8-2017 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,

We hope you will have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend 🙂

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 labor dayeconomically sustainable place to live, work and visit. You can find more information at our website

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


  1. Summary for Singletary Timber Sale and litigation;
  2. The latest numbers for our change.org petitionUse alternative methods, NOT toxic aerial spray on industrial tree farms in Sky Valley, WA” addressed to Weyerhaeuser, Campbell Global, Sierra Pacific, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Board of Natural Resources (BNR), Hilary Franz (Commissioner of Public Lands), Forest Practices Board (FPB) of DNR;
  3. FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) for toxic aerial pesticide spraying in Sky Valley and in the Granite Falls area;
  4. Information resources for toxic sprays;
  5. Lake Serene Trail, clearcut logging and a fundraiser to save the trail from obliteration;
  6. The latest FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) for Sky Valley.

  1. “Judge halts timber sale near Wallace Falls State Park”, article in Heraldnet.com 8-18-2017

    The news media including the Monroe Monitor keep reporting that the Sultan WFSP view downSchool District will get about $500,000 from Singletary Timber Sale.  The actual net amount that the school district will get is less than $30,000. The news media does a great disservice to the Sultan School District by overstating the money that the SSD will get.  This will discourage voters from passing future bond issues since the SSD will have a reputation that it is so rich with timber money.

Singletary Timber Sale $$$

  1. Please sign our change.org petitionUse alternative methods, NOT toxic aerial spray on industrial tree farms in Sky Valley, WA” against massive toxic aerial spraying on industrial tree farms in Sky Valley and share it with your family, friends, neighbors and on social media.

We currently have over 200 signatures by local residents and are aiming at 500 by toxic-chemical signOctober 1. This petition is one way we are working to halt annual toxic rains over Sky Valley.

Two local organizations signed the petition: Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) on behalf of 14,000 members, and Pilchuck Audubon Society (PAS) on behalf of 1,400 members.

  1. Fall 2017:

A total of 1200 ac of toxic aerial pesticide spraying is coming to the Sky Valley by Sierra Pacific in the Gold Bar, Sultan and Monroe areas, and by Weyerhaeuser in the Gold Bar/Proctor Creek area. 907 ac of aerial spraying are planned by Weyerhaeuser in the Granite Falls area.

List of Forest Practice Applications (FPAs):

2815918  (Gold Bar/Proctor Creek area), 2815916 (Granite Falls area, 907 ac) by Weyerhaeuser; 2815962 , 2815963 (Gold Bar area); 28159642815965, 28159862815987 (Sultan area), 2815966 (Monroe area) by Sierra Pacific.

Active ingredients include 2,4-D, Glyphosate, Imazapyr, Triclopyr and more. 2,4-D was Spraying pagehalf of the “Agent Orange” defoliant that was used in the Vietnam War. These toxic chemicals are linked to  causing different types of cancer, reproductive problems, eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation and much more. These toxics can drift in air and water potentially contaminating surface and groundwater including public and private water sources.

SVENA comments for spray FPAs, fall 2017

Chapter 35.88 RCW “Water Pollution—Protection From”

RCW 70.54.010 “Polluting Water Supply – Penalty”

In extreme situation of aerial spraying in your area, you can request observers from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health. Information for Authorities

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

  1. Information resources:

Chemical spraying page at svena.org

Pesticide Properties Database, University of Hertfordshire, UK RO filter


Information for Authorities

Timberland Herbicide Spraying Sickens a Community, article in High Country News 10-4-2014

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  1.  Lake Serene Trail: A section of the popular and busy Lake Serene Trail is privately owned. The property is scheduled to be logged later this year, impacting the integrity of one of the region’s most highly used and best loved trails. Forterra (a Seattle based Lake Serene trail mapnonprofit) has stepped in to lead the effort to save this beloved trail and land. Forterra is working to raise funds to purchase the entire 190-acre property. More information about the trail and the fund raiser. Please donate to save the trail from logging!

New FPA 2816021 “Lake Serene” by Weyerhaeuser: 57 ac logging, 9700 ft road construction, comments are due by 9-12-2017 to northwest.region@dnr.wa.gov.

  1. It takes only a couple of minutes to check the latest FPAs for Sky Valley (Forest Practice 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, 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. Not many people know that toxic aerial spraying happens in Sky Valley but would be concerned, if they knew. Most gold bar photoimportantly, keep yourself and your family safe.

SVENA is working to bring a substantial value and benefit to the Skykomish Valley. Please support our efforts and visit SVENA website, become a sponsor or a member, join our Facebook Group, or simply click on a “Like” button on 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
SVENA (Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance)