One successful year is in the books for King County’s accelerated and urgent work to conserve its last, best places within 30 years, and to make sure every community has easy access to greenspace. Conservation Futures Tax (CFT) bonding legislation adopted by the King County Council on Oct. 2, 2019, will dramatically accelerate the rate … More King County caps 1st year of Land Conservation Initiative with new tools to speed up open space protections and improve access for those that need it most
The Land Conservation Initiative is the way we can protect the livability, health, and ecological integrity of our region for everyone. Access to nature and open space is the foundation to our collective quality of life. However, development threatens working lands that produce food, jobs, and a rural way of life.
“The main goals of the Initiative are to accelerate investments in land conservation to save money, to ensure critical natural areas and resource lands can be preserved before they are lost to other uses, and to ensure green space for all residents,” said Bob Burns, Deputy Director of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
This Initiative is a regional collaboration between King County, cities, business people, farmers, environmental partners, and others that began by creating a strategy to preserve our last, most important natural lands, resource lands and green spaces. … More Land Conservation Initiative: Preserving and protecting farmland and urban green space
Across the street from a grassy private lot fenced off with razor wire, kids play tag in a gray concrete Tukwila parking lot, sometimes dodging honking cars and making the apartment manager nervous about his liability. The closest park playground is a hot 20-minute summer walk from the apartment building along busy arterials. These kids … More Green space for all: King County moves to speed up open space investments and improve access
Half a million King County residents don’t have easy access to a park, trail or to green space. Think about that for a minute. View the Land Conservation Initiative Story Map In a county world-renowned for its amazing outdoor possibilities – its Cascade Mountains, mighty forestlands, lush farmlands providing local food, salmon-bearing streams and rivers, … More King County Land Conservation Initiative: 65,000 acres to sustain us