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Conservation Futures Program Leaders and Timeline
Voters approve Forward Thrust Bonds
Civic leader Jim Ellis advocates for and voters approve Forward Thrust Bonds, the nation's largest parks, open space and recreation infrastructure bond measure.
Legislature passes Conservation Futures Tax
The Washington State Legislature declares it is citizens' 'fundamental and inalienable right' to a healthy environment and creates the Department of Ecology in a special session called by Governor Dan Evans. The Conservation Futures Tax, a resource lands funding source for counties, was among numerous environmental laws approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Evans.
Bear Creek protected
Rural resident Terry Lavender joins neighbors to protect and restore Bear Creek.
Regional trails connected
A public/private partnership worked to provide a park in Woodinville with river access, open space and a playground. Conservation Futures helps to save land, connect and expand trails system, restore habitat, and protect rivers from flooding.