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This archive provides an historical record of news, announcements and activities related to natural lands in King County.  For the latest news on this subject, please see natural lands in King County, Washington.

Nov 23, 2015
External article, Maple Valley Reporter
Council approves addition of more land to “Green Curtain”

Aug. 28, 2015
King County sets meetings to share details of proposed protected lands inventory changes

Jul, 10, 2015
Land preservation: Leaders celebrate Vashon-Maury Island’s most-valued open spaces

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

Jan. 9, 2015
King County and The Trust for Public Land complete preservation of Squak Mountain for public use

Mar. 31, 2014
Final acquisition set for Squak Mountain forest, with King County-The Trust for Public Land accord

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

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

Aug. 28, 2012
External report, KPLU Why King County held a party for a property tax 

Jul. 23, 2012
King County celebrates 30 years of protecting open space, forests, and farms

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

Apr. 17, 2012
King County bridges the gap in Three Forks Natural Area habitat with property purchase
Conservation and open space bond funding used to acquire 21½-acre parcel

Jan. 27, 2012
King County’s residents weigh in on river management priorities through survey

Dec. 15, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Bothell's "last great forest" protected
Habitat of fox, beaver, deer and salmon, Pileated Woodpeckers and Band-tailed Pigeons

Sept. 9, 2011
Public meeting Sept. 20 to discuss proposal for brief deer hunt at Island Center Forest

Sept. 2, 2011
Final restoration work at Chinook Bend Natural Area requires closure starting Sept. 6

Sept. 1, 2011
King County proposes limited deer hunt season at Vashon’s Island Center Forest

April 19, 2011
King County honors environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Executive Constantine to recognize winners at County’s annual Earth Day Expo, April 22 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle

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

Lower Bear Creek Natural Area Habitat Enhancement Project 
Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Feb. 22, 2010
King County invites public to meet, discuss future of Maury Island property

Dec. 30, 2010
County gets the keys to Maury Island Property 
Open space acquisition brings end to 13 years of efforts to expand mine

Nov. 10, 2010
External article, New York Times
Head Out for a Daily Dose of Green Space

Nov. 10, 2010
Agreement reached for King County to acquire Maury Island gravel site for permanent protection

Oct. 15, 2010
Future of Island Center Forest deer hunt subject of Oct. 27 meeting on Vashon
King County gathering public input about future uses of popular forestland

June 22, 2010
External article, Issaquah Press
County adopts plan to preserve parks, open space

June 10, 2009
Backcountry horse group, King County partner to improve trails on public lands

April 17, 2010
External link, Issaquah Press
County seeks comments on plan to preserve open space

Jan. 22, 2010
Carbon sequestration project needs help with tree planting, Jan. 30 at Island Center Forest

Dec. 1, 2009
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Island forest gets some attention

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

Jul. 20, 2009
King County Council moves forward with important open-space preservation action
Public has final say on permanently protecting more than 150,000 acres

Jul. 3, 2009
External article, Sammamish Reporter
County moves to secure long term future of important land

Jun. 28, 2009
External article, Sammamish Review
King County Council nears vote on protecting 95 green spaces

Jun. 24, 2009
Committee recommends Open Space Preservation Amendment to full King County Council
Council to consider Charter amendment protecting rural acreage

Jun. 16, 2009
Proposed open space charter amendment subject of June 22 meeting in Snoqualmie

Jun. 16, 2009
Vital habitat restoration work means no access to King County’s Chinook Bend Natural Area
No access to natural area and adjacent Snoqualmie River during summer work

May 28, 2009
Learn more about proposed open space charter amendment at upcoming public meetings

Apr. 28, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Mountains to Sound, acre by green acre

Green Globe Award

Green Globe Award
Leader in Open Space Conservation
City of Issaquah

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

Apr. 16, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
King County considers protecting rural property from development

Feb. 10, 2009
King County cities on track for open space, quality of life enhancements

Feb 10, 2009
External column, Seattle P-I
Restore neglected public lands

External Book Review
The New Economy of Nature

Jun. 2, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
County advised to beef up land protections

Mar. 26, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
King County has acres of newly acquired public space, but few are using it

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

Sept.13, 2007
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Logging at Center Forest is attempt at balance

Sept.13, 2007
Vashon’s Island Center Forest grows by 86 acres

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

Draft Vashon-Maury Island Greenprint Map (Acrobat pdf)

Nov. 13, 2006
Sims pays tribute to Harvey Manning
Long-time trails and wildlands preservation advocate leaves legacy of habitat protection

Nov. 12, 2006
Sims honored with national Public Official of the Year Award

Oct. 3, 2006
Sims’ 2007 budget to propose major investments in King County’s ‘green infrastructure’
Executive bolsters commitment to open space, trails in new budget

Aug. 10, 2006
New access coming to Three Forks 'Old School Site'

May 26, 2006
King County opens new trails in Taylor Mountain Forest

Mar. 22, 2006
Global warming initiative announced

Mar. 26, 2008
External link - Seattle P-I
King County has acres of newly acquired public space, but few are using it

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

Sept.13, 2007
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Logging at Center Forest is attempt at balance

Sept.13, 2007
Vashon’s Island Center Forest grows by 86 acres

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

Draft Vashon-Maury Island Greenprint Map (Acrobat pdf)

Nov. 13, 2006
Sims pays tribute to Harvey Manning
Long-time trails and wildlands preservation advocate leaves legacy of habitat protection

Nov. 12, 2006
Sims honored with national Public Official of the Year Award

Oct. 3, 2006
Sims’ 2007 budget to propose major investments in King County’s ‘green infrastructure’
Executive bolsters commitment to open space, trails in new budget

Aug. 10, 2006
New access coming to Three Forks 'Old School Site'

May 26, 2006
King County opens new trails in Taylor Mountain Forest

Mar. 22, 2006
Global warming initiative announced

Island Center Forest Site Management Guidelines

Oct. 15, 2005
External link - Seattle P-I
Sims proposes $20 million for county's open spaces

Oct. 14, 2005
Sims unveils historic green space and trail investments for King County

Oct. 3, 2005
Sims says innovative deal will conserve land, boost recreation, protect Black Diamond's character

Sept. 26, 2005
King County issues warning against illegal hunting

Cedar River Public Access

June 7, 2005
Landmark agreement new model for conservation
Conserves open space, protects working forests, fosters recreational improvements and promotes planned community growth

May 19, 2005
(External Link, Seattle P-I)
A green vision for 100 years

April 22, 2005
Executive Sims lays out open space conservation vision -- the Greenprint for King County

April 21, 2005
(External Link, Seattle P-I)
Planners make blueprint for green space

Feb. 5, 2005
King County, state DNR join Vashon community to celebrate conservation of 237 acres of open space