King Conservation District is a metropolitan conservation district serving 34 cities and unincorporated King County. Over 2 million people call our district home, and we are committed to ensuring that all of them have access to local food, healthy forests and clean water. By working with our partners at King County, Sound Cities Association, farmers, rural landowners, urban residents, volunteers, community-based organizations and our municipal partners, KCD extends the reach of our programs and services and broadens the impact of our work to restore tree canopy, expand wildlife habitat and grow our regional food system.
In 2017, we had another record-breaking year for our region and our organization. With the median house price in Seattle topping $750,000, pressure to develop in our suburban and rural communities intensified. But preserving and protecting our green infrastructure – whether it be tree canopy, farms, or life-supporting clean waterways – only becomes even more critical as our population grows and our communities become more dense.
With nearly 50 percent of King County’s land in private ownership, these parcels are critical to the environmental health of our region. Transferring expertise and providing support to ensure these residents have the tools they need to look after the natural resources in their care means a healthier environment for all.