The Nature Conservancy takes conservation seriously. Consider our work on the rugged Washington coast where we are protecting and restoring coastal rainforests and salmon rivers. Here you can find giant, mossy trees and lush forests that shelter cougars, the endangered marbled murrelet and even the lowly (or not so lowly?) jumping slug. This habitat is also essential for one of the most critical species to the ecosystem: the vampire!
Didn't you know? The Nature Conservancy works in prime vampire habitat. It's no coincidence that Stephenie Meyer's famous Twilight book and movie series, which chronicles the story of the vampire Edward and his human ladyfriend Bella, takes place in the coastal town of Forks, Washington. Some of you may have even visited Forks for a tour. (The newest movie in the saga, "Breaking Dawn, Part 2," opened Nov. 16.)
But did you know The Nature Conservancy protects hundreds of thousands of acres of vampire habitat in this region? It's true. Have you seriously forgotten the treetops upon which Bella and Edward first flirted and cavorted? We’re hard at work to make more of that deep, dark forest where vampires can prowl.
And we don't judge when it comes to vampire species – even the most invasive. We protect habitat for the elegant and honorable Edward, the vicious Volturi and even vampire-human offspring like that adorable Renesmee.
[Editor's note: Don't you find it curious that this breed of vampires has no weaknesses? Wouldn't everyone choose vampirehood if your skin merely sparkled in sunlight rather than bursting into flames? That's even better than being a jumping slug!]
And it’s not just vampires. The coast needs werewolves too (can we get a little Team Jacob love here?!) The Washington coast thrives thanks in part to the beefy and hotheaded werewolves who stalk through our rainforests. It's a win-win for Conservancy staff because depending on the phases of the moon, we sometimes run into the noble werewolf, while other times we run into handsome young men.
[Read the true story of the history of the Quileute Nation here.]
Don't live in Washington? Well, maybe if we restore forests around the country, these sparkly creatures will come to your state as well! And you can help. Here's information on our Restoring America's Forests program.
If Washington’s coastal forests and rivers are important to you, or if Edward and Jacob (and Bella) make your heart flutter, join in and support this work. Your donations make conservation on the coast happen, and that's for real.
Written (with irony!) by Jocelyn Ellis Abood