Here in south-central Snohomish County, we have a wetland that is the headwaters of Bear Creek. It is a Category 1 wetland called Hooven Bog. This 30-acre sphagnum peat bog and associated lake is surrounded to the south by a mature forested buffer. This wetland is very rare and valuable for not only water quality, but for containing many rare species and plant communities. The intact forested buffer is almost unheard of in our urban corridor. It is one of only 10 wetlands recorded that is home to a bladderwort species that is listed as rare and protected in Washington. If there was any wetland that should be protected under the Growth Management Act in Snohomish County, this is it!
However, as a result of Snohomish County Planning Department’s confusion between old and new regulations, it is possible that a grading permit could be issued very soon that would allow grading and logging to go forward in the bog’s buffer, even though there is a court action pending that could stop the degradation of this land. This issue was before the County’s Hearing Examiner who ruled the permit should be denied. That decision was appealed by the developer to Superior Court, which is still pending a final order.
This is a rare and important wetland that is irreplaceable. We implore citizens all over Western Washington to contact us. We need your support to get Snohomish County to protect our most significant wetlands and preserve this precious habitat from logging, which will degrade the bog, likely beyond its ability to remain a bog.
For more info on what you can do:
President, Sno-King Watershed Council
Member of Pilchuck Audubon
and Sno-King Watershed Council