SVENA stands for Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance. It is a grassroots community organisation based in
Washington State, USA.
Our mission is to protect an environmentally and economically sustainable future of the Skykomish River Valley.
We are working towards a safer, cleaner, healthier, more beautiful and economically sustainable place to live, work and visit.
Historically, many Native Americans, including members of the Skykomish and Snohomish Tribes, occupied the Valley for countless centuries and were parts of a big native community on the populous shores of the Salish Sea. These tribes have rich history, culture and traditions and are known for their close relationship to nature. Tulalip Tribes are the successors in interest to the Skykomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie and other allied tribes and bands signatory to the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.
The Valley communities of the Western settlers were founded in the mid-19th century by homesteaders whose livelihoods included logging, mining, farming, and in the late 1890s, the Great Northern Railway.
Skykomish River Valley is a part of the famous Cascade Loop with Hwy 2 as the National Scenic Byway. The Skykomish River is legally protected as a National Wild and Scenic River. With annually over 225,000 visitors to Wallace Falls State Park, 350,000 visitors to Stevens Pass Ski Resort, a future Snohomish County Shooting Center in progress, nearly 5 million cars passing through the valley, and the newly opened Paine Field Airport, local tourism and recreation industry is rapidly growing and need special attention and care. This industry relies heavily on high quality of landscape, infrastructure and user experience in order to be able to compete for top dollars locally and nationally.
Sustainable tourism and healthy ecosystem would be special magnets to hundreds of thousands of guests which already come to the Skykomish River Valley from all over the world to enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, rafting, swimming, river snorkeling, tubing and local attractions.
Skykomish Valley’s most outstanding asset is its unique and stunning landscape and nature. It is the perfect base to discover the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, including rare and endangered species. The Skykomish River is the site of spawning salmon each spring and fall. It flows west through the Valley and converges with the Snoqualmie River to make the Snohomish River which discharges its waters into the Puget Sound.