On January 19, 1985, citizens in Southwest Washington united under the name Gifford Pinchot Task Force to participate in forest management decisions, advocate for the conservation of critical natural resources, and help protect the newly-created Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Now, 30 years later, we are continuing the mission they started as the Cascade Forest Conservancy.
Our vision at Cascade Forest Conservancy is one of a forest where wild places remain to capture our imaginations and allow native wildlife to thrive. Pristine mountain streams rush through this healthy forest, supporting people and native fish populations. The heart of this place, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is biologically diverse and resilient in the face of climate change; its resources are sustainable, supporting local communities and recreation. We are stewards of this landscape, working to safeguard the beauty and wonders of Washington’s South Cascades for our children and future generations.
- We value thriving biological diversity, which supports the high quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. It is embodied by abundant native fish and wildlife populations, fully functioning forest ecosystems, clean water, and inspiring outdoor experiences.
- We support applying the best available science to managing forests and watersheds. We work toward a forest ecosystem that is sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change.
- We believe in connecting people to nature by engaging them in conservation science and policymaking, and introducing them to the unique and beautiful places of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
- Collaboration with local community members, government, and others is our preferred approach to addressing conservation issues.
- We have a responsibility to use the financial resources entrusted to us efficiently and carefully as we work to protect our natural resources.