Conservation in Snoqualmie
More than 100 years ago, Snoqualmie began producing clean, sustainable electricity at the Snoqualmie Falls power plant. That tradition continues. Throughout its history, the City of Snoqualmie has been a leader and partner in conservation.
Conservation is a movement spanning the political, social, and scientific fields seeking to protect natural resources, including plant and animal species as well as their future habitats. The City of Snoqualmie is actively doing its part to conserve the natural resources of the region while maintaining a high quality of life for both residents and visitors to this beautiful valley.
With Snoqualmie’s rapid growth, natural resources can be threatened unless protective action is taken. Cooperation in the development of the new master-planned community of Snoqualmie Ridge has ensured maintenance of four acres of land in permanent conservation for every one acre of land developed.
There are many benefits to preserving green spaces within the (sub)urban context. Contact with nature can contribute to one’s physical and mental well-being and the development of social capital. Green spaces offer an aesthetic environment that can improve one’s quality of life by inspiring physical activity, connecting people to the place they live, and elevating one’s mood.
Green spaces also promote many ecosystem services. An ecosystem service is an environmental function that is necessary to support life on earth, like pollination or maintaining fresh water and clean air. Green spaces also function as carbon sinks – places where carbon dioxide is stored so that it no longer remains in the atmosphere where it would contribute to climate change.
Snoqualmie is engaged in a variety of efforts dedicated to conservation.
Meadowbrook Farm is 460 acres of historic public open space on the Snoqualmie Valley floor. It is located within the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend.
Mountains to Sound Greenway is the spectacular landscape surrounding Interstate 90 from the shores of Puget Sound in Seattle, through the upper Snoqualmie Valley, over Snoqualmie Pass, and into Central Washington.
Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative is a series of actions intended to preserve critical forestlands, view sheds, and trail corridors in and around the City of Snoqualmie, while at the same time, finalizing plans for the city's future growth.
Snoqualmie Tree Farm is timberland that stretches 25 miles north from Snoqualmie Falls, through the back lots of Duvall and Carnation, and into Snohomish County.