Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance Advocating for resource lands of the beautiful Snoqualmie River Valley
The SVPA Mission and Purpose
Since forming in 2010, the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance has become a very effective force for forging productive relationships between community members, farmers, residents, and county and state officials. We have found creative solutions to shared challenges, and made significant headway on some key issues central to protecting the Valley, especially in the area of flooding, development impacts, and water rights. Learn more about what we do.
The SVPA is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of a Pacific Northwest regional treasure, the Snoqualmie Valley. The Snoqualmie Valley is comprised of over 440,000 acres of forests, farms, and small cities, all within an hours’ drive of Seattle and within King County. As the urban centers expand rapidly, the rural counterpoint, the environmental and economic viability of the Valley are put under great pressure.
Recently, the Valley’s agricultural zone has been greatly impacted by larger flooding events, incompatible land uses, and large scale restoration projects. The SVPA advocates for farms, farmers, and landowners because we believe that all of King County benefits from a viable local food source, sustainable small rural businesses and myriad recreation opportunities, just minutes from our urban centers.
The SVPA: A Voice for protecting the Snoqualmie Valley. Hear from farmers and landowners about how the SVPA works for them and the ongoing health of the region.
Marie Shimada, Executive Director
Marie Shimada joined the SVPA in 2021 as the organization’s executive director. Marie is a PNW native with key fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Marie serves on the board of directors for both Farms for Life and Growing Veterans. When not at work, you can find Marie outside with her four dogs.
“I am honored to lead the SVPA into its second decade of mission-driven work throughout the Snoqualmie Valley region.”
Lisa Kysar, Field Technician for Floodzilla Gage Network
Lisa Kysar joined the SVPA in 2019 as an intern and returned in 2020 to serve as a field technician for the the Floodzilla Gage Network project. She grew up in Wyoming before serving four years in the Air Force as an F-22 Avionics Technician, after which she attended school for environmental science.
“Growing up on a farm imbedded in the Wyoming wilderness instilled in me a deep appreciation for the environment and respect for the people who work so hard to provide good food for their community. My favorite part of working for the SVPA is learning from a great team of experienced scientists to better assist residents of the Snoqualmie Valley.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Patrick McGlothin, President – Goose and Gander Farm
- Jim Haack, Vice President – KT Cattle Company
- Janet Keller, Secretary – Keller Dairy
- Joe Haberzetle, Treasurer – Valley landowner
- Bob Anderson – Valley landowner
- Geary Eppley – Acacia Farm
- Jeff Groshell – Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course
- Wayne Gullstad – Cherry Creek Farm
- Mary Harenda – Environmental Consultant
- Steve Keller – Keller Dairy
- David Laird – Valley Landowner
- Dave Moore – Moore & More Ads & Branding
- Jason Roetcisoender – Green Acres Dairy