Forestry services and information
"Prompt, Fair, Results-Oriented Service for All"
The Customer Service Guide (pdf) is designed to help you quickly locate the service you need.
Forestry related facts in King County as of 2010:
- About 877,000 acres, or more than two-thirds of the county, is forested;
- There are roughly 20,000 landowners with at least one acre of forest in King County;
- 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.
Firewise community wildfire safety planning
Learn about forest fire prevention, fire-safe landscaping techniques and how to plan out your safe response to a wildfire. After a few dry days, wildfire can spread rapidly even in cool spring 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 help for landowners
Free technical assistance and classes for King County forestland property owners. Follow the link to learn about the low-cost coached forest management planning class that starts Feb. 6th. Our forestry customer service number is 206-205-5621.
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.
Read the governing codes, learn best practices and find out how to get permits for forestry activities.
Forest stewardship/management planning
Learn how preparing a Forest Management Plan can help improve forestry operations and stewardship practices while meeting county and state regulations.
Critical Areas Ordinance sheet: forest management plans (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Policies and procedures outlining King County's official, standard format for plans required as part of King County incentive programs or required before a building permit is issued for a property in the forest zone.
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.