Greenprint Projects

Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision


Looking through the trees of an evergreen forest toward a bay.
Washington Dabob Bay viewed through the forest in Washington. © Keith Lazelle

This Greenprint is described as a Community Vision, meant to balance future growth with water, wildlife, and recreation within the watershed. The project resulted in a few specific recommendations for both the county's land use as well as the permanent protection of four threatened parcels. The plan stood as an alternative to the sale of 2,500 acres of the watershed to a resort developer.

Year Published:  2008

State:  Washington

Landscape Context:  Inland

Housing Density:  Rural

Funding Type:  Both (Public and Private)

Habitat Focus:  Forest, Shrubland

Organizations Involved:

The Trust for Public Land, The Stemilt Partnership, Chelan County.


Water Supply, Water Quality, Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Sustainability, Working Land, Biodiversity

Stakeholder Involvement:

Stakeholders were informed; community outreach consisted of a survey and a workshop, which reached under 100 residents.

Planning Process:

Three subcommittees of the Stemilt Partnership assisted in community outreach, determining goals, and technical assistance respectively. Four additional subcommittees each focused on one of the core goals of the project. TPL spearheaded the GIS analysis as well as the financial research, helping to ensure that funds were available to realize the goals set forth in the Greenprint. Similar to other greenprints, the workflow involved research of community values, community outreach, compilation of relevant spatial data, research of conservation funding sources, and creation of a framework for future planning within the watershed.

Desired Outcomes:

Protect and preserve water supply (domestic and agricultural), conserve critical habitat and wildlife corridors, enhance recreation and community access, and strategically place new development so as to minimize negative impacts on the community's goals.

What It Accomplished:

Approximately 6,500 acres were protected, and Chelan County leveraged/raised approximately $2.4M and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife leveraged $2M directly or indirectly in relation to this plan.