June 11, 2001
Lloyds honored at reception hosted by Cascade Land Conservancy
A celebration on June 4 in Bothell honored the Lloyd family for their life-long stewardship of the family's homesteaded property which has now been put into permanent conservancy.
The $1.9 million purchase of 664 contiguous acres of farmland and wetlands in Paradise Valley was brought about through the efforts of the Snohomish County, King County and the Bear Creek Watertenders in conjunction with the Cascade Land Conservancy. Funding sources included Snohomish County Conservation Future, King County Conservation Future, the Tri-Counties Process and the State Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
For many years the Lloyds were encouraged to sell their property to private developers but resisted. Elizabeth, Jessie and Davy Lloyd were praised for their cooperation in their effort to keep this upper watershed area for Bear Creek as open space. Jessie Lloyd, who just turned 90, was instrumental and supportive of the arrangement, but unable to attend due to health concerns.
Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewell and King County Executive Ron Sims, as well as many elected county officials, county staff, and Bear Creek and Paradise Valley neighbors were on hand to celebrate.
"Not only is this property critically important to protecting salmon habitat in the Bear Creek basin, it also preserves a slice of Snohomish County rural life. We are extremely grateful to the Lloyd family and Cascade Land Conservancy for making this important preservation project a reality," said Drewell. "This is what can happen when good, caring people in government and good, caring people in the community work together. It is the business of the future. We hope that others will look at this model, try it and copy it."
"Thanks to the leadership and work on this project, magical and wonderful things can happen," said Ron Sims, who thanked the Lloyds for the "right decision."
The program featured Terry Lavender recounting the past when salmon could easily make their journey home. She held up a fish-counting stick and reminded the guests of the challenges for salmon today and the need for help from stewards for a safe journey back to the salmon spawing headwaters.
"We are trying to save rural farms and habitat," said Gene Duvernoy, Executive Director of the Cascade Land Conservancy.
The Lloyds and government officials were presented with a wood-cut placque designed by artist Mette Hanson. The wood cut features mussels, salmon and an otter in a depiction of the Lloyd family farmstead.
The Lloyds are direct descendants of the original Lloyd family that came from Wales as part of a coal mining community that travelled to Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s. When the group heard that there was coal in the Coal Creek area near Seattle they travelled west. They settled in Paradise Valley between Cottage Lake and Maltby. Homesteading the property, many of the group took up farming and logging.
The farm, made up of almost 800 acres, supported cattle, hay production and logging. The Lloyds recalled huge salmon runs coming up the headwaters of Bear Creek. They saw the bears that would come to feed.
The Lloyd purchase is part of a tri-county effort to protect Bear Creek, a major salmon spawning stream in the Puget Sound area, home to Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and other salmonids as well as fresh water mussels.
Other properties have been identified along Bear Creek by King County Open Space for conservation purposes. Properties purchased are now managed by King County Parks as natural resource areas.