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.
News & announcements
Applications for 2023 funding were due on March 8, 2022. The next application round will open in January 2023. Please visit the Application process page for more information.
Conservation Futures protects many types of open spaces across King County
Since 1982, Conservation Futures grant funding has helped protect more than 100,000 acres of land in King County as open space, including
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.
Executive Constantine’s plan will ensure all King County residents have access to open spaces
Please email the Conservation Futures Program Manager, Ingrid Lundin.