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Thurston County


Sq̓ʷaliʼabš (Nisqually), Squaxin, and  Tsihalis (Chehalis) peoples


Nisqually Indian Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Thurston County has been a key county in the legacy forest movement. In 2021 there was a campaign to stop the Chameleon sale. The Summit Lake Alliance has been fighting to stop sales in their drinking watershed. The Legacy Forest Project has been fighting sales in Capitol State Forest.


CRF is in coalition with these and other local groups and has accomplished some significant success. This has become such an important local issue that the Thurston County Board of Commissioners have unanimously taken the position that no legacy forests should be logged in their county. They have made this very clear to DNR, and we now need to support them in reaching their goal. We need more people to help us survey upcoming timber sales in Capitol State Forest. 

CRF has developed a report on Mature Forests in the County that Need Our Help!

Legacy Forests in Thurston County

News and Updates from Thurston County

Forest Scene

Events in Your Area

Community Hike at "Evergreen Gold" Timber Sale

Dec 17th 2023, Noon - 3pm

Olympia, WA


Upcoming Timber Sale Surveys

Letters of Support
from County and State Orgs

Letter from Thurston County Board of Commissioners requesting the pause of Juneau timber sale and reiterating their request to conserve all legacy forests in Thurston County, 2/28/23

Letter from Thurston County Board of Commissioners requesting that all legacy forests in Thurston County be conserved, 6/16/22


Get in Touch

Click HERE to do volunteer surveying. 

Email for ways to get involved.

Contact Us to Get Involved!

Our Coalition Partners in Thurston

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Advocate for a Statewide
Mature Forest Policy

The best way to protect forests in your county is statewide policy change!
Take just a moment and send a letter belo

We need to ensure that the Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, puts an end to logging the last remaining mature forests in western Washington.

Send a letter to the Commissioner of Public Lands and the Board of Natural Resources asking them to enact a moratorium on logging mature forests until a mature forest policy is adopted.

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