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March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Passionate about Bainbridge Island’s forests and wildlife? Want to learn more about the impact of climate change, and what you can do about it?


Join city, state, and regional scientists and community members for the free, virtual 2021 Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference! This year’s topic is The Future of Our Forests: Bainbridge Island & the Climate Crisis. Each Sunday in March, we’ll be hosting a community conversation on the research and best practices for stewarding our natural environment in the face of climate change. Feel free to sign up for one session, or join us for all four!


To learn more about the conference’s schedule, register for other sessions, and more, click here.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to Joan Hutchinson at joanh@islandwood.org.




Supporting Our Western Washington Forests in the Face of Climate Change


Welcome to the 2021 Virtual ABC Environmental Conference! In this introductory session we will dive in to the question of how the climate crisis is influencing and will shape our forested landscape.


Presentation of the 2021 Environmental Award to Association of Bainbridge Communities Founder, Charles Schmid – presented by Janet Knox


Keynote: Supporting Our Forests, Now and Into the Future – presented by Hilary Franz, WA State Commissioner of Public Lands


Western Washington Forests in a Changing Climate: What You Need to Know to Make Better Decisions Today – presented by Michael Case of The Nature Conservancy


Increasing the resilience of Puget Sound Forests: an Island Perspective – presented by Derek Churchill, Department of Natural Resources forester and lead Washington forest plan developer

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  • Craig Birston says:

    I was trying to login into the first session of your conference starting in March without success. After I filled in all the required information, the “Register” button remained greyed out and would not respond.

  • Kent Scott says:

    DNR owns thousands of acres of forest. These woodlands are treasure for current and future generations. These natural areas should be treasured and protected. Instead they are logged and provide pennies to State public schools. Wouldn’t it be wiser to protect public resoures for posterity to combat climate change to protect natural systems and ensure the beauty of our State is not squandered. Let’s do the right thing. Let’s protect our heritage and natural systems and do something about climate change.

  • Nancy Cooper says:

    Looking forward to this!

  • Brigetta Johnson says:

    The recent cougar visit on Bainbridge Island raises the issue again about habitat destruction and apex species being forced to relocate. Our apex animals are precious treasures that we should protect for future generations. Along with protection of bio diverse/old growth forests for climate stabilizing purposes, I passionately feel that we should be preserving adequate swaths of connected forests as habitat for these animals. Recent years have proven to be especially devastating in terms of clear cutting and land clearing for development in long held rural forest habitats in Washington state which is not likely to stop as development pressures continue. In light of this, is anyone considering the state’s responsibility/impact on wildlife conservation? We know that disconnected habitat “islands” are especially bad for the long term viability of our apex species, safe corridors connecting wild conservation areas is critical and that trying to create them retrospectively is very difficult if not impossible. So, what, if anything, is being done in terms of foresight and intelligent planning to study the needs of and ensure these critical lands will be conserved in perpetuity on behalf of our voiceless, treasured wildlife?


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