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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 6, 2020
Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 786-5467 or email at andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.

Thurston County Announces 2020 Conservation Futures Funding Availability
Applications to receive funding are due by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2020

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners 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 or contact Andrew Deffobis at

Application Submission Options

  • Submit via email to
  • Submit in person to: Board of County Commissioners Office, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 269 of the Thurston County Courthouse
  • Submit via mail to: Thurston County, ATTN: Andrew Deffobis, CPED, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502


County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3