A Summary of Our Work Protecting the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Our changing climate is creating new challenges and posing new threats to the communities and species in southern Washington’s Cascades. In the coming years, scientists predict our region will experience more frequent and intense droughts and floods, wildfires, insect outbreaks, among other harmful effects to aquatic and terrestrial habitats and ecosystems.
CFC is working strategically both to slow climate change and to build climate resilience where we can now to mitigate the harmful effects that are coming later.
We work with partners and community members to maintain and strengthen the environmental protections of the Northwest Forest Plan and oppose harmful federal legislation. We also work to conserve mature forests and healthy aquatic habitat in the region by monitoring timber sale proposals and participating in forest collaborative groups.
Many of our projects would be impossible without the help of concerned citizens dedicated to caring for their region. Data collected by volunteers informs all aspects of our work, from forest policy positions to prioritizing road restoration initiatives. Volunteers make possible projects that help improve habitat for wildlife and support ecosystem resilience. Anyone, no matter how familiar they are with ecology and conservation, can make a lasting positive difference for the forest as a volunteer with CFC.
The southern Washington Cascades are home to spectacular and diverse populations of wildlife. The presence of mountain lions, elk, martens, mardon skippers, and spotted frogs are all signs of a healthy landscape. We work to protect wildlife through advocacy for habitat protections and federal listings; we monitor wildlife populations, such as martens and fishers, and help reintroduce keystone species like beavers to help improve habitats and species recovery.
Since 2004, the Cascade Forest Conservancy has been working to protect Mount St. Helens and the Green River—a wild steelhead gene bank and proposed Wild and Scenic River—from hard rock mining. In late 2014, we defeated another attempt by Ascot Resources Limited (a Canadian mining company) to conduct exploratory drilling for copper, gold, and molybdenum in an effort to develop a mine in the Green River valley.
The waterways of Washington’s South Cascades provide essential habitat for federally-protected fish species and a wide array of other wildlife, fantastic recreational opportunities, and drinking water for local communities.