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Snoqualmie Valley Snapshot 2014References for data presented in the Snoqualmie Valley Snapshot 2014.

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Heritage

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Snoqualmie Tribe
Snoqualmie Tribe
Snoqualmie: billed as the "Largest Hop Ranch in the World" Meadowbrook Farm
North Bend: Community Center built by Civilian Conservation Corps Harmsen
Carnation: originally named Tolt, renamed after Carnation Farm History Link
Duvall: Original town had to be moved for the railway History Link
Preston: Preston mill opened in 1892 as a shingle mill Seattle Times
Fall City: Post Office opened on June 10, 1872 History Link

 

Forests

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Over 77% of the Snoqualmie Valley is in the forest zone. King County
A single foraging bear may peel bark from up to 70 trees per day.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

A single tree can absorb 10 lbs of air pollutants per year; 2 trees provide enough oxygen for one person per year; Over a year, an acre of forest can consume the amount of CO2 by driving a car 26,000 miles. American Forests
2013 Weed Watchers Spent 589 hours controlling weeds, covering 77 miles King County Noxious Weed Control Program
Approximately 60% of the rural zone is covered in forest Greenway Trust used National Land Cover Database 2011 called the USFS Tree Canopy Cartographic
Forest properties with management plan: 23% King County

 

Farms

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Snoqualmie River Agricultural Production District is over 14,500 acres; King County's agricultural areas have the capacity to produce over 50% of the daily calorie needs for all county residents King County's FARM Report
At the height of the November 1990 flood, enough water flowed over Snoqualmie Falls to fill the old Kingdome stadium in 14 minutes.
Snoqualmie Watershed Facts
Snoqualmie Valley has over 60 farms; 17 offer Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions; Snoqualmie Valley farmers sell at 28 farmers markets Greenway Trust compiled from various sources: King County, King Conservation District, SnoValley Tilth, Puget Sound Fresh, various farmers market vendor lists
Anticipated goals: add 400 acres per year and increase new farmers each year; studies suggest that if 10% of the food and drink purchased locally was produced form local sources, King County could see an increase of at least 10,000 new jobs. King County's Local Food Initiative
For every $100 spent at a grocery store $25 stays in local economy, from a farmers market $62 stays in the local economy Sustainable Seattle's Why Local Linkages Matter
Since 1979, the development rights on more than 13,000 acres of farmland have been purchased. Farmland Preservation Program

 

Fish, Water and Wildlife

DataSource
10 of the Healthiest Basins in King County are in the Snoqualmie Watershed; Chinook salmon in the Snoqualmie have declined to less than 10% historic levels Snoqualmie 2015 Report
In 2001, American Rivers listed the Snoqualmie as one of our nation's most endangered rivers. American Rivers
There are currently 31.4 miles along Snoqualmie Valley streams and rivers undergoing restoration. Greenway Trust compiled from various sources: King County, King Conservation District, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Stewardship Partners, Sound Salmon Solutions, Snoqualmie Tribe

The Snoqualmie River meanders more than 43 miles and the watershed supports wild runs of Coho, Pink, Chum, threatened Steelhead and threatened Chinook Salmon; 1.55 miles of levees have been removed along the Snoqualmie,, Tolt and Raging rivers; 34% of the Snoqualmie river below the falls, 25% of the lower Tolt river, and 35% of the lower Raging River have levees; Only 1/3 of main stem Snoqualmie has high quality habitat (trees spanning at least 150ft).

King County
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum is working to improve the health of the watershed. Snoqualmie Watershed Forum
Currently 29,500 acres of Snoqualmie Valley farmland have a conservation plan with King Conservation District King Conservation District

 

Recreation

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The Outdoor Industry Association estimates the outdoor recreation contributes $22.5 billion to Washington State's economy each year. Outdoor Industry Association
Over 26,000 people visit the Snoqualmie River at Fall City each year. King County
225,000 visit Rattlesnake Lake Recreation area each year. Seattle Public Utilities
There are 23 trailheads, 122 bikable trail miles, 269 hikeable trail miles, and 2,806 skiable acres in the Snoqualmie Valley Greenway Compiled from various sources: US Forest Service, King County, Washington Department of Natural Resources
In 2013 there were 7,179 hunting/fishing licenses sold, 202 deer harvested, 16 elk harvested and 11,044 small game harvested in the Snoqualmie Valley area. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
68% of trailhead have toilets, 72% of trailheads have signage and 24% of river access points have year-round toilets in the Snoqualmie Valley Greenway Compiled from various sources: US Forest Service, King County, Washington Department of Natural Resources
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is 31.5 miles long connecting Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie, and North Bend. King County's Regional Trail System

 

Outdoor Education

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Each day, the average American boy or girl spend 7 minutes playing outdoors and 7+ hours in front of an electronic screen National Wildlife Federation
29,000+ youth from the region attend camp in the Valley each year Greenway Compiled from various sources: Girl Scouts of Western Washington Camp River Ranch, Camp Korey, Camp Gilead, Camp Wascowitz, Camp Don Bosco
In 2013, students spent 233,371 hours in environmental education programs in the Snoqualmie Valley Greenway Compiled from various sources: Nature Vision, Sound Salmon Solutions, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Oxbow Farm, Camp Wascowitz, Wilderness Awareness School
Outdoor education programs

 

For more information, contact Jennifer McKeown, Snoqulamie Program Manager, by email or 206.373.1601

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