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Whistle Lake Hike - all ages
Saturday, April 7
10am until noon

Early April is a magical time in the forest, cool and bright with emerging spring. Enjoy the brilliant yellow glow of skunk cabbage, and magenta lights of salmonberry bloom. We will explore the terrain around this deep water, as we are inspired too! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

Fall 2017 ACFL Work Parties

Please check our updated forest land Work Party dates! Work Parties generally run from 9 AM-11 AM and are a fun, active way to get involved. Click here to view our calendar with all upcoming events.

Thank You to All Involved with Benefit Event!

This year's annual benefit event was a huge success, bringing in more funding for education and stewardship programs than ever before! It was a fun night of food, friends, and some competitive live auction bidding. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored and were involved this year. We feel tremendously fortunate to be a part of a community that generously supports our work. Check back soon for the official event totals. 

Check out this year's Benefit Event program!

 Follow this link to view the 2017 Benefit Program.

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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 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.


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