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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2018 Accomplishments by the Numbers

2018 was a productive year for NNRG and the forests our members steward! We are so inspired by the landowners and managers in our community who worked to enhance habitat for threatened and endangered species, removed invasive species, planted a diverse array of native seedlings and shrubs, and pursued new markets for local wood products. These are highlights from 2018.

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Family Forests as a Natural Capital Endowment

​My family’s forestlands have grown to just over 200 acres in the past few years. Thirty of this is what I refer to as our “homestead” property, the first parcel my wife and I bought when we barely had two nickels to rub together in our mid-20’s, and on which we’ve recently completed a family cabin. The other 170 or so acres are comprised of two additional parcels that are part of the “Hanson Family Estate”, forestlands that my parents have invested in, and that I manage as a trust endowment for our family.

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Combat Blackberries!

Pair Family Forest, situated in the Snoqualmie Valley just west of Duvall, had a serious invasives problem when the family purchased the land in 2005. About a third of the property was choked with tangled pockets of Himalayan blackberry thicket. The brambles had muscled out the native shrubbery and posed a serious problem for Wayne, who had visions of transforming his forest into a mixed-age, biologically-rich ecosystem.

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Resources for San Juan County Forest Owners

Northwest Natural Resource Group and our partners have hosted ecological forestry workshops in the San Juan Islands since 2012. These resources are specifically for San Juan County forest owners who are interested in learning techniques to reduce fire risk, increase forest value, manage timber sales, market forest products, and improve the ecological and economic health of island forests.

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