The Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision
Track: Ecology and Conservation
Author(s): Matthew Stevenson, Kitty Craig

In early 2007, Chelan County established the Stemilt Partnership--a broad coalition of agriculture, wildlife, recreation, development, and conservation interests--in response to the proposed privatization of 2,500 acres of public land in the Stemilt basin owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Recognizing the critical role these lands play in providing water, habitat, and recreation to the growing local community, the Partnership, Chelan County and The Trust for Public Land worked with DNR to stop the sale and pursue an alternate approach: create a plan for the landscape based on the needs and wants of the community.

We used ArcGIS to integrate local knowledge and the best available scientific data to model critical areas for water storage, wildlife habitat, key recreation areas, agricultural lands, and potential development to create a conceptual plan for the watershed. The maps and analyses are included in the Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision report and website.

Matthew Stevenson
355 NW 47th Street
Seattle , Washington 98107
United States
Phone: 206-782-1734
Fax: 1-904-369-6498
E-mail: matt@coregis.net

Kitty Craig
Trust for Public Land
1011 Western Ave. Suite 605
Seattle , Washington 98104
United States
Phone: 206.274.2923
E-mail: Kitty.Craig@tpl.org