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Forestry Program
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. The forestry program also provides:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Forest practices 
Read the governing codes, learn best practices and find out how to get permits for forestry activities.

Growing healthy trees in our local forests
Loop biosolids are nutrient-rich, composted solids extracted during wastewater treatment. This page describes how Loop biosolids nourish local forests.

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.

For questions about forestry services in King County, Washington, please contact Bill Loeber, Forester/Project Program Manager King County Forestry Program.

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News and announcements

2018 Red Alder Management Workshop
Sep. 29, 2018 (early registration ends 9/18)
The workshop will be held at Meridian Grange, 15422 SE 272nd Street, Kent, from 9am - 3:30pm. For more information, including cost and how to register, please click here.

Sep. 4, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?

Aug. 28, 2018
External article, CityLab
Carbon Offsets for Urban Trees Are on the Horizon

Jul. 31, 2018
External article, Q13 FOX
Inslee declares emergency in all Washington counties as wildfire threat intensifies

Jul. 23, 2018
As hot, dry weather grips region, King County has landscaping tips to reduce wildfire risk

Jun. 11, 2018
External article, Kirkland Reporter
Western Washington could see more wildfires this year

May 23, 2018
Executive Constantine proposes legislation to protect King County’s most vulnerable forests, farmlands and shorelines 

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.