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

Forestry Tips for Autumn

Each season presents the best time to conduct different stewardship activities. Timing your forest management for the ideal season will help you achieve success and avoid setbacks. This page provides tips to help you make the most of autumn out in your woods.

Continue »

Resources for Funding Forest Stewardship

Many public agencies offer funding to help forest owners pay for stewardship activities and realize their woodland goals. Whether you envision a habitat-rich stand bursting with forage shrubs and large snags; a business plan for timber harvest on your land; or an aesthetic retreat replete with meandering trails, there’s funding available to help you get there.

Continue »

Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass

Wildfire risk across San Juan County is at an all-time high – largely due to increasingly overstocked forests. Thinning excess woody biomass from densely stocked forests can reduce wildfire risk while presenting an opportunity for local, sustainable energy production.

Continue »


Sign up for our monthly newsletter and get the latest information about our programs, special events and other news.
* Required Fields