Picnic Point forest, and with it, Picnic Point Creek and Puget Sound, is endangered! A developer plans 112 homes, now called Frognal Estates, aka Horseman’s Trails, upon these steep slopes and this treacherous slide zone. This conifer forest guards Picnic Point Creek, where endangered chinook salmon and threatened silver salmon spawn. It harbors an amazing array of wildlife, much of which is vulnerable as habitat continues to disappear. The large trees trap and salvage ever increasing storm-water runoff and fumigate odors of the Alderwood Wastewater Treatment plant.
The developer has attempted to address numerous environmental issues. However, this blueprint for dense housing ignores the irreversible damage done to a natural zone as sensitive as this. Air and water quality, moderate temperatures, slope stability, the health of Puget Sound, Picnic Point Creek, and the forest wildlife — valuable county treasures are placed at risk. The community challenges, too, would be substantial — heavy traffic, overcrowded schools and pedestrian safety, especially for children.
How can you help? Write Paul MacCready, Project Manager, Snohomish County PDS, 3000 Rockefeller, Admin. Bldg. East, 2nd Floor, Everett, WA 98201. For more information, check the Picnic Point Preservation Committee’s Facebook page.
Picnic Point Preservation Committee