Our plan is to save as many trees as possible in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. It is basically our backyard, and because the land is already owned by the county, the trees will belong to the community forever. All we need to do is buy the last timber harvest rights from Rayonier, and our forest park will keep its forest.
But that is just our first project, our first goal. When we have accomplished this, then we will continue saving trees. We will apply what we learn in this campaign to campaigns for other tracts of forest land which need to be protected from clearcutting.
Once we save our closest forest, we are going to save forests further afield. Elsewhere in Kitsap County, elsewhere in Washington State. The more people we speak with about our project, the more we hear of the anguish of other communities facing the loss of forested land.
We all watched millions of acres of forests burn this past summer. We all looked out upon the smoky atmosphere. There is a lot of work to be done in replanting these areas. We must also preserve the trees we still have, and that is what Our Forest Fund is all about.
We have been brainstorming ideas about how to save existing forests and have come up with a variety of avenues to preserve forested acreage:
- sustainable community forestry
- carbon offset schemes
- memorial tree groves
- environmental research grants
- develop conservation partnerships
If you have ideas about how to raise money to save trees and fund forest conservation, we want to hear from you! Please use the green contact button at the top of the page to tell us all about it.