Photographed by Chris Crisman
Restoring our forests, streams and all the habitat in between.
Our work making Washington’s forests and streams healthier is spotlighted in two vastly different landscapes – the temperate coastal rainforest of Ellsworth Creek, and the dry ponderosa forests of the Central Cascades.
These two stories highlight the restoration work taking place on the ground, as well as paint a picture of the long term vision for these very special places.
From the Chinook Observer, a beautiful story that captures the breadth and depth of the work we’re doing in Ellsworth Creek. Link below.
And a front page spread on the Yakima Herald that showcases our work with the Yakama Nation on the North Fork Taneum Creek. Link below.
The federal government of Canada has committed to funding the land-use visions and authority of First Nations for the iconic Clayoquot Sound as part of a groundbreaking announcement earlier this week. It will help to establish major new protected forest and coastal areas as well as provide funding to support them.
Summer 2019 kicked off on an upbeat note for Washington hikers: our favorite mountain trails were snow-free weeks sooner than in previous years. But like schoolkids let loose unexpectedly early, we are wary of a catch. And there is a catch: it’s a drought.
Our Central Cascades volunteers planted 450 trees in just under three hours. Soon they’ll be working on other projects such as trail-building and staffing tables at outdoor events int he region.
Lloyd McGee successfully maintains a network of forest collaboratives that develop pathways to forest restoration planning and implementation through empowering stakeholder partnership engagement with agency partners
As we work to diminish the threat of wildfire and smoke, a new Nature Conservancy study shows an important part of the solution may actually be more fire – of the right type.
Fire is a natural part of our Eastern Washington landscapes, and we use prescribed burns as a tool to return fire to our forests in a controlled and deliberate way.
In Western Washington, and more specifically within 30 miles of the Pacific Ocean, wind is the primary natural disturbance for our westside forests.
Our forest management operations in the Central Cascades have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent nonprofit established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.
The federal government will now be able to use disaster relief dollars to pay for fighting catastrophic wildfires, which will fund wildfire suppression like other natural disasters.
The Conservancy is working with local and national level partners to ensure that rainforests, the wildlife and the people who depend on them can continue to thrive.