As a local farmer and small business owner, Tristan Klesick’s livelihood is tied to the rich “resource lands” of Snohomish County – the farms, forests, natural habitat, open space, and parks that make this a beautiful place to live and work. He is not alone.
It is not uncommon here for lives to be lived close to these productive lands. But Snohomish County is changing. An estimated 4000 people move here every month. The watershed is in the midst of shifting from a snow-dominant watershed to more rain-dominant system. The changing climate and growing population puts unprecedented demands on these critical resource lands.
“We used to have 30 fishermen.
Now we have 3.”
-Shawn Yanity, Tribal Chairman, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
The Sustainable Lands Strategy (SLS) is a great example of a program that brings communities together to build solutions where everyone has something to gain.
“We all come to the table with different needs but a common agenda: the long-term stewardship of these lands, and our future.”
-Tristan Klesick, Klesick Farms
Years of relationship building through the SLS forum, combined with funding from Floodplains by Design have created tremendous momentum in the Stilly-Snohomish watersheds. And the progress shows no signs of slowing. A remarkably diverse group of 75 people — people who once opposed each other — recently sat down together to celebrate their accomplishments with a Farm-to-Table dinner.