Two Sisters Return
In 1999, Snoqualmie Ridge was expanding and would have encompassed everything up to the lip of Snoqualmie Falls. The proposed development, named Falls Crossing, would have contained up to 370 dwelling units and 215,000 square feet of commercial development.
With this threat of development surrounding Snoqualmie Falls and its sacred lands, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe initiated discussions with various individuals and conservation groups, including Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra) as well as the City of Snoqualmie, to protect an area sacred to the Snoqualmie People and special to the entire region. These discussions led to the creation of the Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative and eventual protection of the property, now known as Two Sisters Return.
The Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative was an innovative collaboration between Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra), King County, the City of Snoqualmie, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company and Puget Western, Inc. The Grant Deed of Conservation Easement, filed June 27, 2001, provides for a conservation easement that limits development on the property. This conservation was unique in its time and included a Traditional Cultural Property acknowledging the sacred, spiritual and cultural significance of the area to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
The 154 acres of land directly adjacent to Snoqualmie Falls includes land within the viewshed of Snoqualmie Falls. This area is named for the two Snoqualmie sisters from the Tribe’s creation history who returned to their people with the baby.
Hands off!John Jones