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.
Lauren Silver, Executive Director
Lisa Kysar, Floodzilla Gage Network Program Manager
Lisa Kysar joined the SVPA in 2019 as an intern and returned in 2020 to serve as a field scientist 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.”
Regina Fletcher, Floodzilla Gage Network Field Technician
Regina Fletcher grew up in Western Washington and has a background in GIS mapping. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. She spent several years working as a Geo Visual Data Specialist for Google, including projects involving updating routing and other vital user data during natural disasters. She was inspired by these projects to continue her education and completed her M.A. in Biology through Miami University’s Project Dragonfly AIP program, which partners with Woodland Park Zoo as a learning facility for class courses. Her educational work included studying community-based environmental solutions and emerging technologies in conservation. She also focused on stream habitat in the Pacific Northwest, and volunteers in her community with local advocacy groups for water quality monitoring of urban streams and wildlife monitoring with camera traps.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Wayne Gullstad, President – Cherry Creek Farm
- Janet Keller, Secretary – Keller Dairy
- Joe Haberzetle, Treasurer – Valley landowner
- Patrick McGlothin – Goose and Gander Farm
- Cynthia Krass – Natural Resource Planning & Farmland Advocate
- Bob Anderson – Valley landowner
- Geary Eppley – Acacia Farm
- Jeff Groshell – Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course
- Jim Shannon – Natural Resources Consultant
- Rick VanderKnyff – Digital Editor & Farming Advocate