picnicking. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification is a voluntary, market-driven system that ensures wood products come from responsibly managed forests. […]

From Big Cats to Birds: Embracing Bird Conservation in Forest Management

From Big Cats to Birds: Embracing Bird Conservation in Forest Management

As new staff members at NNRG, we were asked to share our favorite way of spending time in the forest for our bios. Naturally, I chose bird watching. My lifelong passion for wildlife initially drew me to Namibia for the charismatic megafauna, particularly big cats. I’ve spent countless hours waiting by waterholes, hoping to glimpse […]

Carbon Market Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest

Carbon Market Opportunities in the Pacific Northwest

Article by Midori Sylwester. Midori completed her University of Washington Program on the Environment Capstone Project with Northwest Natural Resource Group in Winter/Spring 2024. Small private non-industrial landowners own roughly forty percent of forestland in Washington State (Chowdhury and Brown, 2023) and, on average, prioritize objectives such as wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation over timber […]

A Forest Of Your Own | Chapter 4 | Shopping for a forest

A Forest Of Your Own | Chapter 4 | Shopping for a forest

Throughout this book, I certainly don’t hide my opinion that owning or managing a forest is one of the greatest expressions of earth stewardship. I wholeheartedly encourage you to go out and acquire your own tract of forestland and put your conservation ethic into practice. As my mom always says, “Land is a good investment […]

2023 Book Recommendations

2023 Book Recommendations

We asked the NNRG staff and board — notorious for thinking about forests as much off-the-clock as on — for the best forestry, nature, PNW, and environment-related books they read this year. The resulting list has some real gems! Scroll down to read the whole list.  The Ghost Forest: Racists, Radicals, and Real Estate in […]

An Interview with the Creators of Landmapper

An Interview with the Creators of Landmapper

Our partners over at Ecotrust are releasing a new tool that makes forest maps accessible in a matter of minutes, with no specialty knowledge needed. The maps are available for most properties in Oregon and Washington, with more updates coming over the next few months. We chatted with two of the program’s creators, Director of […]

The Meaning of Maps

The Meaning of Maps

Maps are an essential part of forest management, used to remotely evaluate property, delineate management units, plant harvests, and track management over time. But the array of maps available can be dizzying. Below, we outline a number of the maps you can expect to see in your forest management plan, plus a few more unusual […]

Forest Adaptation: Half Art, Half Science

Forest Adaptation: Half Art, Half Science

For fifteen years, the Deumlings have been experimenting with planting less-traditional tree species—ones more tolerant to a warming climate—including Incense cedar, Coast redwood, Giant sequoia, Oregon white oak, and Ponderosa pine. They’ve also been sourcing Douglas-fir seedlings from farther south, where they may already be adapted to a warmer and drier climate.

November Fireside Chat: Let’s talk about mushrooms, baby!

November Fireside Chat: Let’s talk about mushrooms, baby!

NOVEMBER FIRESIDE CHAT | NOVEMBER 8, 2023 | 6pm – 7pm | ON ZOOM At this month’s Fireside Chat, NNRG Forester Gustavo Segura Flores will share some of his experience with maps! Bring your favorite fall drink, curl up in front of a fire or heater, and get ready to put yourself on the map. […]

July Fireside Chat: Practical Forest Restoration for Small Woodland Owners

July Fireside Chat: Practical Forest Restoration for Small Woodland Owners

JULY FIRESIDE CHAT | JULY 19, 2023| 7:30-8:30PM | ON ZOOM Many forests in our region need active stewardship to achieve their ecological and economic potential. Years of single-species management, overstocked stands, invasive species, and neglect can make forests susceptible to a slow decline in ecosystem services. This month’s fireside chat will focus on forest […]

Mapping Tools for Forest Landowners

Mapping Tools for Forest Landowners

When NNRG foresters prepare for a site visit with a forest owner or begin drafting a forest management plan, one of the first steps they’ll take is to prepare a suite of maps that provide critical information about the characteristics of a forest. Although our forestry team includes professional cartographers familiar with Geographic Information Systems […]

Stossel Creek and Assisted Plant Migration: How’s It Growing?

Stossel Creek and Assisted Plant Migration: How’s It Growing?

Article by Shay Steeves. Shay completed her University of Washington Environmental Studies Capstone Project with Northwest Natural Resource Group in Winter/Spring 2023. Three years ago marked the start of the Stossel Creek adaptive restoration case study. Located in Carnation, WA, Stossel Creek is now home to over 14,000 growing seedlings, including 900 that are set […]

Camera Traps for Climate Adaptation…and Critters!

Camera Traps for Climate Adaptation…and Critters!

Article by Margaux Clarke. Margaux completed her University of Washington Environmental Studies Capstone Project with Northwest Natural Resource Group in Winter/Spring 2023. 3… 2… 1… Say Cheese! NNRG’s use of scout cameras (camera traps) at their climate adaptation project in Nisqually Community Forest are an important part of the snow monitoring research, but they provide […]

Winter & Spring 2023 Washington and Oregon Native Plant Sales

Winter & Spring 2023 Washington and Oregon Native Plant Sales

The Winter Wet Season In The Pacific Northwest Is An Ideal Time To Plant Young Trees And Native Shrubs! Planting native trees and shrubs enhances forest biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife and forage for pollinators. It’s also a great way connect to the land and increase your aesthetic and recreational appreciation for the forest. […]

Monitoring Mount Heaven

Monitoring Mount Heaven

Last spring, Paul Hansen and his 16-year-old granddaughter found themselves tromping through his forest near Mount Rainier (Tahoma), in Washington. Both were searching for old PVC pipe remnants and rebar stakes hammered into the ground, but their motives that day were split. Paul was hoping to find the centers of circular plots he’d marked out 10 […]

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