Our Collaborative is named in honor of the first people within this landscape. According to the to the Yakama Nation (Sahaptin) dictionary, “Tapash” means Pine Tree Táp’ash (n) pine tree. (Pinus__Imítichnik táp’ashyaw ánichatak.

Tapash Mission 

Improving ecosystem health and natural functions of the eastern Cascades landscape through the use of the best available science, community input and adaptive management.


The Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative landscape is located outside Yakima, Washington and extends from the forested flanks of the East Cascades to the arid, sage-dotted hills of the Columbia Basin. These rugged hills and canyons support some of the few remaining mature groves of ponderosa pine in the state and provide habitat for the declining white-headed woodpecker, golden eagles, Rocky Mountain elk and mountain lions. These ponderosa pine ecosystems, including forests, riparian areas and suites of dependent fauna, have changed dramatically in ecological character over the last century. (taken directly from “the collaborative page”)

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