Conservation Futures is a land preservation program that protects, preserves, maintains, improves, restores, and limits the future use of threatened areas of open space, timberlands, wetlands, habitat areas, culturally significant sites, and agricultural farmlands within Island County.
Conservation Futures Funds are a useful tool for counties to preserve land of public interest for future generations and are encouraged to use some conservation futures as one tool for salmon preservation purposes.
Island County's Comprehensive Plan identifies that unique or distinctive lands may be preserved in recognition of the irreplaceable character of such resources and of their importance to the quality of life of residents and visitors to Island County. The Conservation Futures Program is an important source of funding to achieve those goals.
The Conservation Futures Program is a competitive annual grant with proposed projects reviewed and ranked by a Citizens Advisory Board and County Staff.
Organizations located within Island County eligible to apply for Conservation Futures Funds are Island County government, cities, town, special purpose districts, non-profit nature conservancy organizations (as defined in RCW 84.34.250), and non-profit historic preservation organizations (as defined in RCW 64.04.130).
The following links are to various Conservation Futures Program documents:
Current Program ProceduresProperties funded by the Conservation Futures Program
The Island County Conservation Futures Program is accepting applications from eligible organizations for a share of the 2018 annual allocation of the Conservation Futures Fund (CFF) for Maintenance and Operations projects (M&O). CFF M&O project funds may only be used for properties already purchased with Conservation Futures Funds.
Due to the quality and number of projects awarded funding in previous cycles, no applications for acquisition projects are being accepted at this time. The Board of County Commissioners is only seeking applications for M&O projects during the current 2018 funding cycle.
The organizations that are eligible to receive Conservation Futures Funds (CFF) include Island County government, cities, towns, special purpose districts, non-profit nature conservancy organizations (as defined in RCW 84.34.250), and non-profit historic preservation organizations (as defined in RCW 64.04.130).
Application information is available from Island County General Service Administration (GSA) located at 1 NE 7th Street, Room 200, Coupeville, Washington (mailing address PO Box 5000, Coupeville WA 98239-5000) or at this website.
Eligible M&O projects will be reviewed directly by the Board of County Commissioners. If additional funds become available, applications for acquisition projects may be requested later in 2018.
To be considered in the 2018 funding cycle, completed applications for M&O projects must be returned to the GSA office no later than 4:00 pm, Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. For further information please contact Don Mason, Program Coordinator at (360) 679-7378 or (360) 321-5111 ext. 7378 from South Whidbey or (360) 629-4522 ext. 7378 from Camano Island.
For the 2017 Conservation Futures funding cycle, the following acquisition projects were approved for funding:
(Note: The applicant, WCLT, withdrew its application for the Pearson Shoreline Project.)
For the 2017 Conservation Futures funding cycle, the following maintenance and operations (M&O) applications were approved for funding:
The Citizens' Advisory Board (CAB) met on April 5th in public meeting and reviewed the proposed acquisition projects. The CAB's Recommendation and meeting documents are:
For the 2016 Conservation Futures funding cycle the following projects were authorized for funding:
2016 CFF CAB Recommendations ISLAND COUNTY PARKS - DOUBLE BLUFF M&O
ISLAND COUNTY PARKS- DILLON PROPERTY M&O
WHIDBEY CAMANO LAND TRUST - TRILLIUM FOREST M&O
ISLAND COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD - SWAN LAKE M&O
During the 2015 Conservation Futures funding cycle the following projects were authorized for funding:
ISLAND COUNTY PARKS - DILLON PROPERTY ACQUISITION
WHIDBEY CAMANO LAND TRUST - FAKKEMA FARM CONSERVATION EASEMENT ACQUISITION
ISLAND COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD - IVERSON PRESERVE M&O