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Find comprehensive services and information related to forestry in King County, Washington such as forester assistance for landowners, tax incentives to protect forest resources, grants, forest fire information, forestry education resources and the Rural Forest Commission..

To offer a suggestion or report an error on the King County forestry services and information website, please contact Fred Bentler, webmaster.

Sustainable Forestry in King County, Washington

Forestry services and information

Customer Service Guide

"Prompt, Fair, Results-Oriented Service for All"

The Customer Service Guide (pdf) is designed to help you quickly locate the service you need.

Guía de Servicio al Cliente

Forestry related facts in King County as of 2013:

  • 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.

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.

Forestry CPR: Climate Preparedness and Response
Learn how to optimize forest health for aesthetics, wood production and to sequester tons of carbon from our atmosphere. Includes map-based tools for parcels in King County, Washington.

Forest practices 
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.

This page is provided primarily by the King County forestry program, which promotes long-term retention and management of healthy forestlands for the benefit of forest property owners and all county residents. The forestry program also:

For questions about forestry services in King County, Washington, please contact Linda Vane, Project/Program Manager, King County Forestry Program.

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News and announcements

Nov.16, 2015
King County adopts one of the boldest climate action plans in the nation

Sep. 23, 2015
External release, USDA
Forest Service Funds Landmark Climate Change Study