Act now to save Picnic Point | Letter

Aug 13, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

Picnic Point forest, and with it, Picnic Point Creek and Puget Sound, is endangered.

A developer has plans for 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 Coho 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 stormwater runoff and fumigate odors of the Alderwood Waste Water 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 and/or email

The comment period ends Aug. 22. For more information, check the Picnic Point Preservation Committee’s Facebook page.

Joan Smith,

Picnic Point Preservation Committee,


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