Join our next hike

Pine Ridge Loop Hike for Seniors and Adults

  • Friday, March 1st, 2019

  • 10:00 AM -Noon

  • Distance: 1.25 miles

What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path.

Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive

By-Law Amendment

At our Annual Membership meeting on February 27th, the membership will be voting to approve an amendment to the by-laws that govern the Friends of the Forest. Please click here to view the existing by-laws: Existing By-laws. And please click here to view the proposed amendment, shown in red text: Proposed By-law Amendment. Contact our office with any questions regarding this proposal.

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After an overwhelming response, our online pre-ordering has ended. But don’t worry if you missed it! We’ll have gear for sale in our office starting mid-February. An assortment of merchandise will also be available at our annual meeting on February 27th (see below).

Annual Membership Meeting

All are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting!

Wednesday, February 27that the Depot (611 R Ave)

Doors open at 6:45 pm. Meeting begins at 7:10 pm. 

 This free event is a wonderful opportunity for members and non-members alike to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation by Dr. Michael Medler, a professor at Huxley College of the Environment at WWU. 

 Dr. Medler has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. He currently teaches upper level environmental science classes at WWU and has given TEDx talks about his work.  His presentation at the annual meeting, like his research, will focus on the science of forest fires and the relationship between fire and human evolution. Forest fires, exacerbated by new symptoms of climate change, present an ever-growing threat to Fidalgo Island and the ACFL. Our town and forest interface has never been more dynamic; making this topic quite timely. You won’t want to miss it!


Meet our new Forest Educator, Melissa

Melissa recently joined the Friends of the Forest team as the new forest educator. She grew up in Jupiter, FL and spent nearly everyday while growing up outside playing in the empty lot and forest preserve next to her family home. It was this time spent with nature that ignited her passion for the conservation of our natural world. Melissa graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in environmental science with minors in natural resource ethics and policy and soil and water science. After graduation she realized the important role education plays in conservation efforts which led her to complete her M.Ed. in environmental education at Florida Atlantic University. Locally, Melissa has completed the Salish Sea Stewards course and has worked as a leader for middle school youth in the San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps. Her favorite pastime in the ACFL is trail running. When not out running in the ACFL she loves sailing, creating art, and hiking.


A huge thank you to those who sponsored, donated, or attended the 2018 Annual Benefit Event! We had another fun and successful celebration with $65,000 raised for youth forest education programs that year after year continue to have a positive impact within our community. Thank you to all who support this mission and legacy.

Want a sneak Peak of This year’s Live auction items?

Click here to preview our 2018 Benefit Event program.

Benefit Tickets are now sold out.

Tickets to this year’s annual benefit event on Saturday, November 3rd from 5 to 11 pm have sold out. If you are still interested in attending, please contact the office by phone at (360)293-3725 or via email at to be added to our waiting list. Thank you to everyone for your support. This year’s event is shaping up to be one for the books!

A New Era begins

There are some changes happening here at Friends of the Forest.

Click here to read a statement from the Board of Directors.

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! 

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Friends of the Forest Totes Now Available

Pick up these great new tote bags on sale now at Anacortes Health and Nutrition.

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.


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