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About the “Boy Scout” Property

The North Creek Forest is 63.8 acres on the side of Maywood Hill in Bothell, Washington.  This second growth, mature forest has nine wetlands and seven streams connecting to North Creek, the Sammamish Slough, and the Puget Sound.  The importance of fresh water feeding these waterways is shown in the salmon habitat provided supporting the Sound’s Orca population.  There has been increased development allowed in this area because it is within the Urban Growth Boundary line set to control urban sprawl.  The life of North Creek and surrounding wetlands has received attention from various agencies, conservancy groups, and governances (SEE WIRA 8 plan #N371, name North Creek Reach 2 to protect boy scout property). per.


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The word is getting out about HOW, and we are not only gaining momentum, but also new friends and neighbours.  From professional analysis to published articles, support is growing, and many want to help!


History of Help Our Woods

Sandi was born in Saskatchewan, Canada on her grandfather’s farm.  Sandi was influenced early in life by the natural beauty of the land.  When she came to Seattle, Washington at age 20, she fell in love with the majestic rainforests


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A non-profit group of residents and businesses defending the natural refuge in the heart of Bothell, WA

Welcome to our web site!

We are a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to preserving a forest in Bothell, WA.  The size and completeness of the forest benefits the Puget Sound ecological system.  We are a dedicated group of volunteers attempting to improve water quality, air quality, and the overall quality of life along North Creek.  We are dedicated to this effort because increasingly our world is becoming impacted by over-development.  We believe it is necessary to act responsibly to preserve key ecosystems in urban and suburban areas to keep the circle of life intact for the benefit of all.

HOW began in the year 2000 when a developer showed interest in the 63.8 acres known locally as the Boy Scout Property.  Community members organized to educate and enlighten the surrounding community and government entities to the value of the hillside forest.  In 2001, HOW conducted a petition to halt master planning of a road that would essentially cut through the heart of valuable wildlife habitat within the 63.8 acres.  Over the following years, HOW advocated preserving the property in it’s entirety for the future.  In 2004 it was proposed to change the zoning code for two area forests.  HOW organized 300 people to attend a City Council meeting and protest the zoning change.  The zoning for the Boy Scout Property was not changed

GREAT NEWS ! ! !  HOW donations are now tax deductible!  After a long process, HOW has successfully received 501C3 status with the IRS.


Against all odds,  2 more grants were awarded to save the property - making a total of 3 $200,00 grants (that’s $600,000 total!) awarded so far to helping to ensure saving the forest!


The next City of Bothell meeting in regarding HOW and the Property TBD soon.


The next HOW neighbourhood meeting will be soon, please join our newsletter to be notified or check back at a later time.


We are currently seeking volunteers for a number of projects as well, please contact us.

Latest HOW news and articles

Students learning about the HOW forest.

HOW celebrated the 4th of July with a bang!  Thanks to your support, not only were we in the City of Bothell 4th of July parade, HOW even had our own float!

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