People rely on our eastern forests. They count on the clean water that the forests collect, filter and deliver in streams and rivers across arid country. Communities earn their living in and around these woods – harvesting trees, ranching, farming. These places are sacred to native people and are some of our best playgrounds where we hike, camp, float, fish, hunt, ski and more.
But after a century of heavy use, our eastern forests are weak and vulnerable. They could be lost forever to catastrophic mega-fires and insect outbreaks.
With your support, we can restore Washington forests, by:
- Keeping large areas whole by protecting key private pieces and voiding scattered development deep within our public forests.
- Preventing unnatural mega-fires and insect outbreaks by working on the ground with public and private managers across forest ownership boundaries.
- Developing forest restoration methods that involve local communities and can be applied across 6 million acres.
Large-scale restoration of our eastern forests can mean abundant wildlife, clean water, public access, local jobs and more. The Nature Conservancy is committed to finding solutions that enhance the lives of the people who live, work and play in our eastern forests.
Explore nature in our eastern forests:
The Nature Conservancy is more committed than ever to improving the health of our eastern Washington forests.
The Taylor Bridge Fire burned more than 36 square miles before being fully contained.
We've completed a four-year project to protect public access and wildlife habitat on more than 10,000 acres.
Find our about a unique coalition of landowners committed to conservation and restoration.
Where mountains and desert collide.
Dr. George Hudson donated one of the Washington program's first preserves.