2-2019 Update

Dear Skykomish Valley Residents,

Sunset in Sky Valley, 2-2019

Sunset in the Skykomish River Valley, 2-2019. Photo courtesy of SVENA.

Tourism and recreation industry improves quality of life and health of people. It also brings benefit to local and national economy.

WA State Economic Report, Outdoor Industry Association 7-2017

OUTDOOR RECREATION IS #4 MOST POWERFUL SECTOR IN OUR NATION BY ANNUAL CONSUMER SPENDING OF $887 BILLION, AND FOLLOWS FINANCIAL SERVICES / INSURANCE, OUTPATIENT CARE, AND HOSPITAL CARE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.

IN 2016, WASHINGTON STATE OUTDOOR RECREATION GENERATED:

  • $26 BILLION IN CONSUMER SPENDING,
  • 201,000 DIRECT JOBS — THAT IS HIGHER THAN THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY,
  • $7.6 BILLION IN DIRECT WAGES AND SALARIES, AND
  • $2.3 BILLION IN STATE AND LOCAL REVENUE.
    Haystack Mtn at Gold Bar, Feb 23, 3 03 48 PM

    Tourism and recreation industry relies heavily on quality of landscape and infrastructure. Clearcut and sprayed Haystack Mountain near Gold Bar, Skykomish River Valley 2-2019. Photo courtesy of SVENA.

IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY, TOURISM AND RECREATION INDUSTRY IS THE THIRD LARGEST INDUSTRY. IN 2014 THIS COUNTY RANKED #4 FOR VISITOR SPENDING OUT OF 39 COUNTIES IN WASHINGTON STATE, GENERATING NEARLY $1 BILLION AND OVER 10,000 JOBS.

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 and infrastructure in order to be able to compete for top dollars locally and nationally.

Sustainable tourism and healthy ecosystem WOULD BE special magnets to the guests which 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.


Global Ob-Gyn Group Urges Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, 10-2015

“UW Study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk of cancer”, UW News 2-13-2019

Helicopter 3

Photo courtesy of Washington State DNR

PLEASE SHARE: We encourage you to send a request to DNR Northwest Region for them to end toxic pesticide spraying on public forestlands in the watershed and the highly-active tourism/recreation zone of the Skykomish River Valley. DNR Northwest Region should instead use manual or mechanical control of unwanted vegetation on those public forestlands. Please write a short message to northwest.region@dnr.wa.gov or quickly fill the contact form below. Your message will go directly to DNR Northwest Region. More information: WA State DNR NW: end toxic spraying is Sky Valley!

You are welcome to write your own message or copy and paste this prompt in the contact form:

I respectfully request that DNR Northwest Region ends toxic pesticide spraying on public forestlands in the watershed and the highly-active tourism/recreation zone of the Skykomish River Valley and that DNR Northwest Region uses instead manual or mechanical control of unwanted vegetation on those public forestlands.

Sincerely,

SVENA Team

svena.org