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Overview: King County Conservation Futures

Conservation Futures is the primary source of funding for the Land Conservation Initiative (LCI). The LCI has a goal to preserve our most important natural lands and urban green spaces. The LCI also seeks to add open spaces in underserved communities. Learn more about the Land Conservation Initiative goals in this short video.

Snoqualmie River Trail view
Snoqualmie River trail

Conservation Futures protects many types of open spaces across King County 

Conservation Futures protects many types of open spaces across King County

Urban green space

Neighborhood green and open space to create more livable neighborhoods


Land to connect trails and communities to increase livability & inspire healthy living

Natural lands

Natural lands for wildlife, recreation, & resilience in an uncertain future


River corridors to sustain salmon and reduce flooding


Farmlands and community gardens for healthy local food


Forestlands to support clean air, clean water, cooler summers, and recreation.

» Learn more about Conservation Futures grant application process and policies

Since 1982, Conservation Futures grant funding has helped protect more than 100,000 acres of land in King County as open space, including
Maury Island Marine Park
Maury Island Marine Park

Fifty years ago, Washington State authorized the Conservation Futures Tax levy (CFT), allowing counties to collect a small levy from landowners to protect open space. King County is one of 14 counties statewide that levy a conservation futures tax – protecting forests, shorelines, farms, greenways, and trails for future generations to enjoy forever.

Thank you to King County voters who approved Proposition 1 in November 2022, restoring Conservation Futures to its authorized rate of 6.25 cents per $1,000 Assessed Value. In 2023, the owner of a median priced home pays about $50 per year into Conservation Futures.