The Snohomish Conservation had another exciting and productive year in 2017, but the accomplishments highlighted within this annual report were not achieved without help; we are humbled by your support and contributions.

Here are some things we are thankful for:

  • We truly cherish the opportunity to serve within our communities.
  • We greatly appreciate the willingness of private landowners to be responsible stewards of the natural resources they manage.
  • We are honored to work with so many dedicated partners that are also trying to be responsible stewards of the resources they manage.

Last year in this note, I focused on the future. In 2017, we began building the foundation for future success:

  • We are working with the agriculture community and others to develop the Agriculture Resilience Plan. This plan is setting the stage for farmland preservation and will be bringing critical science data forward to help agricultural producers manage their farms today and to adaptively manage their farms over time.
  • We are working with partners and landowners on creative ways to enhance fish and wildlife habitat while still meeting the needs and goals of landowners.
  • We continue to expand and refine our adult and youth education programs. With the increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, the District has responded to the demand by finding new and innovative ways to bring this education to life. We also continue to evaluate the effectiveness and value of our efforts.
  • We continue to build our relationships and implement projects with residential landowners. Our partners have helped us to refine and improve our implementation. Our initial year with our Veterans Conservation Corps set the foundation for more project implementation in the future.

As we embark on another year, I want to thank you for all of your help and support. The many stories that underlie these results were made possible by our dedicated staff and you. Your willingness to engage and to move toward better ground is critical. We will achieve better ground for our future by working together collectively.

Thank you for all that you do,

Monte Marti, District Manager