Ecological Forestry Resources

 

Timber harvest is not the only reason why forest owners in the Pacific Northwest choose to own forest land. Sequestering carbon, fostering habitat, filtering water, purifying air, providing recreation, and generating revenue are all management goals supported by techniques we call “ecological forestry.” These strategies enable landowners to manage their forests for multiple benefits, from boosting the structural complexity that provides good habitat to improving tree growth by removing suppressed trees that are choking the understory. These resources provide a fascinating dive into forest ecology and the forestry practices that help restore and preserve healthy working forests.

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Summer Forest Stewardship Tips

Summer is the perfect time for major forest management activities like thinning trees, controlling weeds and invasives, and maintaining roads. Performing these stewardship activities in

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Raising 5,200 Children by Shovel and Machete

This January the Hansons embarked on a large reforestation project on their forest near Olympia, Washington. Comprising 18 acres and 5,200 seedlings, it’s been their most ambitious planting job to date — one that has had Hanson parents, kids, and grandkids weathering much of the current pandemic from deep in the forest.

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A Field Guide to Harvest Equipment

The forests of the Pacific Northwest are teeming with movement and noise—not all of it animal in origin! Stroll through an NNRG member forest undergoing an ecological harvest or thinning and you might catch a glimpse of one of these logging machines (don’t forget to wear appropriate safety-gear!).

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