The Emerald Edge is the largest intact coastal rainforest remaining in the world. It is a 100-million-acre band of living forest and ocean stretching northward from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, through Canada’s coastal British Columbia and the Great Bear Rainforest, to the panhandle of remote southeast Alaska.
More than 35 First Nations and tribes have depended on these forests and the ocean for millennia and are an integral part of this iconic region. The area is also home to rich biodiversity — providing habitat for wildlife like grizzlies, spirit bears, wolves, elk, orca whales, humpback whales and salmon.
Spirit bear © Jon McCormack
Great Bear Rainforest
The historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreement places 9 million acres off limits to logging and millions more acres under strict forest management guidelines. We’re helping build sustainable and resilient communities by supporting local leadership, and natural resource management agencies, schools, and conservation-based businesses. We’re combining our scientific and conservation planning know-how with traditional First Nations knowledge, including approaches to decision making that incorporate Indigenous laws and customs.
© Bryan Evans
Clayoquot Sound is a stunning mosaic of emerald valleys, clustered islands and ancient trees along British Columbia’s southern coast. It’s also a place offering a unique opportunity at a pivotal time. Here, we have the chance to conserve old-growth forest in partnership with local Indigenous communities.
The Conservancy is partnering with three First Nations—the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht– to create a new vision for the future of Clayoquot Sound.
© Bridget Besaw
The Conservancy has an ambitious vision for the future of the Olympic Rainforest. Our goal is far beyond saving salmon from extinction — we are working to return salmon to an abundance that keeps ecosystems and communities thriving. The Conservancy, coastal tribes, the Hoh River Trust and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are working together to rebuild the Olympic Rainforest by restoring lands along these rivers that flow through the heart of the forest — from mountain summits to the sea.
© Erika Nortemann/TNC
Tongass National Forest
In the rainforests of the Tongass, we have an immense conservation opportunity. We strive to protect and restore the ecological integrity and unique natural qualities of this coastal rainforest. At the same time, we're working to sustain local economies and maintain the quality of life valued by people who live and work in the region.