Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board Special Meeting and Celebration

Celebrating the Successful Acquisition of Approximately 5,000 Acres of Open Space

The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board announces the successful acquisition of approximately 5,000 acres of open space for public use and enjoyment. A celebration will be held on August 11, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the County Administration Building East on the Snohomish County Campus in Public Meeting Rooms 1 and 2.

1.   1.    Conservation Futures Program Start

a. Washington State created a Conservation Futures Program by Senate Bill No. 185 in 1971 which authorized purchases by counties, cities, towns or metropolitan municipal corporations to purchase development rights termed “conservation futures” and certain other rights and interests in real property and provided a method of taxation by counties to finance such purchases.

b. Snohomish County created a Conservation Futures Program on November 23rd 1988 by Ordinance No. 88-097. The Ordinance authorized Snohomish County to levy taxes authorized by RCW 84.34.230 to provide a reliable and predictable funding source to help acquire interests in open space, wetlands, farm and agricultural land, and timber land in in both the unincorporated an incorporated portions of Snohomish County.

2.  Historic Acquisitions – Between 1988 and 2010, the Conservation Futures Program has contributed over fifty million ($50,000,000) dollars in funding to assist in acquiring approximately 5,000 acres of open space.

3. On March 20, 2013, the Snohomish County Council approved Ordinance No. 13-018 which provided twenty five million dollars ($25,000,000) of bond proceeds to the Conservation Futures program, for funding eligible projects.

4. In addition, between 2011 and 2016 a number of non-bond projects were funded through the Conservation Futures program.  In total over six million dollars ($6,000,000) was expended on funding eligible projects. This brings the total of bonded and non-bonded projects to over $31 million between 2011 and 2016.

5. The current celebration includes projects from 2011 to present, which includes bond funded projects and non-bond funded projects. In total sixteen (16) projects were acquired by cities, three (3) projects by non-profits, and twenty (20) projects by the County.

6. The list below includes completed projects from 2011 to 2016:

Sponsor

Project

Acquisition Type

Conservation Futures Contribution

Acres

City of Brier Brier Nature Park Fee Simple

$553,355

5.17

City of Bothell Boy Scout Property Fee Simple

$200,000

31.45

City of Edmonds Civic Field Fee Simple

$500,000

6.02

City of Everett Deckman Property Fee Simple

$347,268

1.78

City of Granite Falls Lake Gardner Park Addition Fee Simple

$24,918

23

City of Lynnwood Seabrook Property Acquisition Fee Simple

$5,000,000

13.02

City of Marysville Crane Property Acquisition (Qwuloolt Trail Project) Fee Simple

$240,000

10.13

City of Mountlake Terrace Terrace Creek Park Addition Fee Simple

$280,921

3.02

City of Mukilteo & Forterra Japanese Gulch Fee Simple

$3,297,500

116.41

City of Snohomish Stocker Farm Property Acquisition Fee Simple

$500,000

23.39

City of Stanwood Ovenell Port Susan Bay Estuary Habitat Fee Simple

$1,289,215

62.78

City of Stanwood Stillaguamish River – Tidal Estuary Access Fee Simple

$156,000

2.01

City of Sultan Sultan River Nature Trails Fee Simple & Lease

$324,600

3.36

Forterra Lower Wallace River Fee Simple

$279,031

238.14

Forterra Riverbend Farm Fee Simple

$100,000

130

Forterra Whitehorse Stilly (Pending) Fee Simple

$250,000

33

Forterra/Snohomish County Port Susan Farms, LLC. Easement

$904,948

194.31

PCC Farmland Trust Bailey Farm Easement

$582,000

287.45

Snohomish County PDR – Cabe Farm Easement

$181,000

33.29

Snohomish County PDR – People’s Ranch Easement

$33,620

321.26

Snohomish County PDR – Willie Green’s Organic Farm Easement

$341,000

42.38

Snohomish County Eastside Rail Fee Simple

$3,508,000

170.36

Snohomish County Esperance School Acquisition – SW County UGA Fee Simple

$823,950

3.35

Snohomish County Flowing Lake Park Fee Simple

$1,630,910

156.63

Snohomish County Heybrook Ridge – Multiple Parcels Fee Simple

$299,000

9.13

Snohomish County Hooven Bog (Bear Creek Headwaters) Acquisition & Restoration Fee Simple

$1,650,000

60.92

Snohomish County Hwy 530 Memorial Fee Simple

$131,832

13.37

Snohomish County Lake Stickney Addition Fee Simple

$1,304,950

2.47

Snohomish County Meadowdale Park Access Acquisition Fee Simple

$508,285

1.43

Snohomish County O’Reilly Acres Fee Simple

$612,275

117.99

Snohomish County Steelhead County Park Fee Simple

$170,378

23.55

Snohomish County Storm Lake Waterfront Fee Simple

$1,250,000

163.89

Snohomish County West Lake Roesiger Easement

$933,692

202.03

Snohomish County West Lake Roesiger Fee Simple

$439,913

43.49

Snohomish County Whitehorse Trail Fortson Mill Acquisition – Dashiell Fee Simple

$264,614

16.15

Snohomish County Whitehorse Trailhead Fee Simple

$352,328

3.53

Town of Darrington Dashiell Land Purchase Fee Simple

$149,500

0.83

Town of Darrington Evans Land Acquisition Phase 2 Fee Simple

$81,347

5.2

Town of Woodway Deer Creek Park Fee Simple

$1,630,000

4.38

TOTALS

$31,126,350

2,580.07

Additional Info…

sourced – Tom Teigen, Director – Department of Parks and Recreation – Tom.Teigen@snoco.org

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