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Director's Message

Last month, NNRG hosted a two-day conference on forest resilience, carbon storage and climate change in partnership with the Evergreen State College. We brought together leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, including silviculture, public lands management, climate science, wood products manufacturing, and architecture to talk about how working forestlands can be better adapted to the impending effects of a changing climate — and conversely, how those forests can be managed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Too often the conversation about forests and climate change focuses exclusively on the ability of forests to store carbon, thus keeping it out of the air. However, this narrow approach can limit our ability to develop broader and more creative strategies to address climate change by enlisting multiple sectors of society.

We don’t often think about how the marketplace, for instance, can support the forest industry in growing older trees that are optimal for sequestering carbon. Nor do we think about the ways that more diverse tree species can increase a forest’s ability to thrive in a changing climate and be more economically resilient by producing a diversity of wood products. What role can architects play in specifying locally produced lumber that lasts longer in buildings, versus imported wood products or non-wood building materials that have higher carbon footprints? How can public lands shift towards longer rotation forestry and uneven-aged forest management practices that protect a broader range of public benefits such as improved watershed hydrology, increased carbon sequestration, and greater fire resiliency? What role can policy makers play in supporting public programs that help private forest owners adopt more climate-friendly forest management practices?

These are all key considerations we need to address as forest stewards across the Northwest grapple with shifts in climate that we’re already beginning to experience. With the help of the conversations initiated at last month’s conference, we are further down the path to addressing them collaboratively.

Kirk Hanson

Forestry Director
Northwest Natural Resource Group
(360) 316-9317
Retaining large, dominant trees that are important structurally and functionally — while also planting a range of native tree species suited to the forest — are two important adaptation strategies that Northwest landowners can use. Photo: Matt Freeman-Gleason

Upcoming Events

Family forest carbon markets in practice: Raincloud Tree Farm Tour
July 12, 2018
Oregon City, OR

Sustainable Cities July Roundtable: People, Forests, and Change
July 17, 2018
Snoqualmie, WA

Creative Native Landscapes
July 19, 2018
Ashland, OR

Seedlings to Sawmill Teacher Tour
August 1, 2018
Eugene, OR

Conservation Action Plan Funding Application Deadline
August 3, 2018

Ties to the Land, Succession Planning for Family Forest Owners
August 11, 2018
Olympia, WA

Community Forestry Day
August 11, 2018
Oregon City, OR

Family Forest Owners Field Day
August 18, 2018
Woodland, WA

San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day
August 25, 2018
Friday Harbor, WA

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
September 5 – October 24, 2018
Carnation, WA

Woodland Management: A basic forestry short course
September 12, 2018
Coquille, OR

Built Green Conference
September 13, 2018
Lynnwood, WA

Invasive Weed Control Field Practicum
September 15, 2018
Mount Vernon, WA
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
September 17 – November 5
Chehalis, WA

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
September 18 – November 6, 2018
Arlington, WA

Tool and Chainsaw Safety, Maintenance, and Forest Protection Field Day
September 22, 2018
Trout Lake, WA

Finding frogs and noticing newts
September 27, 2018
Coos Bay, OR

Making Shiitake Happen
October 17, 2018
Coquille, OR

Featured Project


Much of NNRG’s effort this spring has focused on our work for the Skokomish Tribe on the Tribe's forestland located at the south end of Hood Canal. To help the Tribe achieve its management goals, we’ve completed a timber appraisal and are planning the first commercial thinning on tribal lands in a couple decades. NNRG is applying the “thin from below” method in the commercial timber harvest: harvesting smaller, suppressed trees and leaving the larger dominant trees with more light, space and nutrients to thrive. We’ll also be removing trees displaying signs of root rot to help reduce the spread of the disease. The timber appraisal supports the Tribe’s efforts to purchase forestlands within its reservation.

In order to best serve the Skokomish Tribe, NNRG has recently added SuperACE software to our forestry tool box. Developed by Atterbury Consultants over the years, SuperACE is used to analyze the tree measurements foresters gather in the field, and gives valuable outputs such as trees per acre, wood volume per acre, and statistical analyses. These metrics are used to understand stand dynamics and growth, timber values and to inform forest management decisions.

NNRG foresters will continue to use this software for future projects that would benefit from stand metric estimates. Stand inventories for forests of all ages, thinning prescriptions, and stand growth analyses are just a few examples of SuperACE’s functions. Thank you, Atterbury Consultants, for sharing this tool with us and our forest landowner clients.

-Jose Narvaja
NNRG Forester

Join Our Team!

We’re hiring! NNRG's Outreach Associate is responsible for our communications through our monthly newsletter and social media, as well as promoting and coordinating educational events for forest owners, wood buyers, and the general public in Washington and Oregon. Learn more about the position and please forward the announcement to any qualified candidates!

2018 Funding Deadline

The application period for 2018 Conservation Activity Plan funding through NRCS will close on August 3rd. This program funds forest management plans, integrated pest management, fish, wildlife, and pollinator habitat plans, and more. Learn more about the different types of funded projects, check out the eligibility requirements, and submit your application by August 3rd to request 2018 funding.

Oregon Forests & Climate Change

This blog from Oregon State University has great posts sharing science-supported strategies for helping forests adapt to change.

A Climate Change Adaptation Case Study

U.S. Forest Service scientists have tested out climate resilience practices in a forest in Southwestern Oregon. Here they share their learning.

Pests Threaten Doug-Fir

Most flatheaded fir borers freeze to death over a normal winter, but during warmer winters, they survive and their population surges. These pests are killing tens of thousands of Douglas-fir on public land in Oregon.

Doug-Fir in a Changing Climate

This study from the U.S. Forest Service tested how different populations of Douglas-fir seedlings responded to different temperature and precipitation conditions. Some populations are likely to adapt with more success than other. 

Streams are a Carbon Source

A new study from Oregon State University found that a temperature increase of just 1 degree Celsius will increase carbon dioxide emissions from streams by 24 percent. 

The Long Arm of Deforestation

New research from the University of Washington shows that large-scale forest loss has atmospheric ramifications that can hurt forests far downwind, even on the opposite coast.

Learn more about climate mitigation and adaptation with these resources! 


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