Category: From the Blog

Evergreen Land Trust

Evergreen Land Trust, Deming, WA Evergreen Ecoforestry is a program of the Evergreen Land Trust. ELT uses selective and low impact logging to limit ecosystem impacts while producing lumber and finished wood products. We steward over 200 acres of second growth forest upslope from the South Fork Nooksack River in Deming , WA . Our forests are dominated by 50-80 year old hemlock, cedar and Douglas-fir interspersed with stands of mature alder and maple. We focus our stewardship on maintaining slope stability, protecting riparian forests and stimulating the development of old forest conditions. Wood products from Evergreen’s forests are found

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EQIP and a Forest Classroom

Butler Family Forest, Olympia, WA Nestled along Pants Creek and the Capital Forest near Olympia sits a 40 acre FSC® certified forest owned by Paul and Peggy Butler, and Jim Stroh and Jan Yancy.  Paul, a retired Evergreen State College professor, and his partners bought the property from another former Evergreen professor in 1990 and believes that the property had not been thinned or logged in over fifty years. The property hosts a mix of mature Douglas-fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, red alder and big-leaf maple, as well as dense thickets of young, small diameter alder and vine maple.

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EQIP and A Family Forest

Sasquatch Farm, Montesano, WA By Neva Knott, edited by NNRG Often when we think of a family forest, we envision grandparents or parents passing the land from generation to generation. Some family forests grow differently, such as Sasquatch Farm, founded by brother and sister, Garry and Nancy Dale. In 2001, the siblings purchased the 60-acre farm nestled on the bank of the Wynoochee River near Montesano. The third of a mile of river frontage appealed to Garry, a fisherman and fish biologist; while Nancy was drawn to its proximity to her alma mater, Evergreen State College. The duo embarked on

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A Church’s Inheritance and EQIP

Bethlehem Lutheran Church forestland, Belfair, WA Story told by Neva Knott, edited by NNRG What would you do if you inherited over one hundred acres of forestland in need of restoration? Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville, WA was faced with this quandary when a member of the congregation bequeathed 132 acres of Hood Canal forestland to the Church.   The land had been logged heavily in the 1970s and received minimal attention in the interim years. This lack of replanting and management of timberland on productive soils resulted in a tangle of brushy understory and densely growing trees; with nothing

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Northwest Trek

Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA By Jennifer Whitelaw Northwest Trek is a 723-acre wildlife park near Eatonville. 435 of those acres feature a fenced in free-roaming area where native Northwest animals can be viewed from a moving tram. Take the tour and you will hear about the animals from one of the naturalists on staff.  You will also hear about Northwest Trek’s efforts to steward their forest using sustainable forest management techniques. In 2008 Northwest Trek achieved FSC® certification, the highest environmental standard in the world for forest management, through the Northwest Natural Resource Group’s (NNRG) Northwest Certified Forestry program. The

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Wetset Enterprises

Wetset Enterprises, Mossyrock, WA By Kirk Hanson Thomas Wolfe once famously stated that “you can’t go home again”.  NCF member Micheal Hurley begs to differ as he gradually exchanges a 30-year career that took him all over the world for the woods of his childhood.  Nestled into the headwaters of Salmon Creek in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains southwest of Mossyrock, Hurley has pieced together over 120 acres of exceptionally diverse forestland from which he is now creating as much of a living as he is a lifestyle. Hurley is a native to southwest Washington.  “I was raised cutting

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Wild Thyme Farm

Wild Thyme Farm, Oakville, WA By Jennifer Whitelaw John Henrickson’s land speaks to him, and he thinks more people should listen. “We need more people to develop that relationship – to fall in love with the land,” he said. The particular object of John’s affection is Wild Thyme Farm, a 150-acre forest in the Oakville area of the Chehalis River Valley. John hopes to expand the Wild Thyme Farm land holding in the future, but for now, the 150 acres, which he describes as more land than he and his brothers intended to buy in the first place, keeps him

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Clyde Tree Farm

Clyde Tree Farm & Northwest Sustainable Wood Products, Silverdale, WA By Jennifer Whitelaw Helen and Drew Daly have 154 acres of Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certified forestland near Silverdale in Kitsap County along the Hood Canal. Helen inherited the property, where she grew up, from her parents, who purchased it in the 1930s after the government decided to build the Bangor Naval Submarine Base, thereby displacing her family from their former residence. Her parents, Clyde and Bernice, got a deal on the land they purchased, now known as Clyde Tree Farm, thanks to the economic downturn at the time. If not

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Happy Save the [Toads] Day!

Press Release Courtesy of Northwest Trek   Contacts:  Kris Sherman: 253-404-3800; 253-226-6718 or kris.sherman@pdza.org Whitney DalBalcon: 253-404-3637 or whitney.dalbalcon@pdza.org TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WESTERN TOADS EMERGE FROM WETLAND POND AT NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK AS PROGRAM CONTINUES TO AID THIS ‘SPECIES OF CONCERN’ EATONVILLE, Wash. – Tens of thousands of fragile Western toads – each smaller than a pinkie fingernail – are hopping out of a wetland pond at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and making their way into the forest to begin new lives.   The annual mass migration is both mesmerizing and gratifying for Northwest Trek staff members and

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Happy Save the Frogs Day!

   Press Release Courtesy of Northwest Trek Contacts:  Kris Sherman: 253-404-3800; 253-226-6718 or kris.sherman@pdza.org Whitney DalBalcon: 253-404-3637 or whitney.dalbalcon@pdza.org     NORTHWEST TREK WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL CONSERVATION AWARD Association of Zoos & Aquariums cites wildlife park’s pioneering work to save the Oregon spotted frog and reintroduce it to the wild   EATONVILLE, Wash. – Northwest Trek Wildlife Park received a top honor at the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ recent convention, winning the North American Conservation Award for 2012.   The wildlife park earned the prestigious accolade for its pioneering work in a collaborative effort to save the Oregon spotted

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Director’s Message December 2012

Happy Holidays to you and your families in any manner that you choose to celebrate this beautiful time of year.  2012 has been an incredible year for Northwest Certified Forestry as we have undergirded our program with new staff and new leadership and in so doing have expanded our ability to serve dozens of current and new members of our program with on-the-ground timber and conservation management services.  I approach 2013 with great enthusiasm as we will be rolling out new services that will further help small woodland owners manage and niche market their timber and lumber products, enhance the

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Director’s Message November 2012

I had the opportunity to work up in the San Juans again for a few days last week.  I met with about a half dozen forest owners, then hosted an afternoon seminar that focused on the barriers to economically viable forest management in the islands.  Though the islands are certainly a unique community, they share a lot of similar challenges with other communities of small woodland owners throughout Washington.  Long, and therefore expensive haul distances to log markets, diminishing number of logging contractors, increasing regulatory barriers, lack of information on silvicultural alternatives, etc.  Arguably the biggest common barrier is decreasing

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The team behind the blog

Here are the women on staff at NNRG! Maddy Lisaius, our communications and marketing intern, and Lindsay Malone, our Director of Programs. We’ve just launched our new blog and are looking forward to using as a tool to provide better services to small forest landowners. Kirk Hanson, NNRG’s Director of Forestry, and Dan Stonington, NNRG Exec Director, are now high tech and linked up to blog from mobile phones in the field, so expect good photos and commentary from on the go.

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NNRG’s New Blog!

Hello and welcome to Northwest Natural Resource Group’s blog! Please check out the “home” tab above or NNRG’s website at nnrg.org for more information about NNRG, and stay tuned for this exciting new way to connect with NNRG! Feel free to contact us at maddy@nnrg.org if you have comments, questions or suggestions. Cheers!

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