Client: Snohomish County
Case Study: Peak is providing facilitation and coordination services to support Snohomish County’s Land Conservation Initiative as a subcontractor to Forterra. Our team is leading internal (with Snohomish County) and external stakeholder and tribal engagement. A County Leadership Committee will be identified and stakeholders recruited for six interest-focused groups in addition to tribal engagement to identify the role they wish to play in the process. Peak will provide develop this inclusive engagement process, outline a communications plan, and facilitate all meetings. Peak is also designing and distributing a survey to collect initial input for the Land Conservation Strategy and leading a public open house to invite feedback on the draft strategy. Finally, our team is analyzing relevant documents and reports and will participate in goal formulation in the early stages of the project.
Impact: This guided process aims to acknowledge a sense of place where people and nature thrive together and everyone has a place at the table. Peak is building an engagement approach to address community needs, maximize inclusive engagement, and bring together input, science and data, and local context and insights. Equity is key to quality engagement where our team is a partner, seeking first to listen, understand, and build trust. Strategies such as this one provide a unified approach towards building a healthy environment that protects and enhances salmon and marine habitat, improves water quality, preserves natural resources and open space, and reduces the impacts of climate change.