The work of Biodiversity Northwest (formerly Pacific Crest Biodiversity Project) gained permanent protection for old growth, clean water, and northern spotted owls in the Cedar River Watershed.
Biodiversity Northwest formed in 1993 as Pacific Crest Biodiversity Project and closed up shop in 2005. The organization’s mission was to protect old-growth forests and restore forest ecosystems in the Northwest and inspire citizen action. Protecting old growth and wildlife in the Cedar River Watershed, the major water supply for the city of Seattle, was one of their first campaigns. Biodiversity Northwest played an instrumental role in gaining protection for Fossil Creek and Watch Mountain, two old-growth areas in SW Washington proposed for trade in 1999. They were early pioneers of efforts to promote watershed restoration as an employment boost for rural communities and as a way to restore damaged forests.
The work of Biodiversity Northwest gained permanent protection for old growth, clean water, and northern spotted owls in the Cedar River Watershed and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Conservation Northwest originally worked with Biodiversity Northwest on an issue close to both organizations’ hearts—working to stop the logging of old growth on federal lands. Conservation Northwest and Biodiversity Northwest, together with other organizations, collaborated closely to form the Northwest Old Growth Campaign, and in 2003, Biodiversity Northwest merged most of their programs with Conservation Northwest. Some of our great past and present staffers also came our way from Biodiversity Northwest, including Jasmine Minbashian (past executive director of Biodiversity Northwest and current special projects director of Conservation Northwest), Pete Nelson, Demis Foster, and Dave Atcheson.