May 2014 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Middle Fork Road improvements start this spring

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River visitConstruction on the Middle Fork Road will take place over the next three summers (2014-2016). This project has been a long-time in the making and will be a huge benefit not just to recreationists in the valley, but also to the watershed. Paving the currently pothole-filled road up the valley will improve drainage, open fish passage for cutthroat trout migration, and greatly enhance water quality by reducing the gravel and sediment discharge from the road to the river and adjacent wetlands.

The project requires weekday road closures, so plan ahead for trips to the Middle Fork starting May 5 through October 31, 2014. For more information and road closure details visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway Blog.

Middle Fork 2014 Road Closures

Middle Fork Snoqualmie roadEastern Intersection of Lake Dorothy Road to Middle Fork Campground (mileposts 2.7 to 12.4)

CCC Trailhead to Middle Fork Campground

Upper Snoqualmie Weed Watchers Wanted

Noxious weed control Plant enthusiasts and hikers are needed to help map invasive plants in the Middle Fork Valley, the Snoqualmie Pass Gateway trails and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Volunteers will be trained to survey the area's spectacular trail system for invasive weeds. The goal is to stop the invaders before they get entrenched, and to keep them from spreading into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The 2014 Orientation and Training will be held on June 1, 9-4, at the North Bend Ranger Station meeting hall.  For more information, see Upper Snoqualmie Weed Watchers or contact Sasha Shaw.

A Salmon-Safe Korey Story

Tree plantingStewardship Partners has been working with landowners for over a decade in the Snoqualmie Valley. Beginning with native habitat restoration at Oxbow farm, our work has expanded to connect with over 30 landowners in the valley on projects ranging from invasive plant removal to native planting and buffer creation. In 2004, Stewardship Partners also brought the Salmon-Safe eco-label certification to Washington, beginning in the Snoqualmie Valley. Our newest partner is Camp Korey, the 818 acre historic farm that is one of the largest working farms in the valley. Last year they went through Salmon-Safe certification, and we are proud to welcome them to the program. We look forward to the continued partnership, including restoration opportunities, at one of the key stakeholders of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Upper Carlson Floodplain Restoration Project Going to Construction in June

Upper Carlson revetment, Snoqualmie RiverKing County’s Upper Carlson project, beginning construction in early June, will restore natural river processes along the Snoqualmie River by removing a 1,600 foot-long levee and constructing facilities to protect Neal Road SE. The project will restore the river’s natural connection to 50 acres of forested floodplain at the Fall City Natural Area, improving habitat for threatened Snoqualmie Chinook and other salmon species.  Due to hazards associated with construction, the Snoqualmie River will be closed to in-river use from the SR 202 bridge in Fall City downstream approximately 2 miles (early June through September 2014). For more information on the project and the river closure, visit the project website.

Controlling Invasives on the Snoqualmie

KCD - controlling invasive weedsOver the past six years the King Conservation District has awarded a series of three Snoqualmie Forum grants totaling nearly $100,000 for a collaborative project where the City of North Bend in partnership with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust removed invasive weeds and re-established a native plant understory at Riverfront Park on the Snoqualmie River and Ribary Creek. In March KCD awarded just under $15,000 to continue the multi-year effort to eradicate invasives, including English ivy, holly, laurel, and Himalayan blackberries. The City and the Greenway Trust will rely on community volunteer events and professional crews to continue the work.

King Conservation District Convenes New Advisory Committee of Regional Leaders

King Conservation District Advisory Committee

Last year King County and the King Conservation District (KCD) convened a special Task Force and Conservation Panel to evaluate strategies for achieving shared resource conservation goals. This spring KCD established a new Advisory Committee as the next step in this county-wide planning process. The diverse committee includes local elected officials, senior agency and organization staff, and rural and urban landowners collaborating to leverage limited resources into powerful regional impact. See the KCD website for a summary of the Conservation Task Force outcomes.

Jeff Dunham Named KCD Conservation Landowner of the Year

KCD annual meetingAt their recent annual meeting the King Conservation District honored Jeff Dunham of Homeplace Farm near Carnation as the Conservation Landowner of the Year Award. In early 2013 dozens of local students and the District’s WCC crew assisted Jeff (in the yellow jacket on the left) with a major restoration project on his 43-acre farm. Jeff’s current focus is on honeybees. With acres of flowering pollinator plants in his buffer areas, Jeff is expanding from three to 100 honeybee hives as a central feature of his farm.

Snoqualmie Fish, Farm, Flood Advisory Committee Update

Snoqualmie River floodingThe Snoqualmie Fish, Farm, Flood Advisory Committee has met twice per month since November 2013 to help King County to solve a critical conundrum:  How can we ensure the viability of farming, restore salmon habitat and reduce flood risks in the Snoqualmie Valley, given that some of the most pressing needs for each conflict on the ground?   The committee is nearing the end of its initial phase of work, with preliminary recommendations expected at the end of May.  County staff will spend the summer conducting outreach to landowners, agencies and partner organizations as well as refining the committee’s recommendations.  Final recommendations will be crafted during the course of 2-3 meetings in Fall 2014. For more information, visit the project website or contact Janne Kaje at

The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum works to protect and restore the health of the SF Skykomish and Snoqualmie Watersheds in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.

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