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 savannas 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.

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 active stewardship, 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!

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Helping Your Forest Through Dry Times

The drier and hotter years ahead don’t have to spell trouble for the forests you steward. From recognizing and responding to drought stress in trees to planting tree species from other regions, there are steps you can take to mitigate the impacts of climate change in your forest.

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Stewarding Woodlands in a Changing Climate

Ben Deumling and his family steward Zena Forest, a member of NNRG’s group FSC® certificate. The largest contiguous block of forest in the Eola Hills of the Willamette Valley, Zena Forest has not been immune to the impacts of climate change. Facing large-scale Douglas-fir die-off, Ben describes below how he and his family are experimenting with planting less-traditional tree species—ones more tolerant to a warming climate.

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Seeking Forest Owners for New Study

You know better than anyone what kind of management work you’ve done in your forest, and what sorts of financial and ecological results its produced. Your closest forest-owning neighbor might have taken a different approach but ended up with similar results.

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