Tonight's Hike is cancelled due to high winds!
Friends of the Forest Totes Now Available
Pick up these great new tote bags on sale now at Anacortes Health and Nutrition.
Tickets for 2017 Benefit Event On Sale Now!
The Annual Friends of the Forest Benefit Event tickets are now available! You may purchase individual tickets or tables of eight or ten with a credit card online or at Watermark Book Company or the Friends of the Forest office with a check or cash. Tickets purchased online will be mailed to you. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 AM-1:00PM at the Depot building. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Friends of Forest 30th Annual Benefit Event
The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit will take place from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, November 4th, at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and music plus silent and live auctions featuring artwork, day trips, goods, and services. Cost is $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight/ $600 for a table of ten. Tickets will be available at Watermark Book Company, the Friends of the Forest office or online starting in mid-September. Proceeds support forest education and stewardship programs. Questions? Call 360.293.3725.
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Night Animals of the Forest - Heart Lake
Saturday, October 28th
10am until about noon
Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the nocturnal season. Our annual Halloween exploration is fun for everyone! Costumes are welcome. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.
Little Cranberry Fire
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. Trail #122 remains closed at this time.
Trails #102 and #103 have recently reopened. As in the past, these trails are only for hikers—not bikes, horses, or motorcycles. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay on the trail and do not walk off in the burned area , as lots of new growth is coming up in the burned area and we do not want to damage it. Also, going off trail in the fire zone can be extremely dangerous due to holes, loose rocks, and weakened trees, not to mention going off trail has always been illegal in the ACFL.
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.
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.