Northwest Certified Forestry (NCF), our forest stewardship and certification program, exists to help forest owners like you increase the ecological value and economic potential of their land.
Join a vibrant community dedicated to stewarding woodlands in ways that realize diverse goals: improving and protecting wildlife habitat, enhancing populations of rare native plants, increasing carbon storage, sustaining clean water, growing valuable timber, offering verdant beauty, and inspiring simple enjoyment.
NCF members love their forests and are committed to caring for them in the best way they can.
Our members include families, small businesses, youth camps, land trusts, conservation groups, and public lands. They harvest and sell timber. Some run their own sawmills and turn the trees from their woods into floors, furnishings, and homes. They sell firewood. They protect old-growth and actively enhance habitat for rare and endangered species. They cultivate wild crafted products and forage from the land. They supply communities with clean water to drink and clean air to breathe. Some enjoy the beauty and solitude of their forests in private while others invite guests to retreat, students to learn, or travelers to AirBnB.
Our members own woodlands that represent an incredible diversity of forest communities found in the Pacific Northwest. They span the temperate rainforests of the Hoh River valley to the ponderosa foothills of Leavenworth. They range from forests of Port Orford cedar and myrtlewood along the southern Oregon Coast, to the oak woodlands of the Willamette Valley and San Juan Islands. They include groves of giant western red cedar tucked into the Willapa Hills and along the flanks of Mount Baker. And of course, all of our members grow Douglas-fir, the iconic species that unifies our region.
Membership connects you to unique resources, expert consultation, educational workshops, learning tours, as well as access to Forest Stewardship Council® certification. Through the NCF network, people make friends and acquaintance with those who share similar passions and challenges. At every level of membership, we look forward to working with you to help forests thrive!
Our Membership Options
Forest landowners in Oregon and Washington, including families, small businesses, youth camps, land trusts, conservation groups, tribes, and public land managers, who are interested in Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification, the gold-standard of sustainable ecological forestry. NNRG manages an FSC group certificate to provide certification services at a significantly lower cost. Learn more about getting certified.
Benefits & Services
Annual Membership Fees
Initial Fee / Annual Renewal
Initial Fee / Annual Renewal with Management Activity / Annual Renewal Limited Management Activity
Individual or Family – $75
Organization – $175
Family (<100 acres) – $250/$75
Small (101-200 acres) – $350/$150
Large (>200 acres) – Negotiated
Family (<100 acres) –
Small (101 – 200 acres) –
Large (>200 acres) – Negotiated
*FSC certification requires annual check-ins with NNRG. These check-ins include a field audit of significant management activities and a random sample audit of FSC-certified lands. NNRG strives to make access to FSC certification affordable and charges only the costs of managing the group certificate across Oregon and Washington.
In years when there is significant management activity on your land such as harvesting timber (>5,000 board feet) or road building, a field audit from NNRG staff is required. During these years, the renewal rate is 2/3 of your initial membership fee. In years when there is no significant management activity on your land and NNRG does not need to conduct a field audit, the renewal rate is 1/3 of your initial membership fee.
For example, for a family forest with less than 100 acres:
In years when there is harvest activity or road work, a field audit is required. The cost for the annual renewal is $250. In years when the forest requires minimal maintenance and is “growing along”, there is no field audit from NNRG. The cost for the annual renewal is $75.