Working resource lands
King County, Washington
Working resource lands benefit the public by providing food and wood products while helping to prevent flooding of rivers, protecting water quality, providing open space, offering passive recreation experiences, providing opportunities for research and education, and serving as a buffer between development and rural/natural resource industry areas. King County working resource lands consist of forests and farms ranging in size from just a few acres to more than 1,000 acres.
Working forest lands conserve tracts of forested property in the Rural Forest Focus Areas and the Forest Production District (FPD) that remain in active forestry, protect areas from development and/or provide a buffer between commercial forestland and adjacent residential development. Working forestlands are managed to balance sustainable timber production, conservation and restoration of resources, and passive recreational use. King County owns five working forest sites totaling about 3,050 acres. In addition, the Natural Resource Lands program manages easements on more than 94,000 acres of privately owned forests. These easements have removed development rights from these properties to ensure that these sites remain as working forests in the long term (note: these lands remain privately owned). The programmatic plan for working forests (Acrobat PDF) describes general policies for site management.
- Learn about the King County Forestry Program.
King County-owned farms protect lands threatened by urban development in the Agriculture Production Districts (APDs) and provide an opportunity for small-scale and beginning farmers to enter the local agricultural market. King County is committed to preserving agricultural lands near the urban growth boundary because of their high production capabilities, proximity to markets, and value as open space that serves as an urban separator. King County owns six farms totaling 240 acres.
- Learn about the King County Agriculture Program.
Working resource lands in King County
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