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USDA invests in crop insurance education throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

SPOKANE— The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Spokane Regional Office today announces $620,499 in partnership agreement awards that will support crop insurance education and outreach to ensure that small and underserved producers get the information they need to effectively manage their risk and remain productive.

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Open house at local farm showcases sustainably produced lumber

OAKVILLE– Sustainable wood products will be on display for customers and visitors at an open house at Wild Thyme Farm in Oakville on Saturday, Nov. 2. The farm, run by John Henrikson, is both an experimental agroforestry farm and a custom-milled lumber business that grows a combination of native and exotic trees that visitors can tour.

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The Hoh River Trust and the City of Astoria recently FSC-certified

A new partnership is using forest certification to protect jobs and the Pacific Northwest’s iconic coastal forest. The owners, government and non-profit, have obtained Forest Stewardship Council TM (FSC®) certification of their practices, conveying recognition of their sustainable management practices that protect drinking water and habitat for endangered species, while also earning revenue and generating jobs from harvesting timber.

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Agreement will assist small forest landowners in developing more sustainable forests

SEATTLE – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Northwest Natural Resource Group are announcing an innovative public-private partnership for collaboration and innovation in outreach to small forest landowners. Small forest landowners own one quarter of all forests in Washington State, and development pressure continues to encroach upon natural resource lands, making them harder to maintain. The need for innovative tools and assistance that keep these lands viable has never been greater. Landowners and rural communities need new economic opportunities, and forests across the state need improved health and resilience to maintain clean water, resist catastrophic forest fires, and adapt to climate change. Read on.

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Landowners getting win for environment and pocketbook

MCKENNA – When Bill and Karen Lane bought 20 acres of forested land in the McKenna Forest Reserve near Yelm, WA, it was for their retirement home, but it has also proved to be a source of income as they harvested one-third of their trees in an ecologically-based commercial thinning operation this winter with help from Northwest Certified Forestry. Many landowners have performed similar harvests with NCF and have worked with the program to restore and diversify their forests.

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Forest owners to learn how to cut and yard own logs; retain more profit

YELM – Owning private woodlands has the potential for profitable harvests of trees, but hiring a contractor to cut and haul them can be expensive. Northwest Certified Forestry, a service organization for small woodland owners, will be putting on a training workshop on June 9 in a forest near Yelm to show forest owners how to do their own logging by selecting, cutting and yarding trees themselves.

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NNRG Receives Funding to Develop Forest Monitoring Protocol

NNRG was recently awarded funding from the US Department of Agriculture Conservation Innovations Grant program and The Mountaineers Foundation to begin development of an ecological monitoring tool designed to make emerging ecosystem service markets more accessible to small forest landowners in the Pacific Northwest.

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Recent Ice Storm Tax Saving Opportunities for Small Woodland Owners

It hasn’t been since 1996 that Western Washington timberland owners experienced the havoc of heavy snow and ice storms. The recent storm has resulted in much damaged and destroyed timber. The income tax rules do provide some relief in the form of a timber casualty loss deduction for affected landowners.

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WA Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee Survey

The Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee is conducting the following survey to find out about the awareness, perceptions and utilization of the Small Forest Landowner Long Term Application.

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Funding Available for Forest Management Plans

Through the EQIP program, landowners can receive financial assistance to hire a qualified consulting forester to help them develop a comprehensive forest management plan.

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NCF Members Pursue FSC® and Salmon Safe Dual Certification

If you are looking for another way to expand your forest and agricultural products marketability, you might consider seeking Salmon Safe certification in addition to FSC®.

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NNRG is Awarded Substantial Funding to Support Conservation Forestry on the Olympic Peninsula

Your friends at NNRG are proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Satterberg Foundation to fund conservation forestry efforts in Jefferson County, WA.

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Application deadline for 2012 EQIP Projects is August 19, 2011

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offers funding to help non-industrial private forest landowners implement conservation projects on their forestland throught the Environment Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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Greening a Forest Legacy

NCF Member Chris Goodman VI offers some tips for families new to forest management

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International Veneer Company to pay FSC® certification costs for small woodland owners

International Veneer Company (IVC) is offering to cover the first year FSC® certification cost and membership fee in Northwest Certified Forestry for forest owners who have veneer grade alder they are willing to sell.

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