Forest Restoration

Forests of the Northwest are extraordinary ecosystems. From our Pacific temperate rain forests and dry-side Ponderosa pine communities to our Willamette Valley oak savannahs and Puget Trough woodlands, the forests of the Northwest are diverse landscapes. They are rich in wildlife and plant species with complex interactions; home to some of the world’s tallest trees and species found only in our region. They are our aesthetic oasis for urban and wilderness recreation. Every forest, be it a five-acre woodlot to a 100,000-acre watershed, contributes to providing the essentials of clean water, clean air, and a vibrant regional economy.

Unfortunately many forests in our region need help to reach their true ecological and economic potential. Years of single-species management, overstocked stands, invasive species, poor attention to hydrology, and passive management can result in forests susceptible to unwelcomed disease and disturbance. Without assistance, forests may not provide the beauty, health, and economic benefits they have the potential to sustain.

Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources to assess and restore forest health, enhance habitat and increase long-term productivity. Key techniques include reintroducing diversity through thinning of diseased and suppressed trees; replanting native species; creating habitat piles and snags; addressing forest road and sediment issues; and restoring riparian areas.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

NNRG staff have supported dozens of restoration projects for small private woodland owners, conservation groups, cities, counties, and tribal government. What’s your top restoration priority?

The most important decision you can make to promote wildlife habit in your forest is to create or retain dead wood. If your forest lacks large down logs and standing snags, building a wildlife habitat pile is a great way to shelter a wide variety of critters:

For more information, please contact:

Kirk Hanson
Director of Forestry
kirk@nnrg.org
360-316-9317

Our membership program can give you the support, resources, and expertise you need to make your vision a reality in your forest!

Our membership program can give you the support, resources, and expertise you need to make your vision a reality in your forest!

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