Forestry financial incentives
Reduce property taxes by protecting forest resources
King County offers several incentive programs designed to benefit owners of forest lands who protect forest resources by keeping their land in forestry use. Current incentive programs include the Timberland Program, the Public Benefit Rating System and the Forest Current Use Taxation Program. Please refer to our Current use taxation page to learn more about these programs including qualifications, how to apply, and who to contact.
Transfer development rights
The Transfer of Development Rights or TDR Program enables owners of private property to buy and sell residential development rights where it benefits the general public. Qualifying lands include forest, open space, regional trails and designated urban separator lands and habitat for threatened or endangered species. Landowners receive financial compensation without selling their land and the public receives permanent preservation of land having high public interest value. Refer to the Transfer of Development Rights Program page to learn more about the TDR program including rules, how to apply, and staff experts who are available to help.
This services page is maintained by the King County Forestry Program.