On May 9th The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Board recommended a grant award of $200,000 to be used for conservation of land withing the North Creek Forest. The grant must be formally approved by the Snohomish County Council but this is a big step for a well known and worthy cause. We will update you when they vote.
This award will be used toward purchase of 31 acres of the forest in Snohomish County. We want to give special thanks to David Gossett who has personally endorsed and championed our conservation effort and who alerted us to this opportunity. David is also a member of the Snohomish County Council.
Also thank you to Dave Somers who offered good words about the North Creek Forest at the meeting. Dave is a Futures Board Member, Chair of the Snohomish County Council and, along with David Gossett, an early endorser of our goals.
With the help of city staff and a quick vote by our Bothell City Council we completed the application in one week. On May 9th Friends of North Creek Forest appeared before the Conservation Futures Board and gave what might have been the most persuasive presentation yet for conserving North Creek Forest. Our spokespeople had significant standing:
Woody Wheeler, owner of Conservation Catalyst is a professional nature guide and has worked with multiple organizations from Nature Conservancy to Seattle Parks.
David Bain, PhD Biology, educator and Board member of Cascadia Environmental Science Center
Jeanie Robinson, educator, counselor and the purchaser of 6 acres within the forest to protect it from development
Patrick Ewing, who has personally endorsed our effort and advocated for conservation issues including North Creek Forest for many years. Patrick is also a member of the Bothell City Council.
Thank you Friends. Great presentation!