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Conservation Futures Committee

The King County Conservation Futures Committee is a volunteer citizen advisory board serving King County government. Each year, jurisdictions apply for King County Conservation Futures tax levy (CFT) funds to purchase or preserve open space lands, including natural areas, passive-use parks, urban green spaces, wildlife habitat, trails, farms and forests in unincorporated King County and its cities. The Committee reviews applications for CFT funds, and recommends the allocation of CFT funds to the King County Executive and Council which makes the final funding awards. 

2019 Meeting Schedule

Please refer to the Schedule for 2019. All meetings are held at Mercer Island Community and Event Center unless otherwise noted. 

For more information, contact Ingrid Lundin.

Recruiting New Committee Member

King County is currently seeking individuals who are interested in the acquisition and protection of open space lands to apply to the Conservation Futures Committee. Individuals with a knowledge of, experience with, or interest in open space protection are invited to apply. Minimum position requirements:

  1. Attend six or more mid-week evening committee meetings on Mercer Island between January and May; attend three to eight field trips on mid-week afternoons or Saturdays to applicant sites in April; and otherwise actively participate in and contribute to the efforts of the Committee. The schedule is subject to change depending on the Committee’s workload.
  2. Evaluate regional and local needs and opportunities, especially to balance the unmet needs for open spaces in cities, where many county residents live; the provision of regional open spaces that are often visited by residents who live further away; the protection of habitat, farmland and working forests; and providing regional trails and natural parks (active recreation such as ballfields are not eligible with this funding source).
  3. Commit to Committee membership for community improvement and environmental quality purposes, not for personal financial interest.
  4. Live within rural or urban King County.
  5. Committee terms are typically for four years, and members may serve two terms.

We are recruiting for one position at this time. 

  • Council District 7 Position (for residents of Council District 7). Candidates must be nominated by King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, District 7, to serve in this position (Councilmember von Reichbauer’s office may be reached at 206-477-1007). Please see the Council District 7 press release.

Please contact Ingrid Lundin, Conservation Futures Program Coordinator, with questions or letters of interest, and/or work directly with the Councilmember's office. Additional information about King County Boards and Commissions is available here. King County DNRP press release is available here.