In August KCD held two public hearings and requested comments on a 2020-2024 plan of work. Thank you to all who participated. Based on your input and support KCD forwarded a proposal to the King County Council that would allow us to continue the important habitat restoration, farm and forest planning, community engagement, education, and landowner financial support work we currently do. In addition, it would make sure that our wildfire preparedness and agricultural drainage improvement programs could thrive on secure funding for the next five years.
KCD’s Work Depends on a Fully Funded Rate Renewal
King County Local Services, Regional Roads & Bridges Committee
Council Chambers, King County Courthouse, 10th floor
516 Third Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
The first hearing for our proposed plan of work and corresponding rate is scheduled for November 13th before the King county Council. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to tell Council how important KCD is. In the ecosystem of conservation organizations KCD fills a unique niche, working in partnership with private landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices on private properties. Over the last five years, KCD has planted more than 145,000 trees and shrubs, helped dozens of communities reduce their risk of wildfires, brought hundreds of farm acres back into production, put millions of dollars into local community food resiliency and farm programs, and educated thousands of students by giving them their first introduction to environmental conservation.
For an average annual one time per parcel fee of just over $13.00 ($13.02 to be exact) — less than 4 cents a day — you can ensure that KCD continues to serve you and your community — bringing Better Ground to King County’s forests, fields, streams and tables.
Let Us Know If You Can Be There!
Let us know if we can count on you to join us at the hearing.
Reach Out to Your County Councilmember
If you have a unique story to tell about your experience with KCD please share it.
If you would like an easy way to express your support feel free to use this sample letter:
Dear Councilmember ____________________,
I am writing to urge you to support the funding renewal for King Conservation District. For an average annual one time per parcel fee of just over $13.00 ($13.02 to be exact) — less than 4 cents a day — KCD can continue to support our work in your district and provide important services that benefit the entire region.
KCD’s programs and support allow any property owner or member of the community to take local conservation into their own hands, and I’m grateful they are here to help.
Across King County, KCD has supported shoreline restoration projects for rivers, streams, and marine shorelines. They’ve led more than 400 best land management practices, taught wildfire preparedness courses, provided urban tree canopy assessments, and worked with individuals on agricultural drainage to return farmland to production. KCD has also led educational events in to introduce kids and community members to ways they can preserve our local environment.
The attention and level of detail KCD brings to King County’s forests, agricultural land, shorelines, and waterways is incredibly granular—but the impact of their work is huge. They play an essential role in our county engaging community around stewarding and protecting our environment and driving local action to address climate change, save our salmon and orcas, and preserve our waterways and tree canopies.
Over the last five years, KCD’s numbers are impressive—planting more than 145,000 trees and shrubs, putting millions of dollars into local community food resiliency and farm programs, and educating thousands of students by giving them their first introduction to environmental conservation. Without KCD’s outreach, finances, staff, and effort, this extremely important work simply would not get done.
The King County Council has the opportunity now to ensure KCD continues leading these programs and projects — and more — for the next five years. Supporting a renewal and additional resources for KCD is one of the most important things the County Council can do to help the residents and landowners in King County preserve our local environment, wildlife, and habitat; invest in local agriculture and farming, improve the private forests that play such a critical role in our regional tree canopy, and take local action to address climate change.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope local conservationists and KCD can count on your continued support.
You can also submit comments or a letter in support of KCD and the rates and charges renewal in the form below: