We are working with landowners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.
Increasingly, forest owners in San Juan County are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration efforts. For the past six years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes.
In 2018, NNRG hosted a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire and disease to their woods while using the excess woody biomass in creative and productive ways. A detailed summary of NNRG and our partners work in 2018 for the San Juans is described in Wrapping Up a Year-long Project on Biomass & Biofuels.
The 2018 edition of our San Juan County Forestry Services, Businesses, & Wood Products Directory will help you find and collaborate with logging contractors, equipment operators, arborists, tree workers, woodworkers, builders, architects, and consultants.
Our newest resources for San Juans forest owners include:
- Biochar Market Analysis for San Juan County and the Pacific Northwest – This study examines the state of the biochar industry in San Juan County and the greater Pacific Northwest to understand if biochar is a growing market, and what potential exists for expansion.
- Biochar Production for Forestry, Farms, and Community – An overview of biochar as solution for agricultural soil fertility and greenhouse gas accumulation with case studies from San Juan County.
- Woody Biomass Production Methods – An overview of different ways forest landowners can use and manufacture woody biomass in their woodlands.
- How to Measure Woody Biomass in Your Forest – This guidebook provides landowners with a practical inventory system for estimating the volume of timber and woody biomass in their forest. By using these guidelines, landowners can more easily collect information to inform their forest management decisions.
- Woody Biomass Calculator – This calculator tool allows forest owners to convert basic tree measurements and forest data into estimates of timber and biomass volumes.
- Biochar for Agriculture Guidebook – Introduction to the basics of biochar and applications in agriculture & farming.
For more information, check out our page of resources specifically for owners of San Juans forests!
Through these workshops participants learned ways they could decrease fire risk, improve forest health, increase habitat value, and generate income through emerging methods like biochar and biomass energy.
- How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass
- Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests
- Forest Tour: Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity
- Utilizing Woody Biomass to Reduce Fire Risk
- Biochar 101: Making Biochar from Woody Biomass
- Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass
- Hands-On Forestry for San Juans Woodlands
- Emerging Biofuel Options for San Juan Forests
- Small-scale logging & yarding for the DIY woodland owner