Presentation Abstract

This project occurred at the tail end of a broader King County engagement effort in the Snoqualmie River Valley between farming, fish, and flood risk reduction interests that recognized large scale riparian restoration could have a broad effect on the amount of land being used for agriculture. King County worked with the US Forest Service, the King Conservation District and local farmers to develop an Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) model to transparently and quantitatively evaluate the value of 10 miles of the Snoqualmie River for riparian restoration and agricultural land value. This approach allowed the county to focus its easement acquisition efforts in areas with the highest riparian value. However, the agricultural component did not work as planned and a qualitative approach was used to define areas of low agricultural land value. The county is currently working to acquire a limited number of easements.

Session Title

Protecting Riparian Areas in Agricultural Landscapes: Reach-Scale Planning and Acquisition Projects from the NEP Watershed Lead Organization

Keywords

Riparian privitization

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-74

Start Date

4-4-2018 4:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 4:45 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Snoqualmie Valley agricultural production district riparian restoration and Ag partnership building: EMDS pilot project

This project occurred at the tail end of a broader King County engagement effort in the Snoqualmie River Valley between farming, fish, and flood risk reduction interests that recognized large scale riparian restoration could have a broad effect on the amount of land being used for agriculture. King County worked with the US Forest Service, the King Conservation District and local farmers to develop an Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) model to transparently and quantitatively evaluate the value of 10 miles of the Snoqualmie River for riparian restoration and agricultural land value. This approach allowed the county to focus its easement acquisition efforts in areas with the highest riparian value. However, the agricultural component did not work as planned and a qualitative approach was used to define areas of low agricultural land value. The county is currently working to acquire a limited number of easements.