Snoqualmie Valley Stewardship Handbook
The Snoqualmie Valley Stewardship Handbook is a tool that anyone who spends time in the Snoqualmie Valley can use. It provides solutions to local issues and the actions people can take to improve the Snoqualmie River Watershed. It is based on a collaborative effort and an understanding the we all can make the Valley a better place. We appreciate the opportunity to share this tool with you and hope you find it useful, as a steward to the land and water that sustains us.
From its headwaters in the Cascade Mountains to the confluence of the Snohomish River and on into the Salish Sea the Snoqualmie River is the majestic provider of habitat and sustenance, as it breathes life into all it encounters. For time immemorial the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ) has lived and cared for this river and its surrounding lands. Throughout this handbook and with all of our actions associated with the land and water of this area, we would like to acknowledge that.
Today, the ever-growing population, industry, extraction, production wear on this once pristine river and the territory it flows through. Our first step in the attempt to rectify this is to recognize the impacts and threats to healthy ecosystems, salmon, orca and people. The salmon need a clean and healthy river to survive. Orca need healthy salmon to survive and we need both healthy salmon and orca to survive. It’s going to take hard work, but we at Stewardship Partners are up for the challenge and we hope you are too, and that this Handbook provides you the knowledge and tools to take action.
Just like the river making its way to the sea, we are on a journey to heal the river and its riparian habitat in a way that’s conducive to all. All efforts to heal the Snoqualmie will require collaboration, patience and hard work but working together we can achieve a much more sustainable environment for this current generation as well as for generations to come. Let’s do this. For the River. For the Orca. For the salmon. For the people.
The Snoqualmie Valley Stewardship Handbook was made possible by Bullitt Foundation, King County, Patagonia and a host of volunteers.
Spanish translation available soon!