Love this Valley!

We all have a Methow Love Story.   

We want to hear yours.  And, we want you to find joy in the stories of others.

Heart in the river. Photo by Jason Paulsen.
Heart in the Methow River below our office.

The Methow Conservancy serves to inspire people to care for the land of the Methow Valley. To us, that means more than just protecting the best wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, clean rivers, and scenic views.  It means preserving a Methow way of life. 

The first step in preserving that way of life is articulating what it is we love about this place. As Professor Donald Snow of Whitman College notes, “The best way to prepare for growth is to make clear, in public venues, exactly what it is you value about your community and your area and immediately begin protecting those values.”

Our conservation work is forever and it is for future generations. Imagine giving future generations not just a healthy landscape but also a tangible reminder of the importance of this place to people.

The Love this Valley campaign is our effort to raise as many of these stories as possible.  We want to hear your Methow Love Story.  We hope that you will share it with us!

As we receive stories, we’ll post them here. 

Listen to Jo Ruoss's Methow Love Story

Listen to Sam Naney's Methow Love Story

Listen to Jacqueline O'Keefe's Methow Love Story

Listen to Sasha Swerdloff's Methow Love Story

Listen to Craig Boesel's Methow Love Story

How to Share your Story:

  • Spend some time thinking about what you love about this Valley. Or think about the moment or moments when you knew this place had your heart. 
  • When you are ready, simply record yourself.  Here’s a link to how to do so with your iPhone ( and here’s one for your Android (  see Methods 2 & 3).
  • Email us your recording. Please send along a photo, too. Email both to with Love This Valley in your subject line.
  • If audio recording isn’t your thing, or you don’t have a way to do so, we’ll be glad to receive your story in any form!  Send us a poem, a piece of art, an essay, a letter. Whatever works for you and we’ll add it to our collection. (You can mail your story to PO Box 71, Winthrop, WA  98862)
  • If you have any questions, just call Sarah at 509-996-2870 or email her at
  • By sharing your Methow Love Story with us, you give us permission to share it on our website and in any other multi-media format in support of our work. 
315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870