Mission & Approach

Mission

We strengthen the ecological and economic vitality of Northwest forests and communities by connecting people with the knowledge, skills, and markets they need to steward their land.

Approach

NNRG is a think-learn-and-do tank of ecological forestry. We advance the state of knowledge about ecological forestry, spread the word about its benefits and feasibility, and help landowners put it into practice on their own forests.

Operating primarily in western Washington and Oregon, we focus on forests owned and managed by private landowners, smaller forest product companies, governmental agencies, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations. Ecological forestry (defined in more detail here) is an approach that mimics natural processes wherever possible and treats the forest as a whole system.

What we do

Help landowners take care of their forests

Whether you’ve just acquired your forestland and need to draw up a management plan, or you’re preparing to harvest some of your timber, NNRG can help. We have a team of seasoned foresters who will work with you and your forestland to attain your economic, ecological, and social goals. Our services also include reforestation, forest inventory, and timber appraisals.

Offer the Forest Stewardship Council® seal of approval

NNRG holds a group certificate from the Forest Stewardship Council, the most rigorous and credible forest certification system in the world. More than 80 forests covering 190,000 acres in Oregon and Washington meet the FSC’s exacting standards and earn their certification through NNRG. We also help wood-buyers find building materials from well-managed forests, through a searchable database which we operate in partnership with the US Forest Stewardship Council.  Go here for a list of our FSC-certified landowner members.

Spread the word about ecological forestry

Through workshops, conference presentations, and our extensive online library of resources, we help forest owners and managers see the potential in applying ecological forestry to their lands.

Deepen our understanding of ecological forestry

We’re currently engaged in two research projects that will contribute to our understanding of how ecological forestry works.

In partnership with the Oregon State University, we are conducting a study of the financial results of timber harvests of various kinds, so that forest landowners can foresee more accurately the economic gain they could realize from thinning their forest instead of cutting it down entirely.

In anticipation of climate change’s impact on Northwest forests, we are developing a curriculum for foresters and landowners about how to modify their management strategies in anticipation of the hotter, drier summers predicted for our region.

Through our programs, we work to achieve three primary objectives:

  1. Provide access to the tools and information that landowners need to sustainably manage their forest.
  2. Improve the economics of sustainable forest management so that all landowners can secure the financial resources to steward their land, and consumers can support ecological forestry with their purchases.
  3. Empower communities of forest owners and businesses to work together and champion the cause of ecological forestry.

History

NNRG began in 1992 as a community-based non-profit organization striving for economic and environmental vitality on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The organization changed its name from the Olympic Peninsula Foundation to Northwest Natural Resource Group in 1997 to reflect an expanded geographic focus. NNRG is now in its third decade of helping landowners improve the health of forests in the Northwest.

Strategic Plan

For more about our approach, read our current Strategic Plan

latest news & Events

Skokomish Tribal Forest Certified

The Skokomish Indian Tribe has earned Forest Stewardship Council® certification for its 2,100-acre forest at the south end of Hood Canal, making it the first tribe in Washington state to gain that endorsement.The Skokomish Tribe join three other Indian tribes in the United States in maintaining FSC® certification: the Coquille Tribe in Oregon, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council in California, and the Menominee in Wisconsin.

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Prepare Your Home and Forest for Wildfire

Fire is as natural a part of Pacific Northwest forests as the rain and sun. ​And while the type and frequencies of wildfire differs east and west of the Cascades, landowners everywhere can prepare their homes and forests for wildfire if it arrives.

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