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The SVPA Mission and Purpose

Our mission is to protect and enhance the lives, livelihoods, lands,

and waters of the beautiful, Snoqualmie River Valley.


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.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, we commit to fostering and maintaining a culture of openness, belonging, and inclusivity, where everyone’s voice is heard and made part of decision-making. We recognize the existence and impact of systemic racism, socioeconomic disparities, inequitable access to resources, marginalization, and biases have deeply affected vulnerable communities and understand that these impacts extend well beyond the scale of our work. It is our intention to actively listen, engage, and learn from those most impacted in order to cultivate a deeper understanding as we pursue our mission. As an organization, we are continuously building upon our framework of mindful practices to foster an earnest and deep effort to understand and welcome people with different skills, backgrounds, stories, needs, and lived experiences. The work of SVPA is more powerful when we embrace, represent, and respect these differences and aids the reconstruction of more equitable, fair, and just systems.

Land Acknowledgment 

The SVPA gratefully acknowledges that we live, work, and recreate on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, the original stewards of this land from time immemorial. We are committed to listening and learning from Indigenous peoples and honoring them through meaningful, accountable relationships and informed actions.