Cost-Share Funding Available for Natural Resource Management Practices

KCD empowers land managers to be better stewards of natural resources. KCD’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) provides landowners with cost-share assistance to support implementation of conservation practices on private property. Landowner expenses associated with pre-approved conservation practices are matched with KCD cost-share funding at a ratio of 50% to 90% of the total cost of projects. Cost-share ratios vary by conservation practice (see “Eligible Practices” listed below)

To receive funding, cost-share practices must be included in a farm management or other technical assistance plan prepared by KCD resource conservation staff.

Applications for 2018 will be accepted on a monthly basis through November.

To initiate the application process, contact your KCD Resource Planner.

To get assigned to a KCD Resource Planner and begin the planning process, fill out this survey.

Questions about cost-share? Contact Alex Martinsons, KCD Resource Specialist at 425-282-1951 or

Application Information & Considerations

  • Landowners and managers within the King Conservation District service area may apply.*
  • Eligible practices must be included in a KCD prepared farm management or other technical assistance plan and require advanced planning.
  • Maximum amounts apply to each eligible conservation practice.
  • Applicants may apply for only one practice at a time. (Exceptions apply)
  • Applicants will be notified of award within 15 business days of application deadline (See 2018 calendar for deadline dates).
  • There will be no reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the award of cost-share.
  • In-kind labor and use of personally owned machinery are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Project expenses will be reimbursed upon verification of practice implementation.
  • Applicants are expected to maintain the project for the lifetime of each funded practice.
  • Maintenance documentation will include site visits by KCD staff and photo documentation by the landowner.
  • Expenses reimbursed by the KCD Landowner Incentive Program are considered reportable income by the IRS.
  • Applications are prepared with support from your KCD Resource Planner. To initiate the process, contact your planner.

* Note: King Conservation District cost-sharing is available to all landowners within the District boundaries, which includes all of King County except for the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish.

Eligible Practices

Best Management Practice (click for a definition and pictures) % of Total Cost Reimbursable $/ Unit Max Practice Maximum Maximum Reimbursement
Aquatic Area Buffer Planting 90% $30,000/project $30,000 $27,000
Building Relocation from Aq. Area/Buffer 50% Case by case $20,000 $10,000
Bulkhead Removal 75% Case by case $40,000 $30,000
Buffer Fencing 75% $5/ft $30,000 $22,500
New! Cover Crops 90% $150/acre $22,500 $20,250
Forest Health Management 75% $30,000/project $30,000 $22,500
Heavy Use Protection Area 50% $1,400/ animal $40,000 $20,000
Coming Soon! Pasture Health Management 50% $325/acre $20,000 $10,000
Roof Run-off Structure 50% $7/ft $20,000 $10,000
Stream Crossings 75% $1,100/ft $40,000 $30,000
Subsurface Drain 50% $20/ft $20,000 $10,000
Waste Storage Facility 75% $1,000/animal $30,000 $22,500
Watering Facility 50% Case by case $20,000 $10,000

Example Calculation: Farmer Tim has 4 horses and would like to install a waste storage facility. KCD will reimburse 75% of a the total project cost, up to a practice cap of $1,000 per animal unit. Therefore, Farmer Tim’s practice cap is $4,000 (4 AU x $1,000/AU = $4,000 practice cap), and the maximum he can be reimbursed is $3,000 (75% of $4,000). Additionally, if the actual practice cost is below $4,000, he will be reimbursed no more than 75% of all eligible expenses associated with the actual project cost.

4 animal units X $1,000 per animal unit = $4,000 practice cap

KCD Reimburses 75% of actual expenses. If actual expenses = $4,000 then reimbursement will be $3,000.

$4,000 X .75 = $3,000 reimbursed to Farmer Time

Cover Crop Cost-Share Announcement

Program Details

Amendment Forms

Completed Project Forms

For all information regarding the program and previously awarded LIP cost-share contracts:
contact Alex Martinsons at 425-282-1951 or by email at

Aquatic Area Buffer


An area predominantly trees and/or shrubs located adjacent to and up-gradient from water course or water bodies.


Establish Trees and Shrubs in Riparian Forest Buffers to:

  • Create shade to lower or maintain water temperatures to improve habitat for aquatic
  • Create or improve riparian habitat and provide a source of detritus and large woody debris
  • Reduce excess amount of sediment, organic material, nutrients and pesticides in surface runoff and reduce excess nutrients and other chemicals in shallow groundwater flow
  • Reduce pesticide drift entering the water body
  • Improve forest health reducing the potential of damage from pests and moisture stress
  • Restore natural riparian plant communities
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Increase carbon storage in plant biomass and soils

Cover Crops

Cover Crop Cost-Share Announcement


Crops including grasses, legumes, and forbs for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes.


Primary Purposes:

  • Reduce erosion from wind and water.
  • Increase soil organic matter content.
  • Capture and recycle or redistribute nutrients in the soil profile.
  • Promote biological nitrogen fixation and reduce energy use.
Secondary Purposes:

  • Increase biodiversity.
  • Suppress weeds.
  • Manage soil moisture.
  • Minimize and reduce soil compaction.

Practice Criteria:

This practice is meant for cover crops planted in late summer/early fall and maintained through the winter. Cooperators can apply for this practice one time only. Each application will cover 3 years of implementation. Cooperators will be reimbursed after each season of planting cover crops.


OSU Establishing Winter Cover Crops

OSU Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator

eOrganic cover crop group

UC/SAREP Cover Crop Database

Managing Cover Crops Profitably

Midwest Cover Crops Council

McGuire, A (2003). Mustard Green Manures Replace Fumigant and Improve Infiltration in Potato Cropping System. Published online at the Plant Management Network

WSU Cover crops Resources

Cover Crops for Pacific Northwest Vineyards

Reduced Tillage in Organic Agriculture and Winter Cover Crops Field Day, WSU  Puyallup Research and Extension Center

NRCS Technical Note: Cover Crops

Forest Health Management

KCD’s Landowner Incentive Program awards cost-share funding up to $22,500 per landowner for implementing forest health management practices. To qualify, landowners must have an approved Forest Stewardship Plan and live within KCD’s services area.  Forest health management awardees can receive one Forest Health Management cost-share contract in their lifetime.  Below are the forest health management definition and cost-share eligible purposes. Learn about Forest Stewardship Planning via the KCD Rural Forest Health Management Program See our Landowner Incentive Program page for cost share application information.


Treatment of areas to improve site conditions for establishing trees and/or shrubs.

Establishing woody plants by planting seedlings or cuttings, direct seeding, or natural regeneration.

The manipulation of species composition, stand structure and stocking by cutting or killing selected trees and understory vegetation.


Site prep to:

  • Encourage natural regeneration of desirable woody plants
  • Permit artificial establishment of woody plants

Establish Shrubs/Trees to:

  • Increase the quantity and quality of forest products by manipulating stand density and structure
  • Harvest forest products
  • Initiate forest stand regeneration
  • Reduce wildfire hazard
  • Improve forest health reducing the potential of damage from pests and moisture stress
  • Restore natural plant communities
  • Achieve or maintain a desired native understory plant community for special forest products, grazing, and browsing
  • Improve aesthetic and recreation values
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Alter water yield

Establish woody plants for:

  • Forest products such as timber, pulpwood, and energy biomass
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Treating waste
  • Storing carbon in biomass
  • Energy conservation
  • Improving or restoring natural diversity
  • Enhancing aesthetics

Heavy Use Area Protection


The stabilization of areas frequently and intensively used by people, animals or vehicles by establishing vegetative cover, by surfacing with suitable materials, and/or by installing needed structures.


  • Reduce soil erosion
  • Improve water quantity and quality
  • Improve air quality
  • Improve aesthetics
  • Improve livestock health

Roof Runoff Structure