On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the King County Council unanimously approved a new 5-year rate structure for King Conservation District.
King Conservation District (KCD) is a metropolitan conservation district serving 34 cities and unincorporated King County. Over 2 million people call the district home, and staff is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to local food, healthy forests and clean water. By working with partners, farmers, rural landowners, urban residents, volunteers, community-based organizations and municipal partners, KCD extends the reach of programs and services and broadens the impact of its work to restore tree canopy, expand wildlife habitat and grow the regional food system.
Preserving and protecting green infrastructure, whether it be tree canopy, farms, or life-supporting clean waterways, becomes more critical as population grows and 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 the region. Transferring expertise and providing support to ensure residents have the necessary tools to look after the natural resources in their care means a healthier environment for all.
The new 5-year rate will allow KCD to continue to
- Support local agriculture and local food through farm conservation planning and business development assistance to local producers;
- Engage urban communities to improve food access;
- Expand work with communities to implement wildfire preparedness planning;
- Preserve and restore tree canopy in urban areas;
- Restore habitat critical for salmon and orca survival;
- Integrate equity and social justice into all aspects of this work.
Under the new rate structure, property owners will pay an average annual one time per year fee of $11.60 per parcel.