In the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, bright orange branches flash through the thick understory — dying Western red cedars.

“It’s something people are noticing,” said Denise Crowe, on a recent walk in the Little Cranberry Lake area. Crowe is education and outreach director of Friends of the Forest, which focuses on preservation of the 2,800-acre forest lands owned by the City of Anacortes.


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