Our mission at the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association (SVFSA) is to preserve the Shelton View Forest for current and future generations.
SVFSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Photo by: Maurice Labrecque
How We Started
In the fall of 2015, real estate investment firm MC Coast LLC approached the City of Bothell with a rezone plan for their 16.53 acres of the Shelton View Forest (labeled #4 on the aerial map). MC Coast wanted the City to approve a change in zoning that would allow increased housing density on their parcel of the Forest. According to the company's website, the original plan was to create an "exclusive 40 home gated community" with "upscale homes" and views of Seattle. The change in zoning could have allowed for even more homes.
The Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association opposed the rezone, citing concerns of overdevelopment and loss of open space in Bothell. The Planning Commission ultimately advised against the rezone and recommended the Shelton View Forest be considered for preservation as park space in the City of Bothell.
Engaging the Community
The Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association wants to ensure that Bothell residents are informed about development plans that will indefinitely affect community access to natural forested spaces. Everyone's voice is important in advocating for the protection of our forests; places that once destroyed, can never return. We invite you to help us in our mission to preserve the Shelton View Forest for current and future generations.
We offer guided tours, volunteer work parties, and other community events to connect with our supporters. Keep in touch with us by joining our email list, following us on Facebook, and visiting our website frequently for updates.
Advocating for Park Space
We hope to establish the Shelton View Forest as a space where the community can gather, learn, and explore in a unique natural environment. Bothell's forested spaces are disappearing rapidly, and with them, the potential for parks that benefit the entire community. We at the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association strive to make our voices heard before reckless overdevelopment and inadequate planning destroy these vital natural spaces and the opportunities for outdoor recreation and education that they provide.
You do not have to be particularly outdoorsy to appreciate the value of forests like this. The future of our forests is linked to the health of our streams and lakes, the quality of our air, and the prosperity of generations to come. Please join us in advocating for park space in Bothell.