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Biochar & Biofuels

Many forests in the Pacific Northwest are overstocked with trees, to the detriment of their ecological health. Thinning them is critical to improving tree growth, enhancing wildlife habitat, and reducing wildlife risk. But the challenge is often how to pay for that thinning, particularly when the trees are too small to mill as sawlogs, and they are distant from a pulp mill. 

One emerging commercial opportunity for this perceived “low value” material is to turn it into biochar, a form of charcoal used as a soil amendment. Another option is to burn it for energy as biofuel. These resources explain more about how to decide whether these opportunities might be right for you.

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Estate Planning Advice from A Family Forest

Planning what happens to your land after you pass on is a critical part of good forest stewardship. If you don’t plan to sell your land or pass it on to another family member, you’ll need to figure out not just how it will be managed in the future, but who will manage it. That involves a lot of decisions, and likely a lot of outside help. But even if you do plan to leave the land to your kids or other family members, don’t assume that transition will happen smoothly on its own.

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Restoring watershed ecosystems at Tarboo Forest

Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI), a Port Townsend-based non-profit, leads the work to regrow old-growth forests in the uplands of Tarboo Creek and re-establish forested wetlands in the floodplain. Over the years, NWI has quilted together Tarboo Wildlife Preserve, 396 acres in the Tarboo valley near Quilicene, Washington.

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GO WITH THE SNOW: WINTER FOREST MONITORING RESULTS

The future is looking drier, and the trees are taking notice. With climate change creating warmer and drier summers, how can we use forestry techniques to increase snowpack and slow snowmelt for water availability? This question led us at NNRG to create an experiment in practical forestry methods, in collaboration with several partners.

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