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Posted on: August 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board Special Meeting and Celebration

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tom Teigen, Director
                Department of Parks and Recreation
               Tom.Teigen@snoco.org
               425-388-6600 Ext. 6617

Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board Special Meeting and Celebration

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

EVERETT, Wash., August 8, 2016—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.       Conservation Futures Program Start

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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

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