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					 Rock Creek Valley
   Conservation
 Plan & Priorities

Prepared by Friends of Rock Creek Valley with the assistance of the
National Park Service, as part of a grant from National Park Service
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.




   May 27th, 2003                   FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
                   Overview
• Rock Creek Valley description
• FRCV goals and accomplishments
• Conservation plan
   –   Define Objectives
   –   Identify protected areas, parcels at risk
   –   Analyze Natural Resources
   –   Set Conservation Priorities
   –   Implement Plan
• Next Steps
• Questions and Answers…

  May 27th, 2003               FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
   The Rock Creek Valley




“The highest quality remaining
tributary in the lower Cedar River
and greater King County area”
            - Gino Lucchetti King Co Biologist


May 27th, 2003           FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
  The Rock Creek Valley
                      Rock Creek: from
                      Lake 12 to Cedar River

                      FRCV approx. area:
                      • Cedar River to north
                      • Green River to south
                      • SR 169 to west
                      • Cedar River Watershed
                             to east

                      32 square miles


May 27th, 2003   FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
Friends of Rock Creek Valley Goals
  Water quality, quantity and habitat
  Spawning and rearing habitat
  Diverse wildlife habitat
  Natural resource education
  Recreational opportunities
  Monitoring, maintenance and operation of
   publicly-owned lands
  Promote revenue-generating activities on
   publicly-owned lands


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FRCV Accomplishments
Acquisition Assistance
   • Ravensdale Retreat, Sugarloaf West, Crow Marsh
     East and Central, Lower Rock Creek, Cemetery
     Reach, Gracie Hansen Woods, Kanaskat Reach
Restorations
   • Rock Creek 4.6 mile riparian area, Cemetery
     Reach, 31-Man Creek
Other Accomplishments
   • Plant and wildlife surveys, regional trail
     planning, equestrian center, trail mapping (100+
     miles!), community and governmental liaison.


  May 27th, 2003            FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
      Rock Creek Valley
      Conservation Plan
A guide to help the community achieve its
  Vision for the Rock Creek Valley

   • Prioritize FRCV efforts
   • Educate community on conservation needs
   • Provide input for County consideration


Not binding in any way
   – Based solely on voluntary cooperation


 May 27th, 2003          FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
Conservation Plan Audience

      • Governmental agencies
      • Developers and real estate agents
      • Local residents and land owners




May 27th, 2003          FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
                 Protected Areas
                     • Rock Creek Natural Area
  Approx.            • Danville-Georgetown
                       Open Space
4,600 acres
                     • Kent Watershed
 (22%) in            • Henry‟s Ridge Open Space
“protected           • Sugarloaf Mountain
  status”            • King County Sports Park
                     • Ravensdale-Retreat
                     • Crow Marsh
                     • Hanging Gardens

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         Conservation Risks
     Valley today is still 72% forested

          Approximately 2,600 acres of land are at a
           very high risk of development
                 • 13% of total valley area

          Another 2,300 acres at medium-to-high risk
                 • 11% of total valley area




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Resource Elements of Vision
  •   Urban-Rural Buffer
  •   Aquatic and Riparian Resources
  •   High Groundwater Contamination Risk
  •   Wildlife and Birds
  •   Forest Resources
  •   Recreation and Trails
  •   Viewsheds and Aesthetics

  (From the Rock Creek Valley Vision,
  adopted April, 2001)

 May 27th, 2003          FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
Resource Element Analysis
Plan contains these
  sections for each
 resource element.
                       Urban-Rural Buffer
Goals                 Establish „no development buffer‟
                      between urban and rural areas
Current Conditions    Approx. 2/3 in place already


Key Assumptions       Minimum ½ mile wide


Target Conditions     No new development within buffer
                      Passive Recreation
                      Forest Management

Strategy              Parcel-specific strategy for protecting
                      missing segments

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             Aquatic and Riparian

 Goals
        Maintain water quality (surface &
         sub-surface)
        Retain riparian habitat

 Strategies
          Monitoring
          Ensure regulation enforcement
          Restoration of natural vegetation
          Education


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 Areas at High Risk from
 Groundwater Contamination

    Strategies
           Retain forest cover
           Minimize development
           Education & homeowner outreach




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             Wildlife and Birds
 Goals
       • Maintain primary blocks of habitat
       • Provide effective connectivity
       • Promote landowner actions that benefit
         diversity and balance
 Target Conditions
       •   1/4 Mile wide connecting corridors
       •   Retain in forest
       •   Passive recreation
       •   Commercial forest management

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           Wildlife and Birds
  Strategy
        • Focus on preserving forests and riparian areas
        • Largest threat: change of ownership leading
          to development
                 • Work with landowners
                 • Encourage commercial forest management
                 • TDR, Conservation Easements
        • Linked via Wildlife Corridors
                 • Connectivity between Rock Creek Blocks and
                   Watersheds.



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                 Forest Resources
     Goal
           • Preserve at least 65% forest cover in the
             Valley
     Key Assumptions
           • Healthy forests promote healthy populations
             of fish, amphibians, bird and wildlife as well
             as water quality
           • Diversification of forests is desirable.




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                 Forest Resources
     Strategies
          • Support efforts to retain lands in the FPD
          • Promote and encourage continued
            commercial forestry
          • Promote development of voluntary forest
            management plans for private landowners.




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        Recreation and Trails
  Goals
        • Sustain outdoor recreational opportunities.
        • Complete the Regional Trail system link
          through the Rock Creek Valley
  Strategies
        • Concentrate active recreational development
          around Ravensdale Park complex
        • Phased implementation of Equestrian Center
        • Encourage industrial landowners to continue
          policy of free public use of their lands.

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   Viewsheds and Aesthetics
Goal
     • Preserve the valley‟s “rural forested character”

Key Assumptions
     • Screening development will promote perception
       of rural forested locale
     • Forest/agricultural views give desired
       perspective
     • Visibility of active forestry operations is
       compatible with goal


May 27th, 2003              FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
  Conservation Priorities –
       The Process
• Set priorities for various conservation goals
• Identify parcels that contribute most to overall
  conservation goals
• Factor in risk considerations
• Summarize priorities
• Formulate plans to achieve the goals



 May 27th, 2003         FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status
                   Next Steps
• Complete draft Conservation Plan & Priorities
• Present plan and seek input at community
  meetings and organizational presentations
• Incorporate feedback into the Plan
• Present to County as community‟s goals

    FRCV invites review and feedback
      from the Cedar River Council

  May 27th, 2003        FRCV Conservation Plan Summary and Status