TrailLink.com is a great resource for trailmaps. We used their tool for our website. They are run by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Bothell is an environmentally conscious community. There are other groups doing great work to save precious land for the public. They are our friends. They are our inspiration. Click on their names below to learn more.
Over four miles of trails grace the ridges and ravines of Shelton View Forest, ten minutes from downtown and adjacent to Shelton View Elementary School. Several developers have already contacted Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inquiring about the parcel owned by DNR, and the steep part of the woods is privately owned by Coast Equity Partners, a development group, a driving force behind requesting upzoning the whole area. If you object to upzoning of the adjacent parcels and are in favor of preserving the DNR forested land for public use, please help them.
In the neighborhood of Westhill, on the hillside between Bothell High and the Wayne Golf Course’s front nine, there is a stretch of old-growth forest boasting ancient red cedar, oak, sword fern, and other local, wild flora and fauna. Its meandering trails host families, solitary hikers, dog-walkers, and visitors. Plans to develop this forest into a subdivision are underway, which will result in the destruction of this special place. Members of the local community have organized an effort to try to save it, and would like your help.
An inspiration to us all. Friends of North Creek have secured funding for this 64 acre mature forest. You can maintain and improve the ecological function by making a contribution today. Together we can insure all vested interests are winners—the City of Bothell, landowners, conservation interests, educators and the community—as well continue providing forest education and outreach by: educating hundreds of school children, engaging the community of 500 volunteers contributing 4,000 hours each year, restoring forest edges and maintaining the quality interior habitat, and providing opportunities for college students working towards careers in environmental science, education and policy.