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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
​Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner-Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 786-5467 or email at andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.

Thurston County Announces 2021 Conservation Futures Funding Availability
Applications to receive funding are due by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2021

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved funding for the Conservation Futures Program for 2021, including new ranking criteria related to salmon recovery. The purpose of the new ranking criteria is to encourage projects that aid in salmon recovery across the region. 

Conservation Futures is a land preservation program allowing landowners to sell property or future development rights to a qualified conservation organization, such as a land trust. Applications for funding are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021, and must be sponsored by an eligible entity such as a land trust or city government. 
To be eligible, a property must contain unique or valuable wildlife habitat, agricultural, forestry, historic, or recreational features.

The Conservations Futures Program is made possible by a Conservation Futures tax levy 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 2020, Thurston County taxpayers paid a rate of approximately four cents per $1,000 assessed value.

For more information about the Conservation Futures Program and to find the application, visit the county’s Conservation Futures webpage. You can also contact Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner, at Andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us

Application Submission Options
  • Submit via email to andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us
  • Submit in person to: Board of County Commissioners Office, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 269 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr., Olympia
  • Submit via mail to: Thurston County, ATTN: Andrew Deffobis, CPED, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3