Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board


Invitation to Apply

Conservation Futures Program funding has been recommended by the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board to the Snohomish County Council for 5, 2019 projects. Please check back here for future grant rounds.

Application Updates

Please note the following significant changes in the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program (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 the 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 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.

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 fund recipients that have been determined to be out of compliance with project Interlocal or Acquisition Agreements and/or property Conservation Easements, 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 & Due Date

Conservation Futures Program funding has been recommended by the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board to the Snohomish County Council for 5, 2019 projects. Please check back here for future grant rounds.

Grant Application Package

The grant application package can be downloaded here:

  1. Grant Application Package (DOC)
  2. Grant Application Package (PDF)

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.

Contact David McConnell at 425-388-6627 for more information.


2019 Conservation Futures Board Matrix (PDF)

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings are held in early spring and late summer of each year and special meetings are scheduled as needed.

The special meeting of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board scheduled for August 30th 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in the Fair Administration building has been canceled.

The next regular meeting of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board will be scheduled for some time in February of 2020. Date, time and location to be determined.

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

Retiring Board Member Biographys

Ann Boyce

Ann is a native of the Seattle area and has spent many summers in the San Juan Islands on Lopez and Orcas Island - Lopez because of the family cabin, and Orcas because of camp counseling at YMCA Camp Orkila, where as a teen Voyager counselor, Ann and her group circumscribed Orcas Island by canoe. Ann is a graduate of Western Washington University in Biology.

Her favorite activities include spending many hours puttering around in the large yard and vegetable garden she grew up in - her parents have lived in the same house since 1958 in Richmond Beach, and she has returned home to help her parents age gracefully. Wanting to give back to her community, Ann became a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Snohomish County for 10 years, and is still in contact with her Little who is 24 now. Ann enjoys traveling the world and has visited Spain, Cuba, Ecuador and Egypt in the last two years, and also is an amateur photographer, sharing her photos by creating cards and framed gifts.

As a naturalist, Ann has gravitated to the non-profit world, having spent 11 years working with the Still-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force (currently known as Sound Salmon Solutions), and now helps small businesses and industry deal with stormwater pollution prevention as a Stormwater Outreach Manager. 

Her love of fish and the environment led her to apply to the CFPAB, and she is so grateful to have been a part of board that has left a lasting legacy for Snohomish County, preserving fish habitat, farm land, park lands and trails for future generations.

"I value all of the of the projects the board has worked on together, the fish habitat projects being closest to my heart.  I think the one I am most excited about coming to fruition is the Stanwood project(s) that melded estuary, fish access, farmland preservation, walking trails and water trails in a series of projects over several years. This is truly what the CFPAB is all about - a win for the community, multiple stakeholders, and the environment, all rolled into one!" -- Ann Boyce

Ann Boyce Bio-Photo, June 5th 2019

Dan Bartelheimer


I am a third generation farmer in the Snohomish river valley.  Farming i more than growing crops and raising cattle, it is about being a responsible steward so the land and natural resources will be there for future generations.

As a member of the  Snohomish County Conservations Futures board, I had been able to participate in selecting sites for future city and county parks.  Several hundred acres of agricultural land was identified and restrictive easements were placed on it to prevent it from being developed.  Future generations will benefit from the actions and stewardship of this board and the Snohomish County Parks Department -- Dan Bartelheimer

Dan Bartelheimer Bio-Photo June 5th 2019

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas and Minutes
Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
6/5/2019 Regular Meeting 06/05/2019 Agenda (PDF) 06/06/2019 Draft 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)