Healthy Snoqualmie Valley

Learn about how we are working towards a Healthy Snoqualmie Valley. Explore our list of resources below for how to get involved!

The Snoqualmie Valley is a 440,688-acre band of farms, forests and small cities between the urban streets of our nation’s fastest growing large city and the rugged, alpine peaks of the Cascades. Forests, farms and rural lands account for 96% of the Valley.

These lands help sequester carbon from our cars, produce food for local farmers markets and provide habitat for threatened salmon and other wildlife. The forests, farms and rivers of the Snoqualmie Valley provide young people with outdoor experiences on field trips and summer camps, for learning and for fun. And the Valley is a place of refuge and recreation for the millions of people who live in the nearby Seattle metropolitan area. The Valley’s small cities —Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie and North Bend— maintain a strong main-street heritage and a deep connection to the forests and farms just beyond the city limits.

The rural character, environmental well being and economic health of the Snoqualmie Valley are under immense pressure. Within the Valley’s agricultural zone, increased flooding and salmon recovery are often at odds. Popular recreation sites, particularly along the Snoqualmie River and the Middle Fork, lack the infrastructure necessary to provide safe and sanitary experiences to hikers, kayakers, and other visitors.

View our report on the health of the Snoqualmie Valley and our goals to improve the Valley.

 

What can you do to help the Snoqualmie Valley?

Explore our list of resources to help enjoy, preserve, and conserve Snoqualmie Valley

Heritage

Visit a Snoqualmie Valley Historic Structure, Place or Museum.

Get to know your elders, listen to a story and ask a question.

Learn about traditionally important plants & their uses by native people.

 

Forests

Understand the benefits forest provide and spread the word.

Become a weed watchers and protect our forests against invasive weeds.

Become a steward of your property and develop a forest plan.

 

Farms

Eat more vegetables and more whole foods.

Know your farmer: join a CSA, shop at Farmers Markets, encourage others to buy local.

Get closer to your food: grow a garden.

 

Fish, Water, and Wildlife

Know where your water comes from and use it wisely.

Plant a native tree.

Volunteer to do habitat restoration.

 

Recreation

Be a respectful recreation user.

Hike a hidden trail.

Volunteer: build a trail, pick up litter.

 

Outdoor Education

Spend time outside with your family and friends.

Watch the salmon spawn in the fall.

Send a kid to camp, by supporting local programs.

 

 

For more information, contact Jennifer McKeown, the Greenway Trust’s Snoqualmie Program Manager, at ‘jennifer.mckeown (at) mtsgreenway.org’ or 206.373.1601