Resources on Thinning & Selling Trees

In many Pacific Northwest forests, previous managers have removed the very features that gave the forests their structural complexity, such as big trees, large snags, down logs, and multi-layered canopy, and then planted seedlings at dense spacing. These crowded, overstocked stands often have diminished tree growth, poor wildlife habitat, low understory diversity, and increased wildfire risk. These stands can be enhanced by thinning out suppressed trees to give the remaining trees the light and space they need to thrive, as well as activate understory diversity, increase habitat potential, improve fire resilience, and generate a modest return. Whether you’re interested in using a chainsaw to take out a few trees or complete a full-blown commercial thinning, these guidance documents can help you prepare for harvest, complete an informed harvest operation, and accelerate the forest’s return to improved ecological integrity after harvest.

Before Harvest

During Harvest

After Harvest

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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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