Preservation at Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie’s population has grown from 1,630 in 1997 to a current population of nearly 14,000. While this growth has had an impact on the environment, city leaders have carefully considered how to balance development with preservation.
“One of my highest priorities is not just preserving, but also restoring and enhancing the beauty and integrity of Snoqualmie Falls,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “It’s our most cherished asset and greatest source of pride. Our city logo reflects this.”
Recently, Puget Sound Energy rebuilt its two 100-year old power plants at Snoqualmie Falls. The City of Snoqualmie’s goal was to ensure that this project improved upon and enhanced the visitor experience. The public now enjoys two beautifully redesigned parks and improved trails on the north side of the river. A great deal of visual pollution was removed on the south bank above Snoqualmie Falls.
The City of Snoqualmie, the Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra), Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, and King County came together in June 2001 for a public/private partnership to establish the Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative. The initiative achieved:
- permanent protection of 145 acres directly adjacent to Snoqualmie Falls,
- prevented the development of 9,000 acres in the Raging River Basin and other areas of the Snoqualmie Valley in perpetuity, and
- protects and enhances the City of Snoqualmie and King County's trail systems.
Other preservation actions by the City of Snoqualmie include acquisition of 165 acres of the 418-acre Three Forks Natural Area from King County. The land is managed by the City’s Parks and Public Works Department. One hundred thirty acres of land at Snoqualmie Point was saved from development through the efforts of the City of Snoqualmie and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, with the help of the Trust for Public Lands. And in partnership with the City of North Bend, the City of Snoqualmie owns and maintains Meadowbrook Farm – a 460-acre area of open space and critical wildlife habitat.
Learn more about City of Snoqualmie environmental preservation and sustainability initiatives.