Forestry services and information
King County 30 Year Forest Plan
Through our engagement process, we will focus on two broad questions about forests in King County:
- What do we want?
- How do we get there?
Forestry help for landowners
Free technical assistance and training for King County forestland property owners. Learn how preparing a Forest Management Plan can help improve forestry operations and stewardship practices while meeting county and state regulations. Low cost forest stewardship classes. Our customer service front desk number is 425-477-4800.
Firewise community wildfire safety planning
Learn about forest fire prevention, fire-safe landscaping techniques and how to plan ahead for your safe response to a wildfire. After a few dry days, wildfire can spread rapidly even in cool weather.
Forest Carbon Program
Local companies may offset unavoidable carbon emissions by investing in certified carbon credits that protect local forests.
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.
Forestry codes, best practices and permits
Read the governing codes, learn best practices and find out how to get permits for forestry activities.
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.
The King County Forestry Program promotes long-term retention and management of healthy forestlands for the benefit of forest property owners and all county residents.
1 Million Trees
King County and partners are working to plant a million trees by 2020, and you're encouraged to pitch in.
Northwest native trees
Look up tree species that grow in Western Washington to build the diversity of your forest.
Local biosolids for local forests
Loop biosolids are nutrient-rich, composted solids from wastewater that King County produces to close the loop and generate resources from waste.
Forest stewardship in King County parks
Activities at King County Parks such as forest thinning, converting red alder stands to more diverse conifer forests and treating root rot on working resource lands.
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.
Forestry related facts
- About 877,000 acres, or more than two-thirds of the county, is forested.
- 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.