7-2019 Update

Dear Skykomish Valley Residents,

New aerial spray FPAs ## 2817035, 2817036, 2817037 by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) are for the Sultan-Gold Bar area. Some of the ingredients include Glyphosate and Imazapyr. Please direct your questions, requests and comments to SPI dsand@spi-ind.com and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) northwest.region@dnr.wa.gov

Helicopter 3

Photo courtesy of WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

New aerial spray FPA 2816934 by Weyerhaeuser was approved by DNR. Gold Bar area. Some of toxic chemicals include Clopyralid, Hexazinone, Sulfometuron methyl. Please direct your questions, requests and comments to Weyerhaeuser emily.conklin@weyerhaeuser.com

and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) northwest.region@dnr.wa.gov.

FPA (Forest Practice Application) for aerial pesticide spraying is valid for 3 years. Spraying can take place any time during those 3 years from the date of approval and may occur multiple times. Ground applications do not require permits or notification.

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

Our valley has a big potential for wildfire in the dry season. With an informed and alert community, we can reduce this potential to a minimum.

Fire and fire fighters 2018, courtesy DNR

Photo courtesy of DNR

911 is the best number to report a wildfire.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the biggest fire department in our state. Its website has a lot of useful information for wildfire.

DNR Wildfire Resources
DNR Prepare for Wildfire

Reiter Foothills is 10,000 acres of Snohomish County land, tree plantations and sprayed clearcuts that are managed by DNR (WA State Department of Natural Resources). Reiter is adjacent to Wallace Falls State Park, one of the busiest parks in WA State with over annual 225,000 visitors.

Over the last several years, DNR has created an ATV park in the zone designated for motorized recreation. It is time for DNR to focus also on the development of trails in the non-motorized area and safe parking lots along Reiter Road.


Skykomish River Valley with Reiter Foothills on the left.

If designed thoughtfully and comprehensively, Reiter Foothills can become a large-scale national and international attraction and destination for recreation of several different user groups, such as hikers, bikers, equestrians and ATV riders. It can also have high-quality of landscape and user experience that are very important for the tourism and recreation industry. This all in turn can have a big ECONOMIC POTENTIAL for rural communities of Gold Bar, Sultan, as well as for the Skykomish River Valley and the whole Snohomish County.

Please send a message of support for the future non-motorized trail system on the county land to:

Randy Kline, Director NW Region for State Parks randy.kline@parks.wa.gov,
Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive dave.somers@snoco.org,
Sam Low, County Council Representative, District 5 sam.low@snoco.org,
Snohomish County Council contact.council@snoco.org,
Hilary Franz, WA State Commissioner or Public Lands hilary.franz@dnr.wa.gov.

Full list of email addresses:

randy.kline@parks.wa.gov, dave.somers@snoco.org, sam.low@snoco.org, contact.council@snoco.org, hilary.franz@dnr.wa.gov

More information: Reiter Foothills, Clearcut Logging, Chemical Spraying.

Warm regards,

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