Mission & Approach


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.


We are dedicated to promoting a sustainable, environmentally-sound economy in the forestlands of the Pacific Northwest. We focus on the smaller woodlands owned and managed by private landowners, smaller forest product companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

What we do

Our primary tool to accomplish our mission is Northwest Certified Forestry (NCF), a membership program for public, non-profit, and family forest landowners that provides access to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, as well as forest management assistance, connections landowner incentives programs, marketing, and educational workshops. We currently have more than 160 members across more than 160,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.

Go here for a list of our FSC-certified landowner members.

In addition to NCF, NNRG launched its Watershed Innovations program in 2009. The program focuses on ecosystem service-based incentives for forestland owners and includes a forest carbon offset protocol called Northwest Neutral, which was developed to provide access to emerging carbon markets for small woodland owners.

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 help restore forests with their purchases.
  3. Empower communities of forest owners and businesses to work together and champion the cause of ecological forestry.


NNRG began in 1992 as a community-based non-profit organization striving for economic and environmental vitality in one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, the Olympic Peninsula of 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 fostering collaborative, market-based approaches to assist landowners in improving the health of forests in the Northwest.

Strategic Plan

For more about our approach, click here to read our current strategic plan.

latest news & Events

2018 Accomplishments by the Numbers

2018 was a productive year for NNRG and the forests our members steward! We are so inspired by the landowners and managers in our community who worked to enhance habitat for threatened and endangered species, removed invasive species, planted a diverse array of native seedlings and shrubs, and pursued new markets for local wood products. These are highlights from 2018.

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Family Forests as a Natural Capital Endowment

​My family’s forestlands have grown to just over 200 acres in the past few years. Thirty of this is what I refer to as our “homestead” property, the first parcel my wife and I bought when we barely had two nickels to rub together in our mid-20’s, and on which we’ve recently completed a family cabin. The other 170 or so acres are comprised of two additional parcels that are part of the “Hanson Family Estate”, forestlands that my parents have invested in, and that I manage as a trust endowment for our family.

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Combat Blackberries!

Pair Family Forest, situated in the Snoqualmie Valley just west of Duvall, had a serious invasives problem when the family purchased the land in 2005. About a third of the property was choked with tangled pockets of Himalayan blackberry thicket. The brambles had muscled out the native shrubbery and posed a serious problem for Wayne, who had visions of transforming his forest into a mixed-age, biologically-rich ecosystem.

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Resources for San Juan County Forest Owners

Northwest Natural Resource Group and our partners have hosted ecological forestry workshops in the San Juan Islands since 2012. These resources are specifically for San Juan County forest owners who are interested in learning techniques to reduce fire risk, increase forest value, manage timber sales, market forest products, and improve the ecological and economic health of island forests.

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