Save the Wood Creek Forest

Zoom Meeting July 23rd at 6:30 PM

Save Wood Creek Committee Meeting, July 23rd, 2020 @ 6:30 PM PST

Hosted by Lois Bell

Please join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84250320642?pwd=bmxTOUFKYjBTaGlVWEk4VjhIVWRkQT09 VWRkQT09

Meeting ID: 507 781 9140

Password: 8WJd9c

Agenda Items

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call and Introductions (if needed)
  3. Agenda Items
    1. Paul Roberts
      1. Overview of the Committee/Weekly Meetings – OR –
      2. Introduction to Jeffrey Mallahan/Land Bank Proposal
    2. Update about Rezoning Laws
    3. Forming a Non-profit
      1. Go over Name options
      2. Discuss commitment
      3. Open Discussion
    4. Land Bank
      1. What is needed from the Committee
    5. Community Communications
      1. Content, Frequency, and Delivery
      2. Inviting Involvement
  4. New Business
  5. Open Discussion
  6. Adjournment

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Zoom Meeting July 16th at 6:30 PM

Save Wood Creek Committee Meeting, July 16th, 2020 @ 6:30 PM PST

Hosted by Lois Bell

Please join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84250320642?pwd=bmxTOUFKYjBTaGlVWEk4VjhIVWRkQT09 VWRkQT09

Meeting ID: 842 5032 0642

Password: 622138

Agenda Items

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call and Introductions (if needed)
  3. Agenda Items
    1. Update from Forterra
    2. Update about Rezoning Laws
    3. Forming a Non-profit
      1. Discuss requirements
      2. Discuss commitment
      3. Open Discussion
    4. Land Bank
      1. Report from Jeffrey Mallahan
    5. Community Communications
      1. Content, Frequency, and Delivery
      2. Inviting Involvement
  4. Open Discussion
  5. New Business
  6. Adjournment

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July 10th 2020 Newsletter

The full PDF formatted July 10th newsletter can be downloaded by clicking the button below. If you don't have a capable pdf viewer, scroll down to read a summary of the newsletter.





State of the Forest

With all the effort and involvement of members of the neighborhood, we have earned a delay of any decisions about the forest by the city. However--the issue is definitely not off the table entirely.

We have discovered that the forest was being considered for surplus by the city to be made available for sale to developers as early as 2018, but its inclusion was delayed until this year. The city council is planning to revisit the issue again by the end of the summer.

So we only have a brief window of opportunity.

The mayor, while recognizing the beauty and value of the forest, also has concerns about the space providing no benefit, financial or otherwise, to the wider city. The population of Everett has more than doubled in the past 30 years, and space to build new homes is becoming harder to find, so unless the forest provides some other benefit, it will be reinvestigated as a potential build site.

The folks who meet every week on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (the meeting details are always available on the Save the Wood Creek Forest website) are seeking ways that the forest can be a benefit to the city, so that we can ensure its preservation for the future.

We have had positive responses from city officials, so there is hope that if provided with other, responsible options, the city council and/or mayor may be open to proposals for Wood Creek forest. In no particular order, some of the options we're exploring include:

  • Working with the city to earn grants that would give them funds to preserve the Wood Creek forest area
  • Working with Forterra (learn more about Forterra at https:// forterra.org/) to turn Wood Creek forest into a preserved parcel
  • Working with the City of Everett to create a land bank that allows developers to pay to support Wood Creek forest any time they need to remove trees or to build in more isolated areas within Everett
  • Gaining support from other nature and environmental groups is also a priority
  • Finally, as a medium-term solution (may be 18+ months), rezoning the area to some designation other than R1 is being pursued
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Meeting July 9th 2020 @ 6:30 PM PST

Save Wood Creek Committee Meeting, July 9th, 2020 @ 6:30 PM PST

Hosted by Lois Bell

We will be discussing creating a non-profit organization and other strategies.

Please join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84250320642?pwd=bmxTOUFKYjBTaGlVWEk4VjhI VWRkQT09

Meeting ID: 842 5032 0642

Password: 622138

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Committee Meeting July 2nd 2020

Save Wood Creek Committee Meeting, July 2nd, 2020 @ 6:30 PM PST

Hosted by Lois Bell

We will be following up on the status of the meetings with city officials, rezone status, refining our overall goals and strategies.

Please join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84250320642?pwd=bmxTOUFKYjBTaGlVWEk4VjhI VWRkQT09

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Stewards of Wood Creek Everett Mission

To protect and preserve the Wood Creek forest for future generations through conservation and stewardship.

Footer Logo The City of Everett has proposed the sale of about 92.5 acres of undeveloped green belt property. Wood Creek lies in the valley between the Valley View and Eastmont neighborhoods. Wood Creek was the main source of drinking water for the city of Everett between 1898 and 1916, until the Sultan River water project was completed. The land and the creek is a critical habitat for a variety of animals and wildlife. Additionally, the land is unstable and many parts of the land are critically sloped. This group is for anyone opposing this proposal and for trying to preserve this critical land.



Everett's Original Watersource: Main Wood Creek Reservoir in June of 1909.

Everett's Original Watersource

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