Forestry services and information
The King County Forestry Program promotes long-term retention and management of healthy forestlands for the benefit of forest property owners and all county residents. The forestry program also provides:
- Forestry help for landowners
Free technical assistance and training for King County forestland property owners. Learn how preparing a Forest Management Plan can help improve forestry operations and stewardship practices while meeting county and state regulations. Low cost forest stewardship classes. Our customer service front desk number is 425-477-4800.
- Firewise community wildfire safety planning
Learn about forest fire prevention, fire-safe landscaping techniques and how to plan ahead for your safe response to a wildfire. After a few dry days, wildfire can spread rapidly even in cool weather.
- Rural Forest Commission
The 13-member Commission advises the County on strategies to conserve forestlands and promote the practice of forestry in rural areas. Meetings are open to the public.
Forestry financial incentive programs
Learn how to reduce taxes when keeping private lands in forestry use and how to buy and sell rights to develop for permanent preservation of private forestlands.
Read the governing codes, learn best practices and find out how to get permits for forestry activities.
Fertilizing forests with biosolids
Biosolids are the nutrient-rich, composted solids extracted during wastewater treatment. This page summarizes the benefits of biosolids as fertilizer in forestry applications, describes how biosolids are applied to forests, and provides info about environmental safeguards, stream monitoring, and opportunities for public comment.
King County working resource lands
Look up forests and farms protected by King County, Washington as working resource lands and providing public benefits such as reducing river flooding, protecting water quality, providing open space, and offering passive recreation experiences. The natural lands site provides pictures, location maps and rules for public use.
News and announcements
Jul. 31, 2018
External article, Q13 FOX
Inslee declares emergency in all Washington counties as wildfire threat intensifies
Jun. 11, 2018
External article, Kirkland Reporter
Western Washington could see more wildfires this year
Nov. 28, 2017
Learn tips to reduce home wildfire risk at free workshops in Issaquah, Sammamish
December 5th and 7th
May 17, 2017
External article, Washington Post
A climate change solution beneath our feet
Forestry related facts
- About 877,000 acres, or more than two-thirds of the county, is forested.
- About half of the county, 824,000 acres, is zoned as forestland of long-term commercial significance in the Forest Production District. This includes the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Cedar River Watershed.