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Snoqualmie River Trail view
Snoqualmie River Trail

Conservation Futures is the primary source of grant funding for the Land Conservation Initiative – a strategy to preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces in 30 years, and fix historic, unequal investment in open space across our communities and go first where the needs are the greatest. Learn more about the Land Conservation Initiative goals in this short video .

News & announcements

We are recruiting for the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee. Please visit the Committee page for more information. 

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

Urban green space
Neighborhood green and open space to create more livable neighborhoods
Saving trails
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.

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

» Learn more about recent acquisitions

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 for the safeguarding of 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.

The owner of a median priced home currently pays about $22 per year into Conservation Futures.

Photo credits

1 Discovery Park: Friends of Discovery Park (Source )
2 Olympic Sculpture Park: Spinstah (Source )
3 Clark Lake Park: Bryan Higgins (Source )
4 Duwamish Hill: Heidi Rose Watters (Source )


Please email the Conservation Futures Program Manager, Ingrid Lundin.