Earth Day 2015 finds us a day shy of a year since a unanimous Snohomish County Council agreed to purchase and thereby preserve a 25-acre slice of nature between Woodinville and Maltby called Hooven Bog.
It made this a fitting day to honor two people who led a grass-roots effort to protect a rare example of bog and fen wetland that has become increasingly rare in western Washington.
Ecology's regional wetlands chief Paul Anderson (left)
nominated Mark Ericks and Randy Whalen for the
Environmental Excellence Award.
“Randy and Mark are directly responsible for protecting Hooven Bog,” said Baldi. “We applaud their success in preserving a place where people can see its plant and animal life, and the way it supplies cool, clean water. People like Randy and Mark give us hope that we not only can protect special places like Hooven Bog, but also that we can restore the health of Puget Sound."
|Hooven Bog supports unique
plants such as this sphagnum
moss. (Photo courtesy of Bear
His efforts caught the attention of Deputy County Executive Mark Ericks. Ericks lost little time in assembling a funding package for the county to acquire and preserve the majority of Hooven Bog and adjoining forested lands to the south and west. The Snohomish County Council approved the plan on April 23, 2014. The county finalized the purchase that July. The property will be managed by Snohomish County Parks and Recreation as a natural area.
Bogs and fens
Part of Bear Creek’s headwaters emerge from the
bog and its surrounding forest. (Photo courtesy of
Bear Creek Headwaters)
High praise for superior effortsNominations for Environmental Excellence awards originate from Ecology staff, allowing them to recognize superior achievements that come to their attention. Northwest Regional Office wetland unit supervisor Paul Anderson garnered some outside testimonial support for his nomination of Whalen and Ericks:
Our honorees led efforts to preserve this rare
bog environment as a publically owned natural area.
(Photo courtesy of Bear Creek Headwaters)
“The bog is a critical piece of a much larger ecological system, and its health in turn supports the health of our regional water systems, plants and animals, and fish and aquatic species,” said County Executive Lovick. “Thanks to the dedication of Mr. Ericks and our community stakeholders, this site will remain in conservation so that future generations can enjoy its quiet and natural beauty.”
See more photos of Hooven Bog and the award recipients.