Save the Wood Creek Forest

Stewards of Wood Creek Everett Public Zoom Meeting Schedule

Stewards of Wood Creek Everett Public Zoom Meetings.
Meetings occur on the Second Thursday of each month until Dec 8, 2022.     

  • October 14, 2021 07:00 PM       
  • November 11, 2021 07:00 PM       
  • December 9, 2021 07:00 PM       
  • Janruary 13, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • February 10, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • March 10, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • April 14, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • May 12, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • June 9, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • July 14, 2022 07:00 PM      
  • August11, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • September 8, 2022 07:00 PM       
  • October 13, 2022 07:00 PM
  • November 10, 2022 07:00 PM
  • December 8, 2022 07:00 PM
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Wood Creek Neighborhood Meeting Recap

Wood Creek Neighborhood Meeting Recap
On Sat. Aug. 28th over 50 people attended a neighborhood (Valley View and Eastmont) meeting to hear updates and ask questions regarding the future development of the 98 acre Wood Creek Forest.  Our Stewards of Wood Creek Everett Board who planned this gathering were really pleased with the turnout and our elected officials and community leaders who came to bring the updates and responded to well over 20 questions that were asked.  The elected officials were:

  • Paul Roberts - Everett City Council member who is the point for this issue
  • Megan Dunn - Snohomish County Council District 2 (the district that Wood Creek Forest is in)

Community Leaders were:

  • Nick Bratton - representing Forterra - an environmental conservation organization that does work in the Everett area and all over Western Washington.
  • Todd Gray - the environmental rep from the Tulalip Tribe

The next steps are for the geo-technical study to become a public report regarding the soil stability and praticality of building on in this area. As soon as this report is ready we will distrubute it publicly. The overall goal is the conservation of this historic forest which is so valuable for the well-being of our local environment. If you have any questions regarding this effort to conserve this historic forest and creek send an email to info@savewoodcreek.org. As soon as the geo-technical study is released the board will sponsor another publc neighborhood meeting. To express your opinion to the Everett city council or to the mayor's office please go to the Everett City website found at https://www.everettwa.gov/citycouncil.

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Preserve Wood Creek Neighborhood Update Meeting

Preserve Wood Creek Neighborhood Update Meeting

Saturday August 28th @ 10am

Location On the corner of 81st Pl SE & Hamlet Ln, Everett, WA 98203.

Please Come to hear updates and ask your questions regarding the important effort to conserve the historic Wood Creek area from the following:

  • Preserve Wood Creek Board Members: Lois Bell, Paul Benz, Gregory Alexander, Michael Mallahan, and Michael Wright (longtime residents of Valley View & Eastmont)
  • City of Everett Deputy Mayor Nick Harper regarding the Geo-Technical Analysis and overall process & timeline
  • Rebecca Schwartzman from Forterra (an environmental conservation non-profit) regarding their important role in this effort
  • Everett City Council member Paul Roberts - regarding the city's role in this project
  • Snohomish County council member Megan Dunn

The neighborhoods of Valley View & Eastmont are on the north & south sides of Wood Creek - please bring your questions and concerns as we all work together to try and ensure the preservation of this historic and natural wooded area in the city of Everett and Snohomish County. Please invite or bring your neighbor.

Directions using Google Maps

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Wood Creek Update

A Wood Creek project kick-off meeting was held on 4/29, led by Nick Bratton and Rebecca Schwartzman of Forterra. Attendees included interested parties from the county including Council Member Dunn, Tom Teigen, and Lisa Dulude; Paul Roberts (Everett City Council), Nick Harper (Everett Deputy Mayor), Paul McKee (Everett Real Property Manager), Valley View neighborhood representative George Lockeman, and members of the Save Wood Creek Everett group.

This meeting served to introduce interested stakeholders and detail the upcoming process.

The city of Everett will undertake geotechnical/wetland study and an archeological survey of the property. The city is still finalizing the scopes of work for the various site assessments.

Once completed, the city will coordinate with Forterra for their input/feedback before proceeding. Deputy Mayor Nick Harper will communicate with us once he has a clearer timeline for when the field work can be completed.

Forterra will begin to collect community and stakeholder input on the property, and begin to investigate public, private, and market-based funding approaches (carbon credits, mitigation credits, etc).

The goal is to balance the desires of the community, public benefits, and fiduciary responsibility as Forterra presents options/ scenarios for uses and funding to the City. Forterra clearly communicated that their work is not determining any single outcome for the property.

We await the next steps, which include the City setting up and scheduling the studies.

Forterra will be gearing up public engagement work and planning outreach, including an in-person community meeting in August. The location of the meeting is in the Valley View Neighborhood on the corner of Hamlet Lane and 81st Place SE. More announcements regarding this important meeting will be coming soon.

We anticipate another update meeting with Forterra after the geotechnical/ wetland studies have been completed.

Get Involved! If you would like to join the efforts of Stewards of Wood Creek Everett, we welcome your participation! Please email info@savewoodcreek.org

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City of Everett Park Survey

The City of Everett is asking for input on your ideas to guide its park systems to meet community needs and to tailor the new Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) plan. This plan will contain the vision and objectives for capital investment and park operation guidelines. If you have time, please let them know that our open spaces are important to us.

Thank you again!

The new parks survey URL is found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EverettParksViz

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City of Everett Housing Action Plan Community Survey

The City of Everett has posted a survey asking its citizens for input regarding housing issues as part of the housing action plan.  We encourage everyone to participate by taking a few minutes to fill out the survey with their thoughts.  Save Wood Creek Everett is sharing this survey because as part of the work to preserve Wood Creek and the surrounding forest, we have been challenged with inquiries about our stance on low-income and supplemented housing.  As a group we are simply focused on the preservation of Wood Creek and the surrounding wild space, so we want to be sure that you are all encouraged to speak for yourselves regarding housing in Everett.

The deadline is tomorrow afternoon, so if you have thoughts and opinions on housing in Everett, please let them know!

Thanks folks!

The survey URL is found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FF7BC9M

More information about the survey can be found on the City of Everetts webpage: https://everettwa.gov/2536/Rethink-Housing

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Our partnership with Forterra explained by the Everett Herald

From the Everett Herald:

EVERETT -- Wood Creek's forested ravine is set for further evaluation and study this year by the city and an environmental nonprofit.

No decisions about its future have been made, but people across the city and beyond can have a say in it.

Everett is working with Forterra to re-evaluate the land's soil stability and potential uses. Once that is determined, the city intends to get an appraisal of the acreage -- which could remain an unmanaged urban forest, become a passive recreation area like the unofficial trails already there, or have small sections sold and developed for housing.

The city and Snohomish County are paying Forterra to lead community engagement starting this summer. That will include conversations with neighbors; residents across Everett; Snohomish County, which owns about 10 acres of adjacent forest; and the Tulalip Tribes. The feedback will help determine funding and long-term land use options for Wood Creek.

The partnership was a hopeful sign for Valley View residents who asked the city to keep the property undeveloped.

"It's moving in the right direction, but it isn't a promise. I'm aware of that," said Lois Bell, a Valley View resident since 2015 and committee member for Stewards of Wood Creek Everett, a group that formed in response to the city's consideration of the property as surplus land. "Ideally we'd like it to be preserved. In what context, that's to be decided."

The full article can be found at https://www.heraldnet.com/news/everett-environmental-group-to-study-wood-creek-future-uses/

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December Community Newsletter

On 12/4/20, we participated in a phone call with Deputy Mayor Nick Harper, Council Member Paul Roberts, and a Forterra representative.  The purpose of this call was to provide an update on the progress the city administration has made toward geotechnical analysis of the Wood Creek property.  This update leaves us cautiously optimistic about the long-term outcome for the forest because we learned that Forterra and city administration have been actively working together on a conservation strategy.

We learned:

  • The city and Forterra have been working on an agreement and detailed scope of work. Deputy Mayor Harper assured us that we would have access to the scope of work documents.
  • The City of Everett has applied for a $10K grant through Snohomish County to help compensate Forterra for their services. The Utility will match the $10K award.
  • The Utility has agreed to cover the costs of the geotechnical assessment and property appraisal. Please recall from our previous newsletter on this topic that these two assessments are aimed at fully understanding the unique nature of the local soil stability given knowledge of previous landslides and groundwater issues in Valley View. It would also determine the actual monetary value of the land as a result.  The previous appraisal related to the proposed surplus decision in April – May had only been based on a simple square-footage calculation of flat land.  This real estate appraisal is not for the purposes of any sale.  It is to allow a better understanding of the amount the Water Utility would need to be compensated when a final conservation plan is decided upon. The Public Works and Real Property departments are currently investigating firms to perform these tasks. The geotechnical analysis is still targeted to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. The costs of these assessments are not yet known.
  • The City of Everett plans to host a  “kick-off” meeting to discuss this evolving process in greater detail as early as mid-January.  More details will follow on the number of participants and who the various stakeholders are.
    Deputy Mayor Harper reiterated his desire to maintain transparency and build trust and rapport with the community. Similar to his last meeting with us, he emphasized that there is 'no rush' and 'time is on our side' because the Utility is not counting on monies gained from the property for any projects, revenue plans, or rate formulas.  He stated unequivocally that the city is committed to a “conservation solution” for Wood Creek and the surrounding forest.  The City is still in the data-gathering stage, which will be followed by working with Forterra to investigate a combination of options to compensate the Utility so the property can then be protected.

    Get Involved!  If you would like to join the efforts of Stewards of Wood Creek Everett, we welcome your participation!  Please email info@savewoodcreek.org

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Thank you note to the community

Thank you to everyone who joined our community zoom meeting and contacted us about getting involved! We need volunteers to help with outreach, media production, and in the future, fundraising.

We look forward to working with you to save Wood Creek.

If you weren't able to attend, but would like to volunteer to support the effort, please email info@savewoodcreek.org or call (346) 298-2080.

You can find information about our bi-weekly Zoom meetings on our website, Facebook, and Nextdoor. Please subscribe to the website so you don't miss an update. We welcome your participation!

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Reminder: Public Save Wood Creek meeting tonight at 6:30 PM

We are having a public community Save Wood Creek meeting tonight at 6 PM

If you are having any issues with connectivity, or can't attend but would like to volunteer, please email info@savewoodcreek.org or call (346) 298-2080

Join us on Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 897 8759 1681
Passcode: 414553

Summary Agenda:

  1. Introductions of the Stewards of Wood Creek Everett (SWCE) Committee
  2. Public Introductions
  3. Recent developments
  4. Enlist public suggestions and feedback about out communication methods
  5. Questions and Answers
  6. Ask for volunteers

This entry was posted on October 21, 2020 at 3:48 PM and has received 170 views.

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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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