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 market premium. We’ll also discuss small-scale milling and how to grow, harvest, and transform wood from your forest into valuable products.

After an indoor session in the morning, we’ll tour the forest to identify important tree and plant species that are common to our woodlands and identify some of their most-valued attributes.


Topics include:

  • Wild crafting
  • Ethnobotany
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Ecosystem services
  • Assessing forest resources and timber quality
  • Techniques to grow high value timber
  • Log markets
  • Managing mixed species forests
  • Small-scale milling
  • And much more!


Details and registration:

We are offering this workshop in both Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Please feel free to choose the most convenient date and location! Note, we will emphasize the local programs and resources at each state-specific event.


WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Plas Newydd Farm, 33415 NW Lancaster Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642

COST: $15.00 – Registration fee covers event costs and lunch


All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!



WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Hyla Woods (Address provided to registrants), Timber, OR

COST: $15.00 – Registration fee covers event costs and lunch


All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!



For more details about this workshop series, So, you own a forest, please go to:

This workshop is funded by the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, special thanks to:

We’d like to thank our project partners:

  • Sustainable Northwest
  • Build Local Alliance
  • West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
  • University of Washington – School of Environmental & Forest Sciences

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