The Thurston County Board of Commissioners has approved funding for the Conservation Futures Program for 2020. Conservation Futures is a land preservation program that allows landowners to sell property or future development rights to a qualified conservation organization, such as a land trust.
A Conservation Futures tax levy was first authorized by the Legislature statewide in 1971. In 1989, Thurston County began collecting the tax levy and uses these funds to make conservation purchases. In 2019, Thurston County taxpayers paid a rate of approximately four cents per $1,000 assessed value.
Applications for funding are due by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2020, and must be sponsored by an eligible entity such as a land trust or city government. Eligible properties must contain unique or valuable wildlife habitat, agricultural, forestry, historic or recreational features.
For more information about the Conservation Futures Program and to find the application, visit thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/incentives-conservation-futures.aspx or contact Andrew Deffobis at Andrew.email@example.com.
Application submission options are:
• Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Submit in person to Board of County Commissioners Office, Building 1, Second Floor, Room 269 of the Thurston County Courthouse
• Submit via mail to: Thurston County, attention Andrew Deffobis, CPED, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502.