Friends of the Forest

Dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach & stewardship


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 Annual Benefit Event Nearly Sold out!

The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit will be held at the Port Warehouse again this year, starting at 5:30. Join us on Saturday, November 1st for The Best Party of the Year, while raising funds to support our Forest Education and Stewardship Programs! We provide a wide range of educational activities in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands that inspire a greater understanding of our unique natural treasure. And through our Stewardship Program, Friends of the Forest staff and volunteers are coordinating the campaign to Save South Mt. Erie!

For more information and ticket sales, click here.

 Tickets are $50.00 per person. ($25.00 tax deductible) Tickets may be purchased through the Friends of the Forest Office located at 611 R Avenue.

 Please get your tickets early as we sold out last year.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Featured Artist, Lanny Bergner. We often see Lanny in our forest and in his artist’s statement he says, “I love the natural world and am constantly inspired by its beauty and infinite varieties of form.” We look forward to unveiling his sculpture in early fall, it will also be on our event poster and featured in our live auction.

Highlights include; music by Fidalgo Swing, dinner by Gere-a-Deli plus a silent and short live auction. If you have something special to donate to the auction, please let us know. Sponsorships are also available. Look for updates on our website:



South Mt. Erie (Udd Property) Capital Campaign

We have a rare opportunity to add 20 acres on south Mt. Erie with high recreational and conservation value to the ACFL. The Friends of Forest are partnering with the City on this capital campaign.  Click here for more information and a map of the area. 

To contribute: Please mail checks to Friends of the Forest, P.O. Box 2213, Anacortes WA 98221 or donate electronically below.  Thank you!


Join our next Hike:

Bat Cave - A Family Favorite!
Saturday, October 25th
10am until about noon
Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the nocturnal season. Our annual bat cave exploration is fun for everyone. Costumes and flashlights are welcome. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the north end of the lake.

Visit our  Calendar for all Hikes and Activities! 

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.



 The ACFL: We've protected it now let's take care of it!