Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board


At the March 24th 2021 regular meeting, the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board decided to open a second 2021 grant round this summer. Details on how to apply for grant round 2 are below.

The Board also recommended funding for two projects:

  1. CF21-01, Heybrook Ridge County Park – South Addition
  2. CF21-03, Stillaguamish Valley Protection - Albert Farm

Invitation to Apply

EVERETT, Wash., June 7, 2021—The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted from Monday, June 7, 2021 to Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm for potential funding assistance from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program. The CFPAB anticipates application review at the Wednesday, September 15, 2021 board meeting and recommendation to the Snohomish County Council in October 2021. Successful program funding is available on a reimbursement basis. It is anticipated that a maximum amount of $3 to $4 million may be available during this grant round for distribution to eligible organizations or jurisdictions per Snohomish County Code Section 4.14.

Program Requirements 

Please note the following requirements for the SCCFP grant process:

  • A Preliminary Title Report is required with all applications, for each property proposed to be acquired.
  • Applicants may be determined ineligible for application for SCCFP funding if they are determined to be out of compliance with prior SCCFP projects (see Allocation Policies).
  • Funding for awarded projects will be provided on a reimbursable basis only, following project completion, and will be limited to the amount allocated by County Council, or that percentage of the total project cost, as indicated in the original grant application for Conservation Futures funding, whichever is less.  Documentation of match and total project costs will be required.  Exceptions to the requirement that funding is only provided as a reimbursement may be allowed on a case-by-case basis.  If this is an anticipated need, applicants should check with staff prior to applying.
  • A Boundary Line Survey will be required for all successful acquisitions and must be submitted as part of project close out.

Allocation Policies

  • Snohomish County will allocate Conservation Futures Program funds on a competitive basis through an application and evaluative project selection process.
  • Matching funds are encouraged but not required.
  • Funding to successful awardees is provided only on a reimbursable basis once the project is complete. Extensions to this policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants should check with staff prior to applying.
  • Projects may be funded at a level below the amount requested by the project sponsor, as recommended by the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (the "CFPAB) and forwarded through the Snohomish County Executive to the Snohomish County Council for review and final consideration for funding approval.
  • Prior grant recipients that have been determined to be out of compliance with project Agreements shall not be eligible to apply for additional funding until the compliance issue(s) have been corrected to the satisfaction of Snohomish County.

Application Submission and Due Date

Grant applications and accompanying attachments must be received no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted. Final grant applications shall be submitted by mail, or electronically, using information provided on the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board webpage. No hand delivered submissions will be accepted. If submitting by mail, the submittal must be received by the submission deadline. Submittals shall consist of eight double-sided copies of the application along with one digital copy (.pdf).  In addition to submittal materials, all applicants are required to provide a brief presentation about the proposed project to the CFPAB at the Sept. 15, 2021 meeting.

**PLEASE NOTE** Due to COVID19, the board meeting and grant presentations may be held via Zoom, or may be held in person. Applicants will be notified prior to the scheduled meeting of the meeting method. 

Grant Application Package

The grant application package can be downloaded here:

  1. 2021 Grant Application Package, Round 2 06-07-2021 (DOCX)

About the Board

The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program was started in 1988 as a way to distribute Conservation Futures Property Tax Funds as authorized by RCW 84.34.230. The purpose of this funding is to acquire interests, or rights, in real property for the preservation of open space, farm and agricultural land, and timber land per SCC 4.14.010. These resources are available through the County’s authority to levy up to six and one-quarter cents per thousand dollars on all taxable property within the County for the purpose of acquiring open space.

The Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) makes recommendations to the Snohomish County Council for projects to be funded as part of the Conservation Futures Program, and develop strategic, long-range plans for the program. Recommendations from the CFPAB are forwarded to the Snohomish County Executive for transmittal to the County Council for final action. The CFPAB consists of the County Executive (or designee); two members of County Council; one elected official selected by all cities and towns whose population base, independently, is 10,000 or greater, one elected official selected by all cities and towns whose population base, independently, is less than 10,000, and two members representing citizens of Snohomish County. Board members serve four-year terms.

Since 1988 over $80 million dollars has been expended to acquire land or easements throughout the county by Snohomish County, cities and towns and eligible non-profit organizations, as allowed by state law.


2020 Conservation Futures Board Matrix (PDF) - Updated 02//252021.

Retiring Board Member Carla Nichols

Biography Photo, Carla Nichols, 2021

Carla grew up in the middle of an orchard of trees bearing red delicious apples, and that might have been why she acquired an awareness for natural elements, especially trees.  Healthy land and trees provided a living for her family in a small town in eastern Oregon.  Carla attended Whitman College and later earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.  She will be celebrating her fiftieth wedding anniversary this spring with her husband, Dean.  Together they have raised three sons and now have four, soon to be, five grandchildren.

Washington State is the fifth state Carla has lived in.  She was employed at King County government as a program administrator for one decade and served as volunteer mayor for the Town of Woodway for two decades.  She seems to do things in increments of decades!

Carla’s participation on the Conservation Futures Board was an opportunity to create a legacy of preserving land for future Snohomish County residents.   The County’s approach to land use has been smart in that development is matched by public funds for the purchase of valuable land that can be shared and enjoyed by the public. A highlight of her Conservation Board tenure was in 2013 the County issued a bond measure so that the Conservation Futures program could be infused with approximately $25 million in funding for purchases of 18 new and exciting projects scattered throughout the County.  She feels honored to have been a part of that collective effort.

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings are held in early spring and summer of each year and special meetings are scheduled as needed. The meeting location will be advertised in advance of each meeting. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.

The next regular meeting of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board is scheduled on Wednesday September 15th, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and may be held as a Zoom meeting or in person. Additional meeting details will be posted here.

Date:                           Wednesday September 15th, 2021.

Log-In Time or 

Doors Open:             5:00 p.m. . to 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Time:           5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. approximately.

Place:                         Zoom meeting or in-person, to be determined.

Topics:                       Regular business meeting. Agenda items may include:

                                   1.    Call To Order

                                   2.    Introduction of Board Members

                                   3.    Approval of Minutes

                                   4.    Public Comment

                                   5.    Administrative Updates

                                   6.    Status of Current Projects

                                   7.    Grant Round 2 Presentations

                                   8.    Board Deliberations

                                   9.    Schedule Next Meeting

Public Participation:  

If you would like to be notified of upcoming meetings, please contact David McConnell at 425-388-6627 or by email at

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas and Minutes
Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
09/15/2021 Regular Meeting 09/15/2021 Agenda (PDF) 09/15/2021 Draft Minutes Pending (PDF)
03/24/2021 Regular Meeting 03/24/2021 Agenda (PDF) 03/24/2021 Draft Minutes Pending (PDF)
12/01/2020 Special Meeting 12/01/2020 Agenda (PDF) 12/01/2020 Draft Minutes (PDF)
6/25/2020 Regular Meeting 6/25/2020 Agenda (PDF) 6/25/2020 Draft Minutes (PDF)
2/25/2020 Regular Meeting 2/25/2020 Agenda (PDF) 2/25/2020 Minutes (PDF)
6/5/2019 Regular Meeting 06/05/2019 Agenda (PDF) 06/06/2019 Minutes (PDF)
1/30/2019 Regular Meeting 01/30/2019 Agenda (PDF) 01/30/2019 Minutes  (PDF)
6/25/2018 Regular Meeting 6/25/2018 Agenda (PDF)
6/25/2018 Minutes (PDF)
3/21/2018 Regular Meeting 3/21/2018 - Agenda (PDF)
03/21/2018 Minutes (PDF)
4/5/2017 Reg-Meeting Continuation 4/5/2017 Agenda (PDF)
4/5/2017 Minutes (PDF)
3/30/2017 Regular Meeting 3/30/2017 Agenda (PDF)
3/30/2017 See 4/5/2017
12/20/2016 Special Meeting 12/20/2016 Agenda (PDF)
12/20/2016 Minutes (PDF)
8/30/2016 Special Meeting 8/30/2016 Agenda (PDF) - Location Changed! 8/30/2016 Minutes (PDF)
8/11/2016 Special Meeting/Celebration 8/11/2016 Agenda (PDF)
8/11/2016 Minutes (PDF)
1/27/2016 Regular Meeting 1/27/2016 Agenda (PDF)
1/27/2016-Meeting Postponed (PDF)
6/2/2015 Regular Meeting 6/2/2015 Agenda (PDF)
6/2/2015 Minutes (PDF)
1/28/2015 Regular Meeting 1/28/2015 Agenda (PDF)
1/28/2015 Minutes (PDF)
11/07/2014 Special Meeting 11/07/2014 Agenda (PDF)
11/07/2014 Minutes (PDF)
4/29/2014 Regular Meeting 4/29/2014 Agenda (PDF)
4/29/2014 Minutes (PDF)
1/30/2014 Regular Meeting 1/30/2014 Agenda (PDF)
1/30/2014 Minutes (PDF)
8/23/2013 Special Meeting 8/23/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/23/2013 Minutes (PDF)
8/21/2013 Special Meeting 8/21/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/21/2013 Minutes (PDF)
8/20/2013 Special Meeting 8/20/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/20/2013 Minutes (PDF)
5/1/2013 Regular Meeting 5/1/2013 Agenda (PDF)
5/1/2013 Minutes (PDF)
4/2/2013 Special Meeting 4/2/2013 Agenda (PDF)
4/2/2013 Minutes (PDF)
1/15/2013 Regular Meeting 1/15/2013 Agenda (PDF)
1/15/2013 Minutes (PDF)
09/26/2012 Special Meeting 09/26/2012 Agenda 09/26/2012 Minutes (PDF)
05/22/2012 Regular Meeting 05/22/2012 Agenda (PDF)
05/22/2012 Minutes (PDF)
05/09/2011 Regular Meeting 05/09/2011 Agenda (PDF)
05/09/2011 Minutes (PDF)
07/23/2010 Regular Meeting 07/23/2010 Agenda 07/23/2010 Minutes (PDF)