CFC’s beaver reintroduction program has been operating since 2019 and to date has released 34 individuals into carefully studied and selected locations where the animals have the best possible chance to thrive. We, along with an ever-growing number of Tribes, agencies, and organizations, are using beaver reintroductions as a way to improve degraded habitats and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Watersheds are healthier and more resilient when beavers are present. Their dams slow waterways and create deep pools, expand and improve aquatic habitats, foster drought and flood resilience, and slow or even disrupt the spread of wildfires.



At the end of the third field season in my time working as Cascade Forest Conservancy’s (CFC) Communications Manager, I had an opportunity to participate in and document the final leg of a beaver’s relocation into the forest–something that has been high on my “CFC bucket list” since I joined the team. This was my first chance to meet the iconic, indomitable, habitat-engineering North American beaver (Castor canadensis) up close.

I was also getting time to chat with CFC’s Science & Stewardship Manager/beaver wrangler extraordinaire, Amanda Keasberry, on our drive north to the release site as our passenger, a 55-pound male beaver, napped on a bed of straw in a large animal carrier in the back of the Subaru. Amanda trapped him the day before, and he had spent the night at the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, where animals are safely housed and cared for between capture and release. We are grateful to have access to these facilities thanks to new partnerships with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and our friends at Columbia Springs, a local nonprofit working to inspire stewardship through education experiences designed to foster greater awareness of the natural world.

I found it difficult to fully comprehend how it was that animals like the one snoring softly behind me had once been the driver of continent-wide change. Not so long ago, Europe’s obsession with fashionable pelts motivated and financed westward colonization and resulted in the near-eradication of beavers from many parts of North America. The loss of this once-abundant keystone species profoundly altered the character, course, and quality of unfathomably vast areas of aquatic and riparian habitat across the continent. The systematic extermination of beavers was an ecological disaster on par with the destruction of the buffalo herds of the Great Plains.



As we drove, our conversations returned to CFC’s beaver program. Now a licensed trapper equipped with advice from a few generous mentors, Amanda had been busy, to say the least. Our passenger (the mate to a beaver caught earlier in the week) was the sixth animal Amanda had successfully trapped in only ten days. These two beavers, she explained, were being moved at the request of a local landowner. It seemed that after several years of peaceful co-existence, the situation with these beavers had become dangerous. The landowner had noticed that the animals had been chewing large trees on a slope directly above their home. Just days before traps were set, the beavers felled a tree onto the homeowner’s deck. “A lone beaver can take down a large tree in a single night,” Amanda explained.

Nearly all of the beavers CFC relocates come from similar situations. Although current population numbers are still well below their estimated abundance prior to European colonization, the species has managed a remarkable recovery. Unfortunately, they have been slow to return to some areas high in watersheds where their dam-building will have much-needed positive impacts. The species is, however, becoming widespread in some places where their tendency to down trees, flood fields or roads, or block culverts, inevitably leads to conflict with human neighbors. Even ardent lovers of wildlife sometimes feel forced to resort to lethal removal. Thankfully, Amanda’s trapping and relocation efforts provide an alternative. In many instances, beaver relocations represent the best outcome for all involved.



As we neared our destination and gained elevation, the rain picked up and the temperature dropped. We stopped along an unpaved forest road south of Mount St. Helens. After zipping up our coats, pulling up our hoods, and putting on gloves and waders, we carried our cargo (who was still somehow napping) into the brush before carefully lowering the carrier to the ground a few feet back from the bank of the waterway.



I could tell from the animal carrier-sized depression in the grass and the bits of straw on the ground that this was exactly the same site where this individual’s mate had been released just days before. Amanda noted that the willow trimmings she’d left on the bank had been eaten. This was a good sign, she said. She felt reasonably optimistic that our male’s mate was still nearby.

I expected our beaver would be eager to get away from us, his strange captors, as soon as the door to the carrier opened. I walked off a few yards to set up a camera and tripod and prepared to capture what I thought would be a quick burst of action. I hit record and gave Amanda a thumbs up. The door swung open, but to my surprise, nothing happened. This male was in no hurry to leave. It seemed he’d prefer to continue contentedly napping on his warm bed of straw.

Amanda coaxed him out by gently lifting the back of the carrier up a few inches. Still, even on the bank, the beaver was in no rush to go anywhere. But a minute later, his nose began to twitch–he seemed to smell something familiar. He zeroed in on remnants of the bedding left behind from the earlier release of his mate and started to perk up.



At last, the beaver was on his way. He lumbered a few feet down the bank before slipping silently into the dark, tannin-stained waters. Watching him go, I had thought he was slow and awkward on land. Once in the water, however, he moved gracefully and with purpose.

He swam for a short distance with his head and back above the surface, then arched his back and slipped out of sight beneath the water–becoming in that instant as much a part of this landscape as the grasses, willows, and western redcedars around us. I was moved to see him set off into this wild, remote, and unnamed waterway deep in the forest, and felt hopeful in the understanding that if all goes well, the presence of this beaver and his mate will improve this area and protect it from the worst impacts of climate change for years to come.


Halfway through a day of collecting seeds from native plant species from forests north of Trout Lake, volunteers and CFC staff enjoyed a break with a unique view. Pahto (Mt. Adams) towered above an expanse of charred snags arranged among a green carpet of wildflowers, shrubs, berries, and new saplings flourishing in the abundant sunlight.




This area burned in 2015’s Cougar Creek Fire. Yet, seven short years later, it is well on its way to recovery and is currently providing valuable early seral habitat (areas characterized by the early stages of forest re-growth which are important to many plant and animal species) to the larger forest ecosystem. In dry mixed-conifer stands, like those found throughout the eastern half of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, wildfires are a natural and even necessary part of forest ecology. But not every fire-impacted area in this part of the forest is doing as well as this one.



In some instances, climate change has led to more intense wildfires and shorter intervals between burns occurring in the same stands. These high-intensity, low-interval fires can deplete buried seedbanks and the forest’s ability to replenish and rely on the supply, making it difficult for some stands to recover naturally. Not far from where we were enjoying our break another fire-impacted area is fairing much differently. The triple burn area was affected by three fires in a short period of time–2008’s Cold Spring Fire, 2012’s Cascade Creek Fire, and the 2015 Cold Creek Fire. This area is now struggling to recover, so CFC’s staff, the US Forest Service, and volunteers are stepping in to lend a hand through what could be called “assisted migration” of vegetation from healthy stands to areas that have been slow to regrow.



For the past 6 years, we have been working to gather seeds from native plant species like beaked hazelnut, wax currant, snowberry, western columbine, pearly everlasting, ocean spray, lupine, wild roses, Oregon sunshine (aka wooly sunflower), and many others. We collect these materials from forests closely resembling the triple burn area in species composition and elevation. The collected seeds are then being used to revegetate the area where seedbanks have been exhausted.


Guided by Evan Olson, a botanist for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, volunteers learned how to identify, collect, and label seeds from targeted species, and spent a beautiful sunny Saturday gathering among the understory.



Leading up to the trip, volunteers were given several documents to get a chance to familiarize themselves with the history of the three fires that created the triple burn area and a resource guide of native plant species that we would be encountering in the field. At each site we visited, volunteers and staff split into groups and dispersed throughout the area to find the seeds. Some worked as generalists collecting any species listed in the pre-trip materials they came across. Others specialized in finding one or two species.


At the end of the day, we gathered around Evan’s Forest Service pickup and handed over the last of our haul to be sorted, stored, and then used in upcoming revegetation efforts, including our upcoming and final volunteer trip of the year where many of the same seeds gathered will be spread throughout the triple burn area.



“This is vital work,” Evan explained as he thanked the volunteers for their efforts. Climate change may be altering the ecology of wildfire and the landscape’s ability to regenerate after a burn, but helpful interventions like these can make a long-lasting difference. 


At the beginning of June, CFC hosted a virtual training session to teach volunteers how to survey for pika in the talus slope areas of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Pika survey efforts have been going on for years in the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Rainier, and other locations within the Cascades, but there’s a gap in pika population data in the Gifford Pinchot. 


Pika near Takh Takh Meadow by Susan Saul


Volunteers could go to sites where pika have previously been observed to conduct sitting surveys, or volunteers could send back reports if they happened to cross paths with a pika when out on a hike. Pika can be hard to spot as they are often well camouflaged by the rocks they inhabit, but wait long enough and they start to scurry around and make calls to the other pika nearby. So far this year, volunteers have conducted 30 sitting surveys and have had 34 opportunistic sightings.


Pika photographed at Goat Ridge Lookout by Jennifer Travers


These new pika sightings will allow us to have more sites to complete the sitting surveys next year. Most of our projects are not possible without the help of volunteers, and that is especially the case for the pika surveys. CFC sends a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that have participated and are continuing to participate in the first year of these surveys! 


Pika photographed ay McClellan Viewpoint by Steider Studios


There’s still time to get involved! If you want to do a sitting survey, please contact so she can send you all the information you need to get started.


Pika photographed above Miller Creek by Mackenna Milosevich


If you’re ever out on a hike and come across a pika, feel free to share that information with us here.

March 2019 Newsletter

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Protect Clean Water and Fish in Washington
Washington lags behind neighboring states in protecting our waters from the harmful impacts of suction dredge mining. However, the Washington State Legislature is currently considering SB 5322, which would ban suction dredge mining in critical habitat and provide Washington Department of Ecology oversight for Clean Water Act compliance for suction dredge mining.
Your help is needed, please contact your Washington State representatives and urge them to enact common sense protections for native fish populations and clean water by voting YES on SB 5322.
Suction Dredge Plume Upper AmericanThroughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest there is a network of rivers and streams that provide clean water for communities, fish habitat, and recreation. The Wind, Cispus, Lewis, White Salmon, and the other seemingly endless rivers and tributaries inescapably intertwine clean water with the health of the forest. Clean water is also the foundation of healthy salmon populations. Each year hundreds of millions are spent in an effort to rehabilitate salmonid populations through projects that restore habitat, improve stream shading, and remove barriers to fish passage. Suction dredge mining can undo these efforts in an instant.
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April is Riparian Planting Month!
In partnership with the US Forest Service, CFC is continuing to embark on riparian restoration throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. With the help of volunteers, we planted over 2,500 cottonwoods, willows, western redcedars, and Douglas-firs over the past two years. The trees were planted along riparian areas that were lacking trees, lacking tree diversity, and/or had unstable banks. Trees were also planted as forage in areas that could be future habitat to the beavers we release as a part of our Beaver Reineoduction Project. This year, we hope to get our the number of trees planted well in the thousands.
For this year’s planting efforts, CFC will be leading three trips to the national forest in April. April is an ideal time to plant because the ground is saturated from melting snow and there will be many days of rain. The wet conditions will help the trees settle into the ground after they are planted.Our first trip will be an overnight trip from April 13th-14th where we will plant native trees along Trout Creek, a tributary of Wind River. Trout Creek is home to the threatened salmon species, Lower Columbia River Steelhead. Ten years ago, Hemlock Dam was removed from the creek to improve passage for the threatened steelhead and to enhance aquatic conditions. Now CFC and volunteers are going to help further restore the area by planting hundreds of seedlings. On April 20th, in honor of Earth Day, a one-day planting trip will occur in the Cipsus River Valley to continue our planting work along Yellowjacket Creek and North Fork Cispus. On April 27th, we are partnering with Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group to plant along the South Fork Toutle River to help them with their goal of extending the range of usable habitat for Chinook as well as diversify existing steelhead and coho habitat.
Please consider joining us for a planting trip in April! You can head to to sign up for a trip!

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Join us for a night of inspiring short films about adventure, nature and conservation! On May 4 we will be screening the “Best of the Fest” – nine of the most impressive short films from the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The event will take place at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, on May 4, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are just $15 (please purchase in advance at our website) and you can take a look at synopses of the films here:
Before the screening there will be a short reception with food and drink, and a raffle. See you there!

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January 2019 Newsletter

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CFC Leadership Transition Announcement

Dear Friends,
After leading more than four years of growth at the Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC), I will soon take on a new role at Social Venture Partners Portland, a local nonprofit that builds the capacity of other nonprofits by investing human, social, and financial capital. In February, CFC will begin a hiring process to find a new executive director, and I will remain highly involved throughout the transition.
When I joined the Gifford Pinchot Task Force in 2014, I became part of a growing movement to conserve the beautiful and unique resources of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We set off to create a new strategic plan based on science and focused on addressing climate change, watershed health, and connecting people to nature. We developed a new name and brand for our group, and people responded. Today we are the Cascade Forest Conservancy, with more than 12,000 members and volunteers. Since 2014, our organization has doubled in size, and we have a solid team of professionals on our staff and board. We have launched bold new conservation programs and established new standards for sustainable timber management, water quality, and wildlife health.
Thank you for your help in making all this possible. It has been an honor to work with you and the CFC team. Please continue to support us as we approach this next stage of growth for Cascade Forest Conservancy!
Matt Little
A note from CFC’s Board of Directors:
On behalf of the board of the Cascade Forest Conservancy, we want to thank Matt for his great success in taking our organization to new heights and helping us to bring in so many new members, donors, and volunteers like you. We are sad to see Matt go, but know that his talents and heart for service will be used for the greater good in the region. We wish him all the best.
Matt will continue to stay involved with day-to-day operations at CFC as Executive Director while the Board of Directors initiates a nationwide search for his replacement. Matt has graciously agreed to play a dual role for SVP and CFC during this transition period, and will work closely with the new hire to provide training and a smooth handoff of responsibilities.
Be assured that all CFC programs will continue to operate and grow as planned in our strategic plan (available online at CFC will continue offering amazing events and opportunities for you to engage with us during this upcoming field season.
We appreciate your continued support of CFC as we implement our mission to “protect and sustain forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in the heart of the Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy.”
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Protecting Mount St Helens

Mount St. Helens and the surrounding areas impacted by the 1980 eruption are a Pacific Northwest icon. The impact of the eruption, and the recolonization of plants and animals in the decades since, has created a unique environment that is treasured throughout the world. Since our founding in 1985, Cascade Forest Conservancy has worked to protect the Mount St. Helens region from activities that would harm this irreplaceable landscape. Currently, our work near Mount St. Helens involves continuing to fight a hardrock mining proposal on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Border, and opposing an administrative road across the heart of the Pumice Plain.
2018 ended with some disappointing decisions from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on these projects. In November the Forest Service released a draft decision notice authorizing an administrative access route across the Pumice Plain. This route would drastically impact the ecology and scientific research on the Pumice Plain. Cascade Forest Conservancy, researchers, and concerned citizens submitted objection letters to the Forest Service during the objection period, which ended on December 21. We are now waiting for the Forest Service to respond to our objections, which may be delayed due to the federal government shutdown.
In December the Bureau of Land Management granted Ascot Resources permits to conduct exploratory drilling in the Green River valley, at the edge of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. These permits are the final action by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to allow exploratory drilling by Ascot to search for copper, gold, and molybdenum. CFC is concerned with exploratory drilling in the Green River valley because the 24/7 drilling and associated road closures would negatively impact recreation in this backcountry area. Exploratory drilling is also the first step toward developing a hard rock mine, which would be catastrophic for the water quality of the Green River and surrounding valley. We will continue to oppose the exploratory drilling permits and urge our representatives in Congress to take action to protect the Green River valley from mining.Mount St. Helens: No Place for a Mine:
To learn more about our work to protect the Pumice Plain, read this blog:

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2019 Trip Update!

Stay tuned for our 2019 volunteer trip list, coming out in February!
Learn more about our citizen science program here:

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Join the CFC Canvass!

CFC is still looking for dedicated, outgoing canvassers to join their Portland-based team!  If you love CFC, and making a difference, why not join us?  Evening shifts available.  To learn more, read the full job description here:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

October 2018 Newsletter

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Thank You to Our Volunteers!

Thanks to our awesome volunteers, we had a great year of conservation trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest! We led a number of beaver habitat surveys, collected seeds for post-fire restoration projects, did some riparian planting, measured huckleberry regrowth in treatment areas, and explored areas slated for timber harvest. We wouldn’t have accomplished half as much without the dedicated volunteers who help make it happen. We’d like to thank everyone who joined for trips this year. Your involvement makes a huge difference for our organization.
So far we’ve had 120 adult volunteers and 215 students join for trips in 2018, and we still have a few more trips planned for the year—a riparian planting trip and three Young Friends of the Forest trips. As we wrap up a great field season and gear up for planning another, we are feeling extremely grateful for everyone who has made it their mission to actively participate in the stewardship of this wonderful landscape of the southern Washington Cascades.

Volunteers show off their seed collection bounty

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CFC‘s Banquet and Auction Recap

CFC‘s annual Banquet and Auction on October 4 was a rousing success! We had a great night celebrating with our friends and supporters, and raised more money than ever before for our conservation programs. You can take a look at some photos here:
A special thanks goes out to our sponsors below, and especially to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for being our premier sponsor. At our event, we highlighted CFC‘s Young Friends of the Forest Program, which brings over 200 middle and high school students each year on science and restoration trips to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We’re grateful to everyone who attended for supporting this and many other projects in Washington’s South Cascades.
2018 Auction and Banquet Sponsors:
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Volunteer of the Year – Bob Robison!

Bob Robison was recognized as our Volunteer of the Year for 2018! Bob has been volunteering with CFC for over 3 years. This year he went on over half our trips and went out on his own multiple times to work on our beaver habitat surveys. Needless to say, Bob has worked on almost all of our projects. He’s able to help teach new volunteers the tricks of the trade, easily making him an invaluable person to have in the field with us. Thanks for all you do for CFC Bob!

  Fieldwork Coordinator Amanda Keasberry and VOTY Bob Robison

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Comments on Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy due November 6

Marbled murrelets are seabirds about the size of a robin, related to puffins, and some might say they are similar in shape to a potato. A majority of their lives are spent out at sea, where they feed on small fish and crustaceans. The nesting behavior of marbled murrelets was a mystery until 1974 when the first nest was discovered. These birds do not build a nest, but instead lay one egg on a mossy limb of an old growth conifer.

Marbled_murrelet_USFS_460 USFS Martin Raphael
To provide suitable nesting habitat for marbled murrelets, trees need to have old growth characteristics such as large, mossy branches and other deformities that can be used as nesting platforms. Generally it takes forests at least 100 years to develop these characteristics. While raising chicks, murrelets must return to the sea nightly to forage for food, therefore mature forests must also be located within 55 miles of marine waters to be suitable as nesting habitat. This unique nesting behavior inescapably binds the fate of marbled murrelets with the fate of mature and old growth forests.What is the Long Term Conservation Strategy and why is it important for marbled murrelets?
Read more in our blog, here:

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Join the CFC Canvass!

CFC is still looking for dedicated, outgoing canvassers to join their Portland-based team!  If you love CFC, and making a difference, why not join us?  Evening shifts available.  To learn more, read the full job description here:

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Happy Halloween from CFC!

In the spirit of the season, we want to remind you of what you can do to help our furry flying friend, the bat!  White-Nose Syndrome is a serious and deadly disease killing millions of bats across the country.  Bats get a bad wrap for being nocturnal creatures that creep around in dark caves, and are largely associated with vampires in popular culture and mythical lore.  However, bats are actually extremely useful to humans!  They are master pollinators of some of our favorite foods, eat many of the bugs that ‘bug’ us outdoors, and can even benefit our health!  According to the National Wildlife Federation, bat saliva has been used to develop drugs that help stroke victims.
Photo by Julia Boland, USFWS
We can help protect our bat friends by building bat houses to give them a safe place to live, but also by learning about deadly White-Nose Syndrome and what we can do to stop it’s spread.  The Forest Service has a great guide where you can learn more:

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August 2018 Newsletter

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Join us at our biggest event of the year! All proceeds from our auction and banquet go to CFC’s conservation, education and advocacy programs. Get your tickets here:

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CFC’s Partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe
The Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC) has grown a special partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (CIT) on a number of important projects. The Tribe has been a partner of ours for many years, collaborating in the field as well as on natural resources policy issues, but now we are rolling up our sleeves for several on-the-ground restoration projects. Most recently, the Cowlitz Tribe has been a key partner on our beaver reintroduction efforts, and a sub-grantee of a CFC Wildlife Conservation Society grant. This exciting collaboration is a major, landscape-scale restoration project in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that grew out of our 2016 Wildlife and Climate Resilience Guidebook. To date, CIT has collaborated with us on many pivotal aspects of the project – joining us on beaver habitat surveys, forming agreements with wildlife trapping companies to gather the beaver, and creating holding facilities to keep the beaver comfortable until they can be relocated.

Read the full blog post here:


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Green River Valley Trip Report


It takes roughly three hours to drive to the Green River valley near Mount St. Helens from Portland, and the road is only accessible from late summer through early fall each year. The remote nature of this landscape is part of what makes it such an incredible place for recreation. Visitors to this area can hike, camp, bike, ride horses, and hunt, and rarely come into contact with more than a few people. Listening to this landscape reveals water bubbling down the Green River, rustling trees, birds, and other natural sounds. Potentially more notable, is what is often not heard in this valley surrounded by large roadless areas – cars and other human-caused noises. As population throughout the region continues to grow, and more people learn the joy of experiencing public lands, it becomes increasingly important to protect areas that provide a remote recreation experience. Allowing exploratory drilling in the Green River valley would mean one less place for people to enjoy solitude and the sounds of nature.

In July and August we visited the valley with our partners at Earthrise Law Center and concerned citizens. During these trips we visited the sites that would be most impacted by the mining proposal such as the Green River Horse Camp, the Green River trail, and Goat Mountain trail. Summer is a fantastic time to wade in the cool, clean waters of the Green River and acknowledge the essential habitat it provides for wild steelhead further downstream. We were not alone in enjoying the Green River valley, as the trails are becoming increasingly popular with hikers and mountain bikers experiencing the mosaic landscape at the edge of Mount St. Helens blast-zone. We came across evidence of bears, elk, woodpeckers, and other wildlife as we hiked the Green River trail through dense forest to blast-zone meadows with standing dead trees. Each trip to the Green River valley creates unique memories in a landscape that drastically changes throughout the seasons and years, and further underscores that this place should be protected from mining exploration and development.

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This weekend we will be out in the forests near Mount Adams collecting native seeds with volunteers as part of the multi-year effort to restore post-fire areas that were severely impacted by successive, high-intensity fires between 2008 and 2015. These seeds collected this weekend will be used for future seeding trips. Our trip will start with a training at the Mount Adams Ranger District office where the local Forest Service botanist will train volunteers on plant identification for target species and seed collection techniques.
Without active restoration, many native species are unlikely to re-colonize the area in the near future (or perhaps for decades), which will negatively impact local wildlife, decrease overall ecosystem resilience. This can also increase the establishment and spread of non-native invasive species. Reintroducing a diverse set of native plant species will improve the resilience of local wildlife and ecosystems and will create habitat for pollinators, birds, mammals, and other vegetation.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Year 2 of Huckleberry Monitoring Project


BerryPic 2It is currently peak huckleberry season, and pickers are out gathering berries all through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. CFC has been out in the GPNF since late July working with volunteers, staff, and other organizations to collect data for our huckleberry monitoring project. This year and last, we have visited forest stand units that have been treated (thinned) using different techniques in hopes of optimizing huckleberry plant growth and fruit production. We have units that we are monitoring near Pinto Rock and the Sawtooth Berry Fields. These are both areas where huckleberry has been known to flourish but could use more sunlight to enhance productivity.Once we know which treatment types are most suitable for huckleberry, the results of the research will be written into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Huckleberry Management Strategy. There is currently a draft of this document with our preliminary data, which can be found here
If you’d like to head out to the GP and gather huckleberries, make sure to download a free permit online, visit this website for more details

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New 2018-2020 Strategic Plan


CFC has put together an ambitious three-year plan to combat climate change, protect wildlands, and conserve our streams, fish, and wildlife for future generations. Please check it out, along with our 2017 Annual Report, here:

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Thank You, Nike!


The CFC offices recently recieved a makeover, thanks to the generous folks over at Nike!  They donated us desks, lamps, storage units, chairs, and a new boardroom table and rug.  We are grateful for their donation and support!

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June 2018 Newsletter

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Protecting the Unique Environment of Mount St. Helens

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens drastically altered the landscape of Southwest Washington in a matter of moments. A massive debris avalanche, formerly the north side of the mountain, crashed into Spirit Lake and careened down the Toutle River. The blast from the eruption destroyed ancient forests and covered the lands near the volcano in a layer of ash and pumice.
In 1982, Congress created the 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to protect the unique research and recreation opportunities of this landscape. The heart of the Monument, and the research conducted there, is the Pumice Plain – where nothing survived the eruption.
Read the full blog here:

Spirit Lake

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CFC and Local Schools!

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During April and May, we had 151 students participate in our Young Friends of the Forest program. This accounted for 862 hours contributed to two of CFC’s ongoing projects! We worked with six schools total, two of which were schools we had not previously worked with – Oliver P. Lent K-8 School (OR) and Centennial High School (OR). The other four schools – West Linn High School (OR), Stevenson High School (WA), Heritage High School (WA) and Sunnyside K-8 School (OR) – were those that we have partnered with in previous years.
On all six trips, the students collected data for the second phase of our Beaver Reintroduction Project. This phase involves investigating potential release sites that were previously identified by a spatial model created by CFC. Using a site scorecard, students made observations and ranked different environmental features along the stream of interest and the surrounding forested area. Each area was given a final score and, ultimately, those scores will be used to decide which sites are the most optimal for beaver to inhabit. The data collected by the students is integral the overall project so we cannot thank them enough for their involvement.
Centennial High School also participated in riparian planting near the confluence of Trapper Creek and Wind River. The area lacked many hardwood species that are preferred by beaver, so the 255 trees planted by the students will have a positive impact on the area and increase the possibility of beaver being released there. Stevenson High School also conducted forest health surveys where they learned about signs of tree disease, forest structure, and measuring tree diameter. The spring trips went by in a flash, but we can’t wait to bring out more students in the fall!

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Our Biggest Event of the Year!

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CFC-6653Did you know that CFC’s fall banquet on October 4th is our biggest event of the year? It’s one of the best – and certainly most fun – ways to support our work. All proceeds go to our programs that serve the forests, streams, wildlife and communities in the heart of the Cascades. This year we are fortunate to have the beautiful Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center as our venue, and tons of great deals in our auction. Elephant’s Delicatessen will be catering for us and the open bar will feature drinks from several local breweries and vineyards. Get your tickets today!
Individual tickets are $75 and a Patron level sponsorship (which includes 2 tickets) is $250. Click on the link below to RSVP.
Thursday, October 4, at 6:00 pm
World Forestry Center, Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Business Casual attire
Click here to RSVP (

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Join CFC in the Field!

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to do field work in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot?  You’re in luck!
CFC runs a series of restoration trips each summer, where members and friends like you can get hands-on in the forest!
There is still room on several of our trips.  Visit our website to sign up today!

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A New Way to Support CFC: Buy or Sell a House!

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VANCOUVER AREA- Kellia Nichols ( NW Rose Real Estate
( You can work with any realtor at NW Rose Real Estate, and they will donate a portion of their commission to CFC if you buy or sell a home with them.
PORTLAND AREA – Tim Wilson (, Knipe Realty NW
Tim will make a $1,000 donation on behalf of customers referred through CFC, for each transaction that he closes.
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Staff Comings and Goings

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Welcome to Suzanne Whitney, who joins CFC as our Science and Fieldwork Coordinator, and Katie Spahn, who joins our awesome canvass team of Outreach Advocates. Both have advanced degrees in their field and look forward to promoting conservation in the Pacific Northwest. Also, good luck to Xavier Reed, who is moving on but has worked hard to bring a high level of professionalism to CFC’s canvass outreach team. Thank you Xavier!
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March 2018 Newsletter

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Make Your Voice Heard!

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If you haven’t taken our 2018 Member and Friend survey, please take 3-5 minutes to give us your opinions!  Responses close on Friday, March 16th!
Here’s the link again:



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Mount St Helen’s Mine Update

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The Forest Service has finalized their decision to consent to exploratory drilling in the Green River valley. Currently, the Bureau of Land Management is deciding whether to issue exploratory drilling permits to Ascot Resources. We will continue to challenge these permits through administrative processes and the courts.
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Thank you to everyone who attended our outreach event at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver, WA on March 7th! We had a wonderful evening celebrating our successful opposition to this mine for over a decade and discussing what 2018 will bring for this campaign.To learn more about how to stop mining near Mount St. Helens and take action, visit:

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New Blog! : Forest Collaborative Groups

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CFC Friends Featured on OPB!

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CFC Annual Report Now Online

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CFC is hiring!

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January 2018 Newsletter

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Call to Action!

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IMG_0071We are continuing to oppose threats to bedrock federal environmental protections including bills, riders, and administrative rule changes. Riders on bills could weaken protections for endangered species and roadless areas, and allow harmful logging with little environmental review. One rider on the Senate Interior Appropriations bill threatens nearly one-quarter of all roadless areas in the United States by exempting Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Rule, which protects roadless national forests from logging and road-building. This rider on the appropriations bill is an attack on all national forest roadless areas because state-by-state exemptions would erode the Roadless Rule. Call your senators and urge them to oppose any attacks on the Roadless Rule and other important environmental protections.
Who to contact
Oregon Residents:
Senator Jeff Merkley: (202)-224-3753  (website)
Senator Ron Wyden: (202)-224-5244  (website)
Washington Residents:
Senator Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 (website)
Senator Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 (website)

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With the New Year, Comes a New Project for CFC! 

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Beaver_Newsletter_PicBeavers have a bit of a reputation as being nuisances for landowners. But to us, they are self-adapting ecosystem engineers! For that reason, we are beginning a project with Cowlitz Indian Tribe to reintroduce more beavers into the aquatic ecosystems of Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Planned Giving: Leaving a Legacy for our Forests

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For those who want to leave a real legacy on our organization for years to come, making a bequest or other planned gift is a great idea.  CFC can accept most kinds of planned gifts, and the best thing to do is to talk to a member of our staff, like Development Manager Michal Orczyk ( By writing our organization into your will or making a bequest, you will be remembered as a champion of public lands in the Pacific Northwest. If you have any questions, reach out to us, or take a look at this online guide: CFC is developing a program to acknowledge and recognize planned gifts, which we plan to launch in 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]

Join us for our Mount St Helens Mine Event on February 21st!

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Please join us on February 21 from 6:30to 8:30 p.m. at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver for a presentation about our efforts to stop mining in the Green River valley. Now is the time to take action to stop mining near Mount St. Helens, and we need your help! We will present updates, upcoming actions in 2018, and do a raffle for prizes.

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CFC is hiring!

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