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Find comprehensive services and information related to forestry in King County, Washington such as forester assistane 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 opportunites 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)

2013 KCD-King County Conservation Task Force and Conservation Panel

In 2013 the Rural Forest Commission participated in a stakeholder process that identified natural resource conservation program and service needs in King County as a region. Convened by King County and King Conservation District, the process (external link) will help inform plans for future conservation services.

Read the final report of the KCD-KC Task Force and Conservation Panel here.

Agenda and meeting materials:

The Commission meets six times a year. Meetings in 2014 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 16, Thursday (agenda)
March 13, Thursday (agenda)
May 8, Thursday
July 10, Thursday
September 11, Thursday
November 13, Thursday

For agendas or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Linda Vane at or 206-477-4842.

Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):

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

November 8, 2012
September 13, 2012 (cancelled)
July 12, 2012
May 10, 2012
March 8, 2012
January 12, 2012

November 10, 2011
September 8, 2011
June 9, 2011
January 20, 2011

November 17, 2010
September 15, 2010
July 21, 2010
May 19, 2010
March 17, 2010
January 20, 2010

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

Ron Baum
Forest landowner

John Chaney
Forest landowner

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

Cindy Spiry
Snoqualmie Tribe

Julie Stangell
Hancock Timber Resource Group

Rex Thompson
Cascadia Pacific Group

Commissioner list (PDF)

Commission Staff

Linda Vane
King County Forestry Program