Washington’s forests are the iconic foundation for our incredible state.

Washington’s expansive and productive forests are fundamental to our natural resource economy and rural livelihoods. In addition, our forested watersheds are critical for the clean water and habitat that supports many of our state’s most iconic and endangered species. And last but not least, our forests serve as key recreational destinations that drive our thriving outdoor industry. 
Despite these benefits, Washington loses many thousands of acres of working forestland every year to fragmentation, and hundreds of acres of ecologically significant forests are converted to homes and commercial development. In addition, climate change has accelerated the size and frequency of wildfires in the state, placing our rural homeowners and frontline communities at tremendous risk.
The members of the Forest Affinity Group are committed to developing strategies to address the multiple challenges forests face in Washington. We do this by advocating for robust public funding, developing creative financing strategies, supporting landscape partnerships, and much more.

Together, we envision a future that maximizes the economic, ecological, and social benefits of forestland.

In this future, large tracts of productive working forestland are protected from fragmentation and eventual conversion; community stakeholders have a voice in how public forest resources are used; local, state, and federal partners collaborate across boundaries to ensure diverse, connected, and resilient forests provide for fish and wildlife; and people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are able to access the mental, physical, and cultural benefits of time in the woods.

Project Highlights

After watching working timberlands continually converted into rural subdivisions, the Columbia Land Trust stepped in with a plan. They created a partnership with Skamania County and Pope Resources with a goal of placing 85% of a 24,000-acre holding into multiple conservation efforts. Read More...



Skookum Creek by Whatcom Land Trust
Photo credit: Whatcom Land Trust, Dennis Miner and Michael Dyrland
Between Whatcom and Skagit Counties there is one of last remaining uninterrupted tracts of land that crosses the foothills of the Cascades all the way to the Puget Sound.  Known as the Cascades to Chuckanut Conservation Corridor (C2C), it’s critical for the region’s fish and wildlife. Skookum Creek is a central feature and is the largest cold water tributary to the South Fork Nooksack River. Read More...  


Nisqually Community Forest by Nisqually Land Trust
Photo credit: Daniel Codina
When the Nisqually Community Forest project started back in 2011, it was envisioned as a working forest of upwards of 30,000 acres that sustainably provided the watershed with forest products, recreation, education, and job opportunities along with improved water quality, protected wildlife habitat, and sequestering of carbon.  Read More...


Trillium Creek Forest by Whidbey Camano Land Trust
Photo credit: Ahmad Kadhim
The story of how Whidbey Camano Land Trust successfully conserved the Trillium Community Forest is the story of how strong community support overcame seemingly impossible odds. When the foreclosure sign went up on the 654 acres on a ridge in Whidbey Island, Whidbey Camano Land Trust knew it was an amazing chance to create a permanently protected public preserve on one of the largest tracts remaining on the island. In recent years, the property had been logged repeatedly and was once slated for dense development. Read More...