At PCC Farmland Trust, we believe that healthy farms make healthy communities. Well-managed farmland promotes soil health, water conservation, habitat protection, and climate resiliency. It produces healthy food, keeps rural economies thriving, and connects us to the natural world. This couldn’t be more true in the Stillaguamish Valley.
Nested along the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, “the Stilly,” as it is known by local residents, is dotted with farms that have been in the same families for generations. The area is ripe with recreation opportunities, and the river serves as an important return for threatened Chinook Salmon populations. Needless to say, the valley is a prized landscape not just for farmers, but also Tribal leaders and all those who enjoy its natural offerings.
But like so many other farming communities across our region, it is threatened. With ever-growing development pressures creeping in from Snohomish County, to the continued fragmentation of local farm businesses, community members are concerned about the future of this special place. Most troubling of all, climate impacts such as flooding and sea-level rise continue to worsen, degrading soil, threatening salmon, and putting communities at risk.