Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party With Ranger Dave

Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Saturday, February 24th

9am until 11am

While the ground is still damp and soft, it’s a great time to tackle invasive plants.  An area along trail 126 is still infested with Scotch Broom and needs a group of volunteers to ripe it out by the roots.  This plant is easily recognized by its bright yellow flowers in the spring. 

Meet at trailhead 126 at the end of Fir Crest Blvd off A Ave.  As always, dress for rain and bring good gloves and boots. 

If you need directions, please call Ranger Dave Oicles at 360-661-3554.

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

All are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting!

Wednesday, February 28th at the Depot (611 R Ave)

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins at 7:10pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity 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 program on our forest with Denise Crowe, and City Forest Manager Jonn Lunsford.

State of the Forest Address
Please join us as we explore the green heart of our island in this time of rapid change. We will share intriguing aspects of the natural history of our woods, community history in relation to the forest, and a discussion of the many challenges we face - from climate change impacts on our lakes and plant communities, to rapidly increasing recreational use with effects on ecosystem function. We will provide fresh information on the Heart Lake treatment process, an update on the 2016 Little Cranberry Lake Fire zone recovery, invasive species management, recent acquisition trail integration plans, and a discussion on how we work with our very active resident population of beaver. Learn about the ways we are stepping up to all of these challenges through more education, research, special projects, and partnerships. 

Dessert and refreshments will be provided by Gere-a-Deli.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Climate Change and Forests

Climate Change and Forests - The Pacific Northwest and Beyond
Saturday, February 17th at 10AM  
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

10441 Bayview Edison Road, Mt Vernon

Dr. David Peterson, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences will speak about climate change and the impacts to our forest.

This FREE program is hosted by the SALAL CHAPTER of the Washington Native Plant Society. Click here for more information.

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party with Ranger Dave

HEART LAKE WORK PARTY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd at 9am

It’s that time again to round up a bunch of volunteers to clean up Heart Lake Road.  You never know what you will find along this 3 mile stretch of road… treasures in the past have been 100 dollar bills, bird feeders, and a Leatherman tool!  What will you find?  I guarantee at least lots of beer cans! 

Let’s meet at the base of Mt Erie Road at trailhead 215.  Bring a good pair of gloves and dress warm.  We will supply orange vests, trash grabbers, trash bags, and tons of laughter! 

If you have any questions please call Ranger Dave Oicles at 360-661-3554

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Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

December 16th ACFL Work Party

Ready for some more trail repairs?  Trail 109 west of Little Beaver Pond still needs some love.  We will be installing culverts, turnpikes, and hauling some gravel.  Let’s meet at trailhead 10 on A Avenue & 37th Street by the gate at 9am.

For all work parties:  Bring a good pair of gloves, wear boots, and bring raingear.  We will supply the tools.  Work Parties generally run from 9-11am.  Heavy winds or snow will cancel a party.  If you have any questions or need directions, please call Ranger Dave at 360.661.3554.  Thank you!

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Whistle Lake

The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

 

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

November 18th ACFL Work Party

It’s time to tackle some invasive species.  This will be in an area we hit years ago but some ivy, holly, and daphne are reemerging.  Let’s meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot off Georgia Ave at 9am.

For all work parties:  Bring a good pair of gloves, wear boots, and bring raingear.  We will supply the tools.  Work Parties generally run from 9-11am.  Heavy winds or snow will cancel a party.  If you have any questions or need directions, please call Ranger Dave at 360.661.3554.  Thank you!

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Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit!

The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event will be held at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. This is a fun filled evening with live music, dinner, silent and short live auction. Our fundraising party provides the primary support for our Forest Education and Stewardship Programs.
Check online at www.friendsoftheacfl.org for updates.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Big Beaver Pond Loop

This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Mitten Pond Loop Hike

Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of water floats up the path as we near Mitten Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining patterns in the glowing green duckweed. Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Enjoy this wide path 2.4 mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

 

Directions to Old City Dump

 From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road.  The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave.

 

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Northwest Whistle Lake Hike

This route is a regular favorite, providing spectacular views and deep woods feel with just the right amount of physical challenge. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. Just over 2 miles.

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake:

Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle lake.

 

 

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Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 3)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

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Aug
9
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 2)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

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Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 1)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Erie View Trail Hike

This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. Our most recent forest acquisition of 40 contiguous acres is in this area. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 

Directions to the base of Mount Erie:

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

 

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Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 3)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered.  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

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Jul
26
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 2)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

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Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 1)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered.  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Beaver Ponds Hike

The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. This hike is 1.4 miles.

 

Directions to ACFL kiosk:

 

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St. Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road. The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave. 

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

From the Forest to the Sea: Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island (Day 2)

All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two-day workshop engages in fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will experience the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, and varied approaches to language we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field.

 

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. To sign-up please call 293-3725.

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Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Northeast Heart Lake Hike

This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot:

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.  Park near the trailhead kiosk.

 

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Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

From the Forest to the Sea: Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island (Day 1)

All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two-day workshop engages in fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will experience the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, and varied approaches to language we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field.

 

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. To sign-up, please call 293-3725.

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