Whatcom Million Trees Project

One-million trees planted & protected in Whatcom County — for our well-being & future

Bellingham, WA   |

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Whatcom Million Trees Project

EIN: 86-3913386


Our vision is to spur positive action for trees and forests within Whatcom County that will enhance our community's health, livability, equity, and resilience in our era of rapid climate change and biodiversity loss Our three-pronged mission to accomplish the above: -- PLANT the right native tree seedlings in the right places especially in public-purposed lands that other entities do not restore. -- PROTECT mature trees in urban neighborhoods and key watersheds via policy improvements, development advocacy, increased awareness, and the removal of tree-killing invasives. -- CONNECT people together in hands-on positive action outdoors and at special events that highlight the multifaceted value of trees and forests while building hope and empowerment.

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Our strength is forming innovative projects, partnerships, and community events in support of our local trees & forests. Such efforts are needed because Whatcom County is experiencing deforestation from maxed-out development projects, clear-cut logging of healthy, diverse, legacy forests, and from tree-killing or -displacing invasives such as English ivy. Trees enhance the health and resilience of our local communities and are a key way to address the climate and biodiversity crises. Besides capturing carbon, trees... • provide cool spaces for ultra-hot summers • provide mammal, bird & pollinator habitat/biodiversity • reduce stormwater needs and flooding • oxygenate & clean our air and water • support aquatic/riparian habitat near streams • stabilize slopes • save energy by cooling buildings • form effective buffers from traffic • give human health & psychological benefits (reduced stress, more social connection, etc.) • provide natural areas to explore & enjoy.

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Executive Director

Michael Feerer

Main address

4107 Harrison St

Bellingham, WA 98229 USA

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Environmental justice

Climate change

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.



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Advocacy/Incentives for Trees

We’re working with private and public landowners (large & small) and policy-makers, using innovative incentives (i.e. carbon credits, land trades, etc.) to protect significant older forests within Whatcom County. Or to infill tree-barren areas where appropriate for multiple benefits.

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

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Contributions, Grants, Gifts $65,035
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $65,035
Program Services $752
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $3,690

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

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Total Assets $61,344
Total Liabilities $0
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Net Assets $61,344


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Executive Director

Michael Feerer

Michael has a long history of creating innovative projects for social good. He was one of the first “user-based design” architects/planners. Using social science techniques and broad-based research to inform design, he planned over 1 million square feet of civic & medical facilities, mostly in Southern California. Later he authored Premiere with a Passion, the bestselling first “bible” for desktop video which helped to democratize creative video-making. Then he founded Pixelan to provide the world’s first non-violent visual effects for video/film. Locally, he served for many years on the Board of Cedar Tree Montessori School. A dedicated Dad (and now granddad!), voracious reader, and avid wilderness explorer, he’s hiked the equivalent of 1.5x times around Earth. You can learn more about him at

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as of 01/22/2024
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Laura Weiss

Tim Douglas

Judith Akins

Kyle Bickel

Kim Lund

Amy Brown

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