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- A special note~
As most of you know, there was a forest fire in the Little Cranberry Lake Area of the ACFL that began on August 25th. City staff and first responders supported DNR fire crews as they worked for days to contain the fire to 17.6 acres. The cause is still unknown, though suspected to be human related. It began close to the old copper mine, also know as The Bat Cave.
Though contained, the fire is expected to continue underground with occasional flare-ups for the next couple of months. DNR and city staff will be monitoring the site daily. The fire zone is off limits indefinitely. Closed trails within the fire zone include parts of #103, #102, and all of #122.
We will continue to work closely with our friends at the city to help increase public awareness about the fire, and encourage people to stay out of the fire area for their own safety as well as to promote the natural ecological process of recovery for this precious area of our woods.
- ACFL Trail Maps now available through the City of Anacortes website.
- John Tursi and the Tursi Trail Commemoration
click here to see the presentation held on December 8th
Join our next hike:
Heart Lake Hike - for adults
Friday, February 10th
10am until noon
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.
Please understand that our hikes are for people only, we ask that you leave your pets at home.
Visit our Calendar for all Hikes, Work Parties and Activities!
About the Friends
The Friends of the Forest is a non-profit citizens organization dedicated to the preservation of the ACFL through education, outreach, and stewardship. We first formed in 1986 to "preserve, protect, and enjoy" our community forest. Our group was instrumental in the successful effort to halt revenue logging in the ACFL, and essential to the creation and promotion of a system to provide long term legal preservation of the forest. We welcome all who share in our mission.
The ACFL: We've protected it now let's take care of it!