Save the Wood Creek Forest

Conservation Research and Outreach Help Needed

Note: the meeting scheduled for June 9th has been canceled and will be tentatively rescheduled for a later date.

Thank you for participating in the Conservation Ideas meeting. It's going to take a group of us to get this done.

Here are the following leads we have. Please help us by picking one to research.

  1. Land Trust Alliance - look for others to contact (see list below for groups already contacted)
  2. Friends of North Creek Forest, Bothell
  3. Whidbey/Camano Land Trust
  4. Conservation Futures Program, we missed the May 15 deadline, but we should be proactive for next year.
  5. Please reseach the Local Improvement District (LID) option

Another approach that can be taken is for everyone in the community surrounding the wooded area to establish a Local Improvement District (LID) for the purpose of purchasing the property. In order for this to be successful, you and your neighbors will have to petition the City to set up a LID that establishes a taxing schedule on each member of the LID that is committed to paying associated costs (the value of the property). LID's generally have a 30-year term and the more members of the LID equate to a lower cost burden on each member. (The above is taken from an email, so we need to confirm the details of LID)

Some questions to ask are:

  • Is this applicable to our effort?
  • How long is the process?
  • What are the obstacles?
  • Is there someone experienced in this topic that we can reach out to?

If you need help with what to say, you can refer to the petition and list of reasons to oppose the Wood Creek property sale.

If you're interested, please email help@savewoodcreek.org and Gregory will add you to a conservation@woodcreek.org mailing list and cc Erica at erika@savewoodcreek.org.

Once you're added, please reply to the conservation@woodcreek.org email list with all with what you are interested in researching. Using the conservation email list should assist in the coordination.

We'll send a link for a Zoom meeting at a later date to share what we've learned.

Thank you!

Erika and Tim


To avoid redundancy, the following organizations have already been contacted:

  • Forterra
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Wilderness Land Trust
  • The Conservation Fund
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Adopt-a-Stream
  • Washington Environmental Council
  • Environment WA
  • Sno-King Watershed Council
  • Pilchuck Audubon Society
  • Snohomish Conservation District
  • Tree Committee/Bob Leonard/Everett

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2009 Marshland Subarea Plan

The Marshland Subarea plan, a funded study sponsored by the city of Everett, is one of the last opportunities for a large-scale tidal wetland restoration among the main stem of the Snohomish River. This plan suggests using Wood Creek as the main source of water to restore foraging habitat for Chinook and other salmon smolts. This plan also recommends connecting Wood Creek and other drainages from the adjacent hillside into restored tidal wetlands to enable restoring fish access to streams; adding fish access to an area of preserved forested wetland habitat; restoring multiple non-tidal freshwater wetland areas; and riparian buffer enhancements.1

This report lays out and confirms our own reasons to oppose this sale. It states that Wood Creek is the only perennial source of water for the tidal restoration plan (at the confluence of Wood Creek and the Snohomish River), suggests that the existing Wood Creek corridor be maintained for wildlife migration, and urges the city to maintain and increase the riparian forest along Wood Creek, both in its headwaters and in the Snohomish River marshland.

Key Highlights in the subarea plan

  • "Wood Creek is the only perennial and fish-bearing stream draining to the subarea though several other intermittent and perennial streams flow into the subarea" (page 12, emphasis mine)
  • Recommends a preserved forested wetland habitat and potential trails and recreational areas in the marshland (page 25)
  • Suggests connecting Wood Creek to the Marshland Canal to increase salmon spawning areas (page 26)
  • One of this plan's main policies was to Reconnect Wood Creek to the Snohomish River. This plans Maximum Restoration Alternative (Alternative 3) "would support the largest number of salmon and would provide greater function to Wood Creek through the relocation of the Marshland Canal and pump station (page 32)
  • The plan recommends to preserve and increase the areas of interconnected habitat to create better foraging opportunities creating more wildlife and diversity (page 44)

There are a lot more relevant items found in this report, but for the sake of brevity I will conclude with the following excerpt found in the report:

"Non-wetland riparian forested habitat would occur along the slopes of levees and in areas above forested wetlands. This habitat type would include many of the tree species list in forested wetlands, but also include deciduous trees such as big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), and conifers such as Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), grand fir (abies grandis), and Douglas fir (pseudotsuga menziesii). There are many other species of smaller trees and shrubs that would likely occur in the riparian forested areas. All the riparian forests are an important habitat for fish and wildlife and a source of large woody debris." (Page 38)

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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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