May 2015 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

"Focus on the Snoqualmie" photo contest announced!

Snoqualmie River photoThe Snoqualmie Watershed Forum is once again looking for photos that capture the beauty and special character of the Snoqualmie Valley. What do you love most about the Snoqualmie Valley? Is it the river, the forests, the people, the farms, the fish or the mountains? Whatever it is, grab your camera, capture that image, and send it to us! We will accept entries until 4:30 pm June 29 and the winning photo(s) will be made into a poster promoting the watershed this fall. This free contest is open to all residents of Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, North Bend, Preston, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and the unincorporated King County portion of the Snoqualmie Watershed. Snoqualmie Watershed Forum members, employees, and their immediate families are not eligible. No submissions from professional photographers, please.

Complete contest details and entry forms are available at For questions, or to request materials by mail, call Polly Freeman at 206-477-3724 or email

Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan

Ever taken a hike up Mount Si, mountain biked on Tiger Mountain, or watched hang gliders launch from Poo Poo Point? Millions of people live within 30 minutes of the Snoqualmie Corridor, a recreation haven that includes 120 miles of trails, class III whitewater, class 5 rock climbing, and pristine hiking and picnicking areas. All of these opportunities — and more — just got a lot better with Washington State DNR's adoption of the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, which will enable DNR to further develop recreation opportunities in the corridor's 53,500 acres of DNR-managed natural areas and state trust lands. In partnership with volunteers, partners, and local communities, DNR will use this plan to guide recreation in the corridor for the next 10 to 15 years. For more information, take a look at the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan.
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Stewardship Partners announces Adopt-a-Buffer Program

Stewardship Partners and the Adopt-a-Buffer Program

Since 2002 Stewardship Partners' has worked with farmers and landowners to protect and restore waterways of the Snoqualmie Valley. Adopt-a-Buffer is our latest solution to loss of fish & wildlife habitat, loss of farmland, and polluted waterways. Adopt-a-Buffer connects local businesses, volunteer groups and individuals with rural landowners to engage in environmental restoration in the Snoqualmie Valley. Program participants volunteer to restore and maintain habitat buffers, strips of native trees and shrubs, along the Snoqualmie River and its many tributaries. Buffers provide cooling shade, control erosion and provide habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species. We invite you to join us this spring as we launch the Adopt-a-Buffer program. With your participation our efforts will ensure healthy land, healthy air & water and a healthy economy in the Snoqualmie Valley.

City of Duvall Receives 2015 King County Green Globe Award: Leader in Planning for Sustainability

City of Duvall awarded the Green Globe Award for Leadership in Planning for SustainabilityThe Duvall Watershed Plan provides a sustainable land use policy framework for this free-standing rural city to achieve this vision and Duvall was recently honored with a King County Green Globe award for this planning effort. The Green Globe award is a prestigious environmental award presented by King County every two years. The award recognizes projects that excel in leadership and activities that foster stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and benefiting the community. The City of Duvall was presented with a "Leader in Planning for Sustainability" award on April 20th for their Watershed Based Land Use Plan.

Firewise Leadership Conference on May 7th in Carnation

Firewise communityKing County's first Firewise community got its start a decade ago in the aftermath of a wildfire that threatened homes in Carnation. On May 7 rural residents, firefighters and foresters will gather at Camp River Ranch in Carnation to share ideas for promoting individual actions to keep communities safer from wildfire.  Conference topics include: sharing Firewise success stories, planning for the safety of pets and livestock, using social media in emergencies, managing greenbelts for resilience. The conference is hosted by the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council and Eastside Fire and Rescue.

Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Drainage Survey Underway

Agricultural land in Snoqualmie ValleyThe King Conservation District (KCD) is surveying agricultural landowners in the Snoqualmie Valley to identify field drainage problems. The results will be used to aid in designing, funding and implementing drainage projects to increase agricultural production. The survey is being conducted as the initial phase of a new KCD collaboration with King County Stormwater Services to encourage increased participation in the Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program. Snoqualmie Valley landowners can complete the survey online.

If you would like more information about the Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program in King County, contact Brian Sleight at 206-477-4826.


SnoValleyUnited is a new effort in the Snoqualmie Valley to strengthen local economies and raise quality of life. The SnoValleyUnited team is made up of a business owners and stakeholders from across the Snoqualmie Valley who recognize the rich heritage, vast natural beauty and vibrant and unique communities of the region. The SnoValleyUnited team believes we are much stronger working together than we are apart and is working to develop a common vision for the Snoqualmie Valley. In addition, the team is working on the development of a brand and sustainable tourism program based off of Oregon's successful grassroots program 'Rural Tourism Studio'. The team is asking Snoqualmie Valley businesses, farms, cities, chambers and community groups to join their fellow stakeholders and show their support for this effort by endorsing the SnoValleyUnited proclamation.

Watershed Improvement District

Snoqualmie ValleyFarmers and residents in the Snoqualmie Valley are in the process of forming a Watershed Improvement District. Whatcom County has formed six such districts in recent years, under RCW Chapter 87.03, to address a wide range of water issues such as water supply, water rights, agricultural drainage. The district will help farmers get access to irrigation water, encourage conservation, and provide a mechanism for consolidating points of withdrawal to benefit habitat. Boundaries will include most of the land in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District. For more information, contact Cynthia Krass, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance.

Snoqualmie Tribe's Earth Day Event 2015

Snoqualmie Tribe Earth Day planting eventThe Snoqualmie Tribe's Environmental and Natural Resources Department held an early community Earth Day planting event on April 10th at our habitat restoration project located along the Tolt River near Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. The Tribe's Cultural Activities Program opened with some traditional drumming and singing.

Over 50 third grade students and teachers volunteered from Carnation Elementary School and 15 students from the University of Washington Indigenous Sustainability Class. Volunteers planted over 800 native plants, all of which are traditionally used for food or medicine. In addition to planting activities we had participation from our partner organizations including Mountain To Sound Greenway, Stewardship Partners, the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, King County Parks and King County Forestry. The Snoqualmie Tribe's ENR Department would like to thank all of our volunteers and partners for a fun and productive Earth Day!

Call for Citizen Scientists to monitor for invasive plants in Upper Snoqualmie

Poster: call for citizen scientists to monitor for invasive plants King County and the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) are seeking citizen scientist volunteers to help public land managers protect forests and riverways in the Upper Snoqualmie and Alpine Lakes Wilderness by monitoring for invasive plants. Volunteers' efforts will directly support the maintenance of heathy ecosystems. Volunteers are asked to do 1-2 trail surveys over the 2015 field season.  The training will be May 3, 9-4, at the North Bend Ranger Station Meeting Hall.  To sign up, contact Julie Combs at or call 615-812-5295. Check King County's Weed Watcher website for more information.

Noxious weed alert – garlic mustard discovered on the Tolt River

Garlic mustard, an invasive noxious weedOn April 10, the highly invasive noxious weed garlic mustard was discovered for the first time in the Snoqualmie Valley. It was found on the north bank of the Tolt River just east of the Highway 203 bridge. The good news is that the weeds were controlled on the same day by the Snoqualmie Tribe restoration specialists who found them, and who then quickly notified King County staff who will search the area for more plants.  Everyone should watch for this plant and report any sightings to the King County Noxious Weed Control Program online or by phone at 206-477-9333.

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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Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.