Greenprint Projects

Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan


Aerial view of a residential area alongside a river surrounded by farm fields.
Washington state Aerial view of the Snoqualmie River in Washington. © Paul Joseph Brown

The Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan is a major visioning project for the Upper Wenatchee River community. The catalyst for this effort is the potential transition of about 38,000 acres of forested land recently sold by Longview Fibre to Weyerhaeuser. Much of the Weyerhaeuser land is adjacent to U.S. Forest Service lands and may be for sale again in the near future.

The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Chelan County, and Chelan County Land Trust, gathered input from the community to develop a shared vision to guide decisions about conservation, recreation and development lands. This effort is modeled after two similar highly successful landscape-level plans – the Wenatchee Foothills Community Strategy and the Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision.

Year Published:  2016

State:  Washington

Landscape Context:  Inland

Housing Density:  Suburban, Rural

Funding Type:  Both (Public and Private)

Habitat Focus:  Forest, Shrubland

Organizations Involved:

The Trust for Public Land, Chelan County, The Nature Conservancy, and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust


Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Working Land, Biodiversity, Employment

Stakeholder Involvement:

Stakeholders were fullt integrated throughout the process.

Planning Process:

A stakeholder group met several times over a year and a half.  There were also three community meetings and an online survey to gather broader public input.  Maps were created with the help of a Technical Advisory Team.  he project conveners honed in on a list of action step ideas and vetted it with community members by attending and discussing at civic meetings.

Desired Outcomes:

The Greenprint aims to support an economy supported by local jobs and businesses, vibrant recreation opportunities, thriving populations of fish and wildlife, and reduced threat of catastrophic wildfire.

Local leaders want to take a proactive approach to guiding the future land uses within the watershed given potential large-scale land sales.

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