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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 9, 2023
Andrew Deffobis, Senior Planner—Community Planning, (360) 786-5467 or andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us  

Thurston County Accepting Applications to Fund Conservation Projects
Applications to receive funding are due by 5 p.m. on February 28, 2023

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is seeking qualified projects to apply for Conservation Futures funding for 2023, with an application deadline of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. This is a great opportunity for landowners who wish for their land to remain undeveloped but would like the financial benefits of selling their property. 

Conservation Futures is a land preservation program allowing 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. 

How to Apply
Complete the application and submit:
  • Submit via email: andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us 
  • Submit in person: Board of County Commissioners Office, Suite 200 of the Atrium Building, 3000 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia 
  • Submit via mail: Thurston County, ATTN: Andrew Deffobis, CPED, 3000 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 
The program is made possible by a Conservation Futures tax levy first authorized by the legislature statewide in 1971. Thurston County began collecting the tax levy in 1989 and uses these funds to make conservation purchases, resulting in over 5,600 acres of preserved farmland, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat. 


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3