Economics of Thinning Study

Helping landowners learn from their peers about harvest options.

How do management decisions affect the economics of harvest outcomes? And what economic outcomes have impacts on harvest management?

Northwest Natural Resource Group (NNRG) and Oregon State University (OSU) are collaborating on a research project to understand the range of outcomes local forest owners have achieved from timber harvests. The purpose of this study is to help landowners learn from the experiences of peers with similar forests and similar management goals for their land. 

This page will be updated with new information and analysis throughout 2021.

NNRG presented case studies from this research at the Northwest Innovative Forestry Summit (NIFS) on April 1, 2021. We’ll share the recording of the presentation once it’s available.

NIFS is a venue for regional learning, exchange, and ongoing cooperation to implement ecological forest management strategies. The programs focus on sustainable, forest-related innovation – past, present, and future.

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Preliminary Results

The project researchers presented preliminary results from the study at the virtual Community Forest Forum in October 2020. Check out the event recording to get a sneak peek into the research findings!

Contact the researchers

If you have any questions about this study, feel free to contact the researchers:

Klaus Puettmann is a Professor in Silviculture Alternatives with the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. Rowan Braybrook is the Director of Programs at Northwest Natural Resource Group.

This project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), under grant award 2017-68006-26394, Enabling Data-Driven Decision Making for Small Forest Producers.

This research is being conducted by Northwest Natural Resource Group and Oregon State University.

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Funding for this project is provided by:

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

Photos by Matt Freeman-Gleason

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