Friends of the Forest

Dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach & stewardship


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Thanks to this year’s Friends of the Forest
Benefit Event Sponsors!

McMullen & Ochs, Attorney at Law
Shell Puget Sound Refinery
Mountain View Dental Center
Samish Indian Nation

Barrett Financial Ltd, Community Caring Project
Cap Sante Inn
Chandlers Square Retirement Community, in memory of
John Tursi

Derek Damon, Orthodontics
Emerald Marine Carpentry
Heritage Bank
Island Import Garage
North Sound Oral and Facial Surgery, P.S.
Port of Anacortes
Sebo's Henery Hardware
Skagit Runners

A’ Town Bistro
Bayside Dental Care
Dakota Creek Industries Inc.
Fidalgo Animal Medical Center
Strandberg Construction Inc.


  • 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. 

Join our next hike: 

(Our annual Bat Cave Hike of 25+ years is cancelled due to the fire, please join us for this alternate version!)

Heart Lake Trail of Darkness hike for all ages 
Saturday, October 29th
10am until about noon

Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the dark season. Our annual exploration of nocturnal wildlife is fun for everyone! Costumes are welcome. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot on the east side of the lake, just off of Heart Lake Road. (This hike is shorter than most and will include story time half way through, and treats at the end!)

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!