Old Growth Forest
The Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve inspires people and protects a rare patch of our region’s natural history.
As our world develops around us, these islands of nature will become even more important, not only to the abundant wildlife that inhabit the preserve and adjoining forest lands but also to generations of people with fewer opportunities to experience such a place, especially so close to home.
Much of the Preserve has never been clearcut, and about 70 acres of old growth forest lies at its heart. Ancient western red cedar and the spectacular Big Tree, a Douglas fir tree over 30 feet around, remind us what the Puget lowland looked like centuries ago. Salmon and other wildlife abound.
The Preserve management goal is to protect the old growth forest by buffering it from surrounding activities that inevitably will change the setting. By the end of the second century, we see the Preserve’s borders growing through collaboration with our neighbors.
We see scores of school children discovering the remarkable salmon runs and healthy streams. We see opportunities for kids and adults alike to find solace amidst the bird calls and mosses, inspiring artistic endeavors or simply drawing in a deep breath.
Above all else, the Mountaineers Foundation sees a healthy community of people, wildlife, and plants thriving at the Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve.