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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.
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!
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
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
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!