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This archive page provides an historical record of recent news, announcements and activities related to forestry in King County.  For recent news on this subject, please visit King County's forestry services and information home page.

Rural Forest Commission Openings
April 2017: We are now accepting applications for two open positions.

Sep. 6, 2016
Protecting King County’s most valuable remaining farms, forests, habitats and other green spaces from development

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

May 22, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
State's wildfire season gets off to abrupt, early start

May 21, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Report: Branches chafing power line caused deadly Twisp fire

May 17, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Wildfires near Gold Bar and Oso contained 

Jul. 6, 2015
External report, KUOW
Yes, Western Washington Should Prepare For Wildfires Too

Jul. 5, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Fire crews attacking blazes in all parts of state

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

Jul. 6, 2015
External report, KUOW
Yes, Western Washington Should Prepare For Wildfires Too

Jul. 5, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Fire crews attacking blazes in all parts of state

Jun. 30, 2015
Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record 

Jun. 22, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds 

Apr. 16, 2015
Amid critically low snowpacks, King County offers advice on protecting homes from wildfire

Feb. 9, 2015
External article, The Atlantic
The Best Technology For Fighting Climate Change? Trees

Jan. 20, 2015
Public forestland grows as King County Parks acquires 40 acres in Taylor Mountain Forest 

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

June 19, 2014
Comments welcome on trail proposal for King County Parks' Black Diamond Open Space

June 12, 2014
External article, BBC
Study: Deforestation leaves fish undersized and underfed

June 9, 2014
Tree thinning and harvest for forest health at two King County sites on Vashon-Maury Island

Jun. 19, 2015
External video, Q13 TV News
Experts warning about wildfire danger this year

Apr. 16, 2015
Amid critically low snowpacks, King County offers advice on protecting homes from wildfire

Feb. 9, 2015
External article, The Atlantic
The Best Technology For Fighting Climate Change? Trees

Aug. 11, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
DNR bans all fires, including campfires, in Washington

August 11, 2014
External article, The Olympian
DNR: Crews fighting three fires near Tenino

Aug. 11, 2014
External article, The Olympian
Fire crews continue to battle 2 wildfires near Rochester, Tenino

Aug. 9, 2014
External article, Kitsap Sun
Washington's wet side not immune from wildfire risk

Aug. 9, 2014
External article, Kitsap Sun
Protecting your home from wildfire risk

Jul. 2014
External article, Union of Concerned Scientists
Playing with Fire: How Climate Change and Development Patterns are Contributing to Soaring Costs of Western Wildfires

Jul. 14, 2014
King County Fire Marshal calls for countywide burn ban

Jul. 11, 2014
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
DNR expands burn ban to western Washington
Hot and dry conditions make for high fire danger

May 21, 2014
Leave fireworks, exploding targets at home this weekend (pdf)

May 21, 2014
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Have fun and stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend

May 15, 2014
Fire Council earns recognition for decade-long wildfire prevention

May 1, 2014
May is wildfire awareness month in King County, time to take steps to safeguard lives, property

Apr. 28, 2014
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Wildfire Awareness Month starts May 1

Feb. 6, 2014
External article, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Washington State second in nation with number of Firewise communities

May 15, 2014
Fire Council earns recognition for decade-long wildfire prevention

May 1, 2014
May is Wildfire Awareness Month in King County, time to take steps to safeguard lives, property

Mar. 13, 2014
Executive awards 27 Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas

Current use taxation seminar for woodland owners
Tuesday April 8, 2014 in Fall City

Biosolids and forestry: You're part of the cycle 

Jan. 27, 2014
Learn about, and comment on long-term stewardship of Dockton Forest, Feb. 5

WSU soil scientist connects soil, biosolids & sustainability
 

2013 King County Accomplishments

FirewiseFire safety tips for rural homeowners (4 Mb pdf)

Dec. 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County and eight mayors join in call for bold state action on climate change

Funding Available for Forest Landowners to Remove Fish Barriers

Nov. 5, 2013
External, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest

Rural health services

Sep. 16, 2013
External article, The Bellingham Herald
Northwest Communities, including Sudden Valley, prepare for risk of wildfires

Sep. 12, 2013
External report, USDA
Our Forests and Climate Change

Sep. 5, 2013
Island Center Forest thinning and harvest designed to improve landscape’s health

Aug. 6, 2013
Danville-Georgetown Open Space forest thinning to improve overall landscape’s health

Jul. 31, 2013
King County offers rural homeowners free advice for preventing wildfire
Next ‘firewise’ training is Aug. 10 as part of 2013 Northwest Citizen Corps Expo

Jul. 29, 2013
External article, Sammamish-Issaquah Patch
DNR: Mt. Si Fire Caused by Humans, 75 Percent Contained

Jul. 28, 2013
External article, Living Snoqualmie 
Mt. Si Fire's 18 acres Nearly Contained

Jul. 27, 2013, updated July 28
External article, KING 5 News
Mt. Si Fire Inches Closer to Homes

Jul. 26, 2013
Fire Marshal calls for burn ban in King County
Current burn ban status

Jul. 26, 2013
External article, Sammamish-Issaquah Patch
Brush Fire on EB90 and SR18

Jul. 8, 2013
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle

May 18, 2013
Washington Department of Natural Resources
External article, Wildfire prevention tips for this Memorial Day weekend

Apr. 8, 2013
County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from development

Mar. 21, 2013
Executive Constantine reaches agreement to conserve largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County

Dec. 3, 2012 
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
King County aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050

Sept. 26, 2012 
Executive’s budget advances Community Service Area program for better engagement with residents of unincorporated King County
Budget builds on County Council’s endorsement of new rural and urban unincorporated area engagement process.

Sep. 19, 2012
External article, Press-Enterprise
Wildfires have worsened in past decade, analysis shows

Aug. 16, 2012
External article, Goldmark asks for public's help due to extremely high wildfire potential

Aug. 15, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Red Flag warning issued for Seattle; second in 10 years

Jun. 7, 2012
External article, Vancouver Sun
Climate change to bring more severe wildfires to B.C.: report

Jun. 1, 2012
King County plans tree harvest, forest rehab on Taylor Mountain Forest parcel

May 3, 2012
King County urges community preparation during Wildfire Awareness Week, May 6-12

Mar. 14, 2012
Learn forest stewardship via online course, Vashon workshops, from King County and WSU

Feb. 8, 2012
Study reveals complex picture of greenhouse gas emissions in King County

Dec. 28, 2011
King County offers grant funds for urban reforestation, habitat restoration projects

July 22, 2011
External article, Portland Tribune
Northwest Forest plan aided carbon sequestration

May 10, 2011
May 18 open house to discuss Marymoor Park tree inventory, planting, replacement plan

April 29, 2011
King County recognizes Wildfire Awareness Week, May 1-7

April 21, 2011
Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 14, 2011
Executive Constantine goes online April 18 to discuss climate change with experts, public

April 5, 2011
Notice of Action under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA):
Forest Practices (Non-conversion Class 4G) on King County Parks

Mar. 14, 2011
King County’s McGarvey Park Open Space forest stewardship plan now available

Nov. 16, 2010
External article, Sammamish Review
Conservation leaders honor Councilwoman Kathy Lambert

Oct. 7, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Hot stuff: UW part of national effort to study global warming

Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Course
Register now for WSU Extension's Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Course (external link) in the Preston/Issaquah area. Held Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks beginning September 21, 2010. Sponsored by King County and the WRIA 7 Salmon Forum.

September 22, 2010
King County uses horsepower to move wood in Carnation

July 29, 2010
Family forest stewardship on display at field day, July 31 in Ravensdale

July 27, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
The Real Worth: Puget Sound

July 14, 2010
Learn forest stewardship – for a few trees, or a few hundred acres – at July 31 forestry field day
Western Washington Family Forest Owners Field Day features King County experts

July 2, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Lush spring growth turns quickly into fuel in time for Fourth of July Fireworks

April 23, 2010
Snoqualmie Valley forests at risk as patch of noxious weed garlic mustard found

March 30, 2010
King County Noxious Weed Program helping Bellevue fight tough forest invader
Seasonal battle begins against garlic mustard, giant hogweed, other invaders

Feb. 15, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Protecting Washington's high-value forest and agriculture lands

Aug. 7, 2009
Outstanding management earns King County’s Vashon Island Center Forest green certification

Aug. 3, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
New strategy to save forests: logging

June 2, 2009
External news release, Wash. DNR
State acquires over 20,000 acres of King County forestland for Common School, UW trusts

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning courses (external link)
September 22 - November 17, 2009 in Preston

May 13, 2009

King County offers grants for forest, habitat improvement projects Application deadline June 26: Priority for joblessness, underserved communities

Apr. 20, 2009
Partnership developing to preserve habitat, working forest in Raging River headwaters

Apr. 13, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Close loopholes in Washington's Growth Management Act

Mar. 10, 2009
King County Agricultural and Forestry Program recipient of King Conservation District’s “Rock Award”
Awards program spotlights programs, municipalities and individuals

Jan. 27, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Mudslides trigger call for clear-cut answers

Jan. 23, 2009
External article, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Western forests dying at an increasing rate
Scientists blame changing climate

Dec. 12, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Development Credits Preserve Green Future
"Extraordinary conservation deal...will be applauded as brilliant foresight by generations to come."

Dec. 10, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Timber, but no homes, on 45,500-acre swath
Deal aims to fight suburban sprawl

Dec. 10, 2008
Upper Green River Watershed protected forever in King County-Plum Creek conservation agreement

Jan. 4, 2008
King County protects open space, habitat while housing density increases in urban core
Sims says best-in-nation TDR Program is perfect tool for smart growth

Oct. 8, 2008
King County Transfers 1,491 Acres of Forestland to DNR
Revenue from DNR management of parcel in Raging River area will help support King County services

Sept. 19, 2008
Rural, home-based businesses in King County to get support under proposed rule changes
Executive pushes to improve conditions for traditional rural industries

Dec. 10, 2008
Upper Green River Watershed protected forever in King County-Plum Creek conservation agreement

July 30, 2007
External opinion, Seattle Times
Understanding the value of well-managed forests

Aug. 22, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Wildfires: Western Washington is at risk, too

Aug.3, 2007
Rural Forest Commission seeks applicants

Aug. 2, 2007
King County sets Ring Hill Forest timber harvest

July 30, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Forest homes heat up fire risk

Jun. 20, 2007
King County, King Conservation District form partnership to offer new grant opportunities

Leader in Resource Management:
Murray LLC

Leader in Forest and Wildlife Protection
Doreen Johnson

Mar. 16, 2007
Sixth-annual Small Farm Expo slated for March 24

Jan. 8, 2007
External article, New York Times
Some Northwest Residents See Trees Differently After Storm

Jan. 3, 2007
External opinion, Speical to the Seattle Times
Saving what's noble in the Northwest

April 3, 2006
King County Rural Forest Commission seeks applicants

Nov. 23, 2005
Roundtable set to explore urban trees, public safety

Oct. 27, 2005
King County praised as national leader in addressing climate change

Oct. 26, 2005
Sims outlines efforts to reduce emissions, prepare for global warming

Urban Tree Salvage Expo
Oct. 22, 2005 in Seattle

July 15, 2005
External link, Capital Press
Rural King County residents asked to help plan future

July 5, 2005
Community fire prevention group takes first steps to protect homes

Greenprint for King County
Regional conservation strategy

Dec. 2, 2004
King County, business and conservation partners celebrate Snoqualmie Forest preservation

Sept. 2, 2004
Sims signs extraordinary Snoqualmie Forest preservation agreement of national merit

Aug. 9, 2004
King County to harvest alder stand on Taylor Mountain Forest

Feb. 17, 2004
Tacoma News Tribune
Preserving foothills is a glorious goal

Feb. 17, 2004
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Greens, loggers find common ground in saving Cascade foothills

Jan. 30, 2004
Seattle Times
Area 12 times size of Seattle sought for Cascades preservation

Apr. 16, 2003
King County announces 2003 Green Globe Award winners

July 25, 2002
Council Continues to Support the Evergreen Forest Trust

July 24, 2002
Ames Lake Forest Saved Through Transfer of Development Rights Program

Working Together to Conserve and Manage Forestland Effectively
Executive Sims speaks about how sustainable landscapes support livable communities

June 7, 2002
Understanding the importance of our forests