The Forest! Puget Sound butter clams Red angus raised in the Snoqualmie by the ranching family business “Forest Cattle”
It’s the water… among other ecosystem services. South Fork Tolt River Watershed, Winter 2013
Our members in Washington Members: 155 Acres: 140,000
Reasons for owning woodland Source: Family Forest Owners: An In-depth Profile, The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, Yale School of Forestry and Env. Studies, 2006
How we help landowners • FSC certification • Forestry planning • Workshops, webinars, training • Harvest and marketing assistance • Service provider referrals
Conservation and Restoration Projects Critter condos
Cost-Share Assistance • Voluntary and non-regulatory • Pays ~ 75% of project costs if hiring a contractor • Reimbursement grant • Projects can span up to 6 years • Provides funding to hire a consulting forester (TSP) • Funding is taxable income (but deductible)
Wood Product Marketing South Sound
Wood Product Marketing San Juans County
Preferred Provider Network • Consulting foresters • Preferred Providers • Legal consultants
Forest Stewardship Council Market-based certification systemincludes three key elements: • A third-party verification of forest management practices, chain-of-custody, & product labeling • A diverse membership that governs and monitors the system • Partnerships that promote those participating in the system Forest management Chain of Custody certificate Product labeling
Community 4.1.e. The forest owner or manager provides work opportunities to qualified local applicants and seeks opportunities for purchasing local goods and services of equal price and quality. 5.2. Forest management and marketing operations should encourage the optimal use and local processing of the forest's diversity of products. 5.2.a Preference is given to local, financially competitive, value-added processing and manufacturing facilities. 5.4. Forest management should strive to strengthen and diversify the local economy, avoiding dependence on a single forest product.
Economic P5: Forest management operations shall encourage the efficient use of the forest's multiple products and services to ensure economic viability. 5.4.b. The forest owner or manager reinvests in the local economy and the community through both active civic engagement and ongoing capital investment. 5.6. The rate of harvest of forest products shall not exceed levels that can be permanently sustained.
Environmental 6.3.g.1.a. Within harvest openings larger than 6 acres, 10-30% of pre-harvest basal area is retained. 6.3.g.1.a. Regeneration harvest blocks in even-aged stands average 40 acres or less. No individual block is larger than 60 acres. 6.3.g.1.d. Native hardwoods and understory vegetation are retained as needed to maintain and/or restore the natural mix of species and forest structure.
Environmental 6.3.e.1. Forest owners and managers retain (or, if absent, recruit) legacy trees, old and large trees, snags and woody debris to sustain populations of native plants, fungi, and animals, both within the harvest unit and across the FMU.
Environmental 6.5.b. Logging damage to regeneration and residual trees is minimized during harvest operations. 6.5.c. Management activities including site preparation, harvest prescriptions, techniques, timing, and equipment are selected and used to protect soil and water resources and to avoid erosion, landslides, and significant soil disturbance. 6.5.g. Recreation use on the FMU is managed to avoid negative impacts to soils, water, plants, wildlife, and wildlife habitats.
Biodiversity • Habitat • Water quality • Carbon • Long term profitability • Community stability • Product diversity • Niche higher value markets FSC management optimizes multiple values!
Every aspect of the process represents a conscious decision to go green. Employees work four 10-hour days to cut fuel costs, each furniture piece is stained with eco-friendly water-based products and Meyer Wells follows the trees from death to life to make sure they can be Forest Stewardship Council certified — meaning the pieces promote sustainable forestry.
Bringing it together O’Neill Pine Co. Douglas-fir Wild Thyme Farm Alder Windfall Lumber Flooring, trim, moulding, stair treds Hampton Affiliates Framing Lumber
FSC Certification process • Forest owner joins NCF as a member • Forest owner submits forest management plan, or NCF assists with developing plan • Review of forest management plan • Field audit • FSC Assessment Report • FSC certificate (may be conditional)
Thank you! Lindsay Malone Director of Member Services Northwest Natural Resource Group 209-971-8966 email@example.com