One action SVPA takes to achieve this goal is participating as a member of the in the King County Fish-Farm-Flood (FFF) Advisory Committee. After a productive three-year process, this diverse 14-member group agreed in 2017 to a series of actions to benefit endangered species, protect agricultural soils, and reduce flood impacts. The FFF committee is now engaged in holding each other and King County accountable for honoring the commitments made in 2017.
The SVPA staff serves on the Buffer Task Force to shape policy around riparian buffers. Riparian buffers are valuable because they enhance habitat, but sometimes they are implemented without regard to how farms are impacted over time. When too generous, they take valuable agricultural land out of production permanently, and can make operations more difficult. This task force brings together scientists, farmers, and conservation planners to develop science-based cost benefit analyses to ensure policies promote the biggest lift to habitat with the least impact to agriculture. The SVPA is very fortunate to have Program Manager Erin Ericson: she has a deep conservation background combined with an established history of working closely with farmers to help them solve problems. With your contributions, Erin is able to provide consistent and meaningful advocacy throughout this multi-year process. If you’d like to learn more about the details about buffers and farms, please email email@example.com.
“Farmers need advocates. There are a lot of decisions that get made at the watershed level that affect their farms, but farmers don’t have time to sit at those policy tables. SVPA is that advocate for us.” – Hannah Cavendish Palmer