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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..

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Sustainable Forestry in King County, Washington

Rural Forest Commission
King County, Washington

Farm and forest aerial photo

The King County Rural Forest Commission is an advisory group of 13 volunteer members who represent a variety of rural forest interests. They advise the County on policies and programs affecting rural forests.

Recognizing that conserving healthy forests is essential to protecting and restoring water and air quality, providing recreational opportunities and maintaining a viable forestry industry in King County, the Commission issued its recommendations for conserving rural forests.  Read the Commission's report here:  Actions Required for King County to Conserve Rural Forests, May 2009 (PDF)

Seeking new members:

The commission is seeking two new members. Applicants must be residents of King County should have a working knowledge of forestry in the county and demonstrate a commitment to conserving forests and promoting forestry in the rural area. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Private forest landowners with 40 to 500 acres of rural forest land in King County, and for whom forestry is an important component of total income; or
  • An affected Indian Tribe.

Commissioners are unpaid volunteers appointed by the County Executive. The commission meets six times a year (see 2015 schedule below). To learn more about the commission or to apply download the application packet or contact Linda Vane, Commission Liaison.

Applications are due November 20, 2015. Applicants who have not attended commission meetings in the past are encouraged to attend the November 12 meeting. Meetings are open to the public.


The Commission meets six times a year. Meetings in 2015 will be held at the Preston Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.  Meeting dates are as follows:

January 15, Thursday (agenda)
March 12, Thursday (agenda)
May 14, Thursday (agenda)
July 9, Thursday (agenda)
September 10, Thursday (agenda)
November 12, Thursday

For agendas or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Linda Vane.

Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):

January 15, 2015
March 12, 2015
May 14, 2015

January 16, 2014
March 13, 2014
May 8, 2014
July 10, 2014
September 11, 2014 
November 13, 2014

November 14, 2013
September 12, 3013
July 11, 2013
May 9, 2013
March 14, 2013
January 10, 2013

This page is provided and maintained by the King County Forestry Program.

Related information

Commission members

Nate Veranth (Chair)
Forest landowner

Bernie McKinney (Vice-Chair)
Middle Green River Coalition

Daryl Harper
Forest landowner

Doug McClelland
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Sandy Miller
Forest landowner

Brandy Reed (ex officio)
King Conservation District

Matt Rourke
American Forest Management, Inc.

Dick Ryon
North Bend resident

Martie Schramm (ex officio)
USDA Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Cindy Spiry
Snoqualmie Tribe

Rex Thompson
Cascadia Pacific Group

Commissioner list (PDF)

Commission Staff

Linda Vane
King County Forestry Program