Mission

Northwest Natural Resource Group exists because healthy working forests are essential to our world. Our mission is to use the marketplace to restore forests and local economies.

Approach

We are dedicated to promoting a sustainable, environmentally-sound economy in the forestlands of the Pacific Northwest. We focus on the smaller woodlands owned and managed by private landowners, smaller forest product companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

History and Programs

NNRG began in 1992 as a community-based non-profit organization striving for economic and environmental vitality in one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The organization changed its name from the Olympic Peninsula Foundation to Northwest Natural Resource Group in 1997 to reflect an expanded geographic focus. NNRG is now in its third decade of fostering collaborative, market-based approaches to assist landowners in improving the health of forests in the Northwest.

Our primary tool to accomplish our mission is Northwest Certified Forestry (NCF), a membership program for public, non-profit, and family forest landowners that provides access to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, forest management assistance, landowner incentives, marketing, and educational workshops.

In addition to NCF, NNRG launched its Watershed Innovations program in 2009. The program focuses on ecosystem service-based incentives for forestland owners and includes a forest carbon offset protocol called Northwest Neutral, which was developed to provide access to emerging carbon markets for small woodland owners.

Through our programs, we work to achieve three primary objectives: 1) provide access to the tools and information that landowners need to sustainably manage their forest 2) improve the economics of sustainable forest management so that all landowners can secure the financial resources to steward their land, and consumers can help restore forests with their purchases and 3) empower communities of forest owners and businesses to work together and champion the cause of ecological forestry.

For more about our approach, click here to read our current strategic plan.