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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 10, 2022
Andrew Deffobis, Interim Senior Planner-Community Planning, (360) 786-5467 or andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us  

Thurston County Accepting Applications for Conservation Futures Funding
Applications due by 5 p.m. on February 28

​OLYMPIA – Thurston County is asking landowners with qualified projects to apply for 2022 Conservation Futures funding. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28. This is a great opportunity for landowners who want their land to remain undeveloped but would like the financial benefits of selling their property. 

Conservation Futures is a land preservation program that allows landowners to sell their property or future development rights to a qualified conservation organization. To be eligible, a property must contain unique or valuable wildlife habitat, agricultural, forestry, historic, or recreational features. Applications must be sponsored by an eligible organization such as a land trust or city government.

For more information or to download the application, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/incentives-conservation-futures.aspx

How to Apply
 Complete the application and submit:

  • Via email: andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us 
  • In person: Board of County Commissioners Office, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 269 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr., Olympia 
  • Via mail: Thurston County, ATTN: Andrew Deffobis, CPED, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 
This program is made possible by a statewide Conservation Futures tax levy first authorized by the legislature in 1971. Thurston County began collecting the tax levy in 1989 and uses the funds to make conservation purchases, resulting in more than 5,400 acres of preserved farmland, historic sites, recreational, and wildlife habitat.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3