Small forest landowners in the northwest face increasing challenges to keeping their lands in forest use and contributing to the rural economy. Real estate pressures, complex changing regulations, and fluctuating markets for timber cause many landowners to sell or develop their land, permanently removing it from forestry and the economic/environmental benefits forestland provides. This project created a handbook and presented four hands-on workshops (3 intro, 1 follow-up) and one forest tour, reaching 70 small landowners in southwest Washington to increase understanding of sustainable forest management, markets for local, certified wood products, small-scale manufacturing, and ecosystem services. Workshops and the handbook allowed landowners to take advantage of current and emerging markets for certified products and ecosystem services decreasing the financial risk of operations based solely on commodity timber. NNRG also provided individual follow-up consultations to interested landowners to assist in implementation of strategies for diversified revenue streams and improved operations. During this project 19 landowners updated their management plans, 15 completed forest inventories, 19 enrolled in financial assistance programs and 24 implemented some sort of income diversification strategy.
Number of Participants: 70
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