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Solving Woody Biomass in the Forests of the San Juan Islands

Engaging with woodland owners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability. NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, hosting tours and classes. Increasingly, landowners have sought guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration. In 2017, we hosted a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire, diseases and lost value to their

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Woody biomass trainings to reduce risks in the San Juan Islands

Landowners in San Juan County are addressing the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability. NNRG and our partners have worked with many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, hosting tours and classes. Increasingly, landowners have sought instruction on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of stand improvements and restoration treatments. In 2017, we hosted a series of workshops for forest owners interested in reducing risks to their woodlands and using the extra woody biomass

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Tools to inform forest stewardship decisions

Many forest owners want to reap a diverse harvest from their land: ecological, social, and financial benefits, all from the same forest. But how to achieve these good intentions? Fostering a future grove of old-growth or restoring an oak woodland may mean thinning out “extra” trees through commercial harvest. Creating a home for pileated woodpeckers and other wildlife requires leaving many of the largest trees and snags standing instead of removing them for firewood. Earning periodic income from the forest – be it timber or floral greens – starts with an initial investment in long-range planning and infrastructure to optimize harvest options. Forest stewardship requires landowners

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Thank You Thursday is 9/28 at Reuben’s Brews

Help forests, drink beer! On Thank You Thursday at Reuben’s Brews, $1 from every pint you buy supports NNRG’s work to protect and restore Northwest Forests.   September 28, 2017 – 3:00 to 8:00pm Reuben’s Brews – 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Reuben’s Brews has a special place in our hearts. First and foremost, they make fantastic beer! Second, they brew beer with water from a Forest Stewardship Council® certified forest. Drinking (and beer brewing) water in Seattle comes from the forests of the Cedar River Watershed and South Fork Tolt Watershed in the Cascade foothills. It is some of

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Promoting decision making tools for informed forest stewardship

Giving landowners the decision-making tools they need to become informed forest stewards   Landowners can encounter barriers that prevent them from taking an active approach to stewarding their forests. We interviewed landowners to understand their stewardship concerns, their sources of information, and the factors that influence their management activities. Landowners make decisions based on their understanding of their forest’s health, the availability of contractors, and the income potential from an activity and its corresponding costs. Important factors guiding their decisions include recommendations from forestry professionals who know their land and the goals they identify in their forest management plans.   We developed tools to help forest

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Hyla Woods and Zena Forest in the News!

Eugene Weekly published a wonderful piece celebrating the values behind responsibly sourced timber. Two of our pioneering  members are featured in the story. Both Hyla Woods and Zena Forest are Forest Stewardship Council-certified woodlands that employ diverse silvicultural practices that balance forest health and wildlife habitat with sustainable timber production. Learn more about their stewardship and buy beautiful wood to support ecological forestry!

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Family Forest Field Day Resources

Thanks for stopping by the NNRG booth at the Forest Owner Field Day! We hope you had a terrific day of learning in the woods. In case you didn’t get a copy of the handouts you wanted, we’ve curated the materials NNRG provided in the links below. We wish you all the best in the stewardship of your forest!   Financing the Stewardship of your Forest Financing Stewardship Forestry: A Guide to Conservation-Based Markets and Programs for Small Forest Landowners Funding Opportunity: Environmental Quality Incentives Program   About Forest Stewardship Council certification Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Fact Sheet FSC: The Gold

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Forest Tour: Many Shapes & Sizes

Kevin Kaster (right), owner of a small-scale sawmill in Clackmas Co., presents a sample product to forest managers, designers, and woodland owners. A Tour of “GOOD WOOD” Management and Products REGISTER TODAY! Can a forest be managed for different purposes? Why might one tree be cut and another left standing? How does the way our forests are managed affect the products that come from them? And, do you know where your wood comes from? Join the Build Local Alliance, Forests Forever, Inc., and OSU Extension to explore these questions on a “Good Wood” Management and Products tour. At this event hosted

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