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Snohomish Feast with Friends on September 3

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The Snohomish Feast with Friends brings Washington wineries, farms and local top chefs together to celebrate Washington’s rich agricultural bounty, benefiting the important work of Futurewise.

Snohomish Feast with Friends
Thursday, September 3, 6:30-9:30 pm

At the home of Snohomish Mayor
Karen Guzak and Warner Blake
230 Avenue B, Snohomish, WA 98290

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$50 Individual Ticket
$100 Individual Host Sponsor
$250 Chef's Choice Sponsor (includes two tickets)

For questions or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristin Kelly, Futurewise Snohomish/Skagit County Program Director, by Email or call (425) 923-8625.

About Snohomish County

Snohomish County is home to some of the most productive forest and farmland, and diverse fish and wildlife habitat of anywhere in the United States. Snohomish County’s shorelines are among the most valuable and fragile of Washington’s natural resources. Native fish, birds, wildlife and the lake, estuarine, and riparian ecosystems that support them, depend on strong critical area and shoreline protections. 

Snohomish County is now home to over 700,000 residents and the prediction is that by the year 2025, this county will grow to 950,000 people. In fact, over the past decade, Snohomish County has grown by 30 percent, outstripping Washington’s overall population growth by almost 50 percent. Salmon habitat, farmland, and open space in our densely populated urban areas are being converted to housing developments and shopping malls at alarming rates. The effects of this growth is impacting our urban neighborhoods; the increase of large rural cluster developments are forever changing the rural landscape; and the pressure to build a new city of 15,000 people out in the pristine rural areas that lack adequate infrastructure is real. The increase in impervious surfaces from roads and rooftops has led to more run-off and pollution of our streams and rivers and lakes, and the loss of wildlife habitat still continues despite some good efforts. 

Rapid growth is a threat to the sustainability of our natural resources and rural lands, and will continue to greatly impact our wildlife and their habitats if Snohomish County’s planning process and regulations do not address protections of these areas adequately.  As pressures from the development community grows to expand urban growth areas, to allow for more development in our sensitive areas, to rezone open space, forest and farm land into homes, we must be there to educate citizens and help them be involved in the public process to ensure their quality of life.

If you would like to be more involved, please join our Livable Snohomish County Coalition to work on a proactive agenda for our future.  For more details, contact Kristin Kelly at kristin@futurewise.org.



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