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Conservation Futures Program

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Conservation Futures Program Leaders and Timeline

1968 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.
Jim Ellis
1971 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.
Dan Evans
1979 Voters approve Farmland Preservation Levy
County Executive John Spellman advocates and voters approve $50 million Farmland Preservation bond measure.
John Spellman
1982 Conservation Futures used for first time
County Executive Randy Revelle names Farmland Preservation Task Force; King County becomes the first county to use CFT.
Randy Revelle
1985 Bellevue shifts to connecting green spaces
Bellevue Parks Director Lee Springgate leads new vision to connect green space rather than build individual stand alone parks.
Lee Springgate
1989 Voters approve Open Space Bonds
Civic Leader Gerry Johnson Chairs Citizens Oversight Committee for voter approved $117.6 million King County Open Space Bonds Levy.
Gerry Johnson
1990 Citizens given a strong voice
CFT Citizens Committee is established by ordinance approved by King County Council.
Greg Nickels
1992 Public and nonprofit partnerships increase
Conservation Futures becomes important funding source for matching grants with cities and nonprofit organizations.
Gene Duvernoy
1994 Bear Creek protected
Rural resident Terry Lavender joins neighbors to protect and restore Bear Creek.
Terry Lavender
1996 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.
Louise Miller
1997 Environmental systems become County focus
Civic leader Carol James chairs CFT Citizens Committee as county focuses on environmental systems.
Carol James
1999 Increased focus on salmon habitat
Chinook salmon listed as a threatened species by the EPA; King County Councilman Larry Philips is a leader in habitat preservation and restoration
Larry Phillips
2004 Snoqualmie Forest protected
County Executive Ron Sims leads purchase of development rights to 90,000 acre Snoqualmie Forest.
Ron Sims
2010 Maury Island gravel mine purchased
County Executive Dow Constantine concludes a ten-year collaborative effort with the purchase of Maury Island gravel mine.
Dow Constantine