10-2017 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,

SVENA stands for Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance. 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. You can find more information at our website svena.org.

SVENA does not affiliate with any political party but supports candidates who have Election Votesimilar goals and vision.


Contents:

  1. General election ends November 7, More info;
  2. SVENA’s endorsement of Kristin Kelly for a position of the Snohomish County Council member, District 5. “Q & A with candidates running for Snohomish County Council”, article by HeraldNet 10-20-2017,  More info ;
  3. IMPORTANT DATES FOR SKY VALLEY: November 2 – open public meeting with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) (aerial pesticide spraying), November 15 – planning with the State Parks for Wallace Falls State Park;
  4. Update for Change.org petition against aerial toxic pesticide spraying in Sky Valley: over 500 signatures and support of two big local organizations. Response from Weyerhaeuser for SVENA’s Change.org petition, More info;
  5. Fun reads:

“DNR promises to build bridges – and ends up buying three”, article by HeraldNet 10-27-2017

> “MEPs (Members of European Parliament) vote to ban Glyphosate in European Union in 2022”, Sustainable Pulse 10-24-2017

6. The latest FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) for Skykomish River Valley.


1. General election deadline is November 7.

Information for Elections and Voter Registration

Local Voters’ Pamphlet (Snohomish County races and measures)

State Voters’ Pamphlet (State advisory measures)  


2. SVENA is endorsing Kristin Kelly for a position of the Snohomish County Council Kristin Photo 2015--finalmember, District 5. She is highly qualified to be our representative at the Snohomish County Council. This position is VERY important for the Skykomish River Valley, and our economy, environment, traffic, infrastructure and many other urgent problems. You can learn more about Kristin at her campaign’s website and Facebook page. Contact info: kkellyforcouncil@gmail.com or (360) 962-6157.

Please cast your vote for Kristin and support safer, cleaner and healthier Sky Valley with a vibrant, more sustainable economy!

“Q & A with candidates running for Snohomish County Council”, article by HeraldNet 10-20-2017

We are asking that you have and show respect for both candidates, their campaigns and signs.


3. IMPORTANT DATES FOR SKY VALLEY:

> November 2, 6:30 pm “Changing the Game with Community Rights” with Kai Huschke,  Director Northwest Region of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) . This meeting is arranged to consider the Valley’s options for stopping toxic aerial spraying.

Location: Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036WFSP rainbow

> November 15, 5:30 pm “ Long term planning for Wallace Falls State Park with State Parks and Recreation Commission”. PDF

Location: Sultan City Hall Community Room, 319 Main Street Sultan, WA 98294


  1. Change.org petition against aerial toxic pesticide spraying in Sky Valley has over 500 signatures and support from two big local organizations: Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) on behalf of 14,000 members, and Pilchuck Audubon Society (PAS) on behalf of 1,400 members. Please sign and share. We received an official response from Weyerhaeuser. Aerial pesticide sprays by timber corporations on 1200 acres of tree farms in SkySpraying page Valley are complete for fall 2017. More info

5. “DNR promises to build bridges – and ends up buying three”, article by HeraldNet 10-27-2017

DNR auctioned Singletary Timber Sale (that is next to the very popular and overcrowded Wallace Falls State Park) after a lawsuit against DNR was filed by three local nonprofits including SVENA because DNR broke a Washington State law. Sierra Pacific Industries bought Singletary with a lawsuit and readied three bridges for installation before the judge’s final decision. After Singletary was voided,  DNR reimbursed the logging company and its officials look for a new plan.

“MEPs (Members of European Parliament) vote to ban Glyphosate in European Union in 2022”, Sustainable Pulse 10-24-2017


  1. It takes only a couple of minutes to check the latest FPAs for Sky Valley (Forest Petition PhotoPractice Applications) and more info for FPAs. We encourage that you look out for your neighborhood and watershed in terms of logging, toxic chemical spraying and trash that can affect your health and safety as well as those of your family. The value of your property and business depend on your vigilance. More info is in three simple steps for becoming an FPA reviewer.

If you are concerned, you can also call the timber companies, government agencies and elected officials, ask questions and express your worries. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, contact TV and radio, tell your neighbors and community about the proposed spray, disperse information on social media etc – please be proactive and creative, but also respectful and non-violent. Call timber and ask to be notified between 3 days to 2 weeks in advance about future dates of spraying. Not many people know that toxic aerial spraying happens in Sky Valley but would be concerned, if they knew. Most importantly, keep yourself and your family safe. Contact info, What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying, More info.


SVENA is working to bring a substantial value and benefit to the Skykomish Valley. Pumpkin fall art
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SVENA website, become a sponsor or a member, join our Facebook Group, or simply click on a “Like” button at our Facebook page. Please spread the word, share this page with your family, friends and neighbors, let us know if you have questions / economic, public health or environmental concerns / interesting facts or photos, if you would like to add someone to the mailing list or to opt out of receiving SVENA updates.

Warm regards,

Inessa Pearce
President
SVENA (Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance)
svena.org

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