Join Our Next Hike
All around Heart Lake
Saturday, July 21st
10am until after noon
There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove.
Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot.
ACFL Work Parties
Please check the calendar for ACFL Work Party dates! Work Parties generally run from 9 AM-11 AM and are a fun, active way to get involved.
Please check out our 2017 Annual Report and see the good things we are doing!
Friends of the Forest Totes Now Available
Pick up these great new tote bags on sale now at Anacortes Health and Nutrition.
Read about Friends of the Forest
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 1987 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.