Thinning & Harvest

Northwest Certified Forestry (NCF), NNRG’s landowner stewardship and certification program, specializes in conservation-based forest management and consulting. We provide a broad suite of services that range from timber harvest administration to wildlife habitat enhancement. Our clients include family forests, land trusts, conservation groups, public land managers, and more.

NCF utilizes silvicultural approaches that improve long-term forest health, productivity, timber quality and value. Our harvest treatments are also designed to enhance wildlife habitat and species diversity while protecting water and soil quality. Following is a list of timber harvest services and a general outline of the timber harvest process.

Timber Harvest Services

Our timber harvest services include, but are not limited to:

  • Forest stand evaluation (e.g. forest health, timber quality)
  • Propose management recommendations
  • Prepare forest practice permit applications and other permits
  • Prepare logging contracts
  • Recommend logging contractors and negotiate logging costs
  • Tree selection and marking for timber harvest
  • Timber harvest oversight and compliance monitoring
  • Log marketing
  • Prepare summaries of timber sale revenues
  • Assist in preparation of forest excise tax returns
  • Timber cruising and appraisal
  • Other technical services as required

Timber Harvest Process

NCF takes great care in developing and overseeing your timber harvest from planning to completion. The process first begins with an initial site visit to evaluate your forest stands and discuss harvest options and logistics. Additional site visits may be necessary to discuss and develop harvest options depending on the complexity of the operation. The timber harvest plan will then be developed based on your goals and the needs of your forest. Once that has been completed, NNRG prepares the Forest Practices Application (FPA) for your submission to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other permits to jurisdictions as required. Please note that submitting the FPA will require a landowner signature, review of the document, and payment of a permit fee.* NNRD will then mark the boundaries of the harvest unit and/or property and select and mark trees for removal. The next step is to develop the logging contract, interview, and select a logging contractor, and negotiate logging costs. NNRG will oversee the logging process and timber marketing throughout the harvest. Finally, we will prepare summaries of timber sales and assist you in the preparation of forest excise tax returns to Washington State Department of Revenue.

*The landowner pays the permit fee associated with the application. As of November 2014, the permit fee is typically $100, but this may vary depending on the nature of the ownership or harvest project. It is subject to change per DNR. Notification on fees is available here.

Resources to help forest owners embark on a harvest project:

To learn more, please contact us.

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