Forestland Preservation grants help improve opportunities for forest management activity and improve the long-term growth and harvest of timber. These projects help protect many different kinds of forests, including, but not limited to, large-scale industrial forests, small private landowner forests, community forests, and tribally - or publicly-owned and managed forests.
The King County Parks and Recreation Division will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve 280 acres of forestland at Camp Sealth. The agreement would prevent future residential development permanently. The 381-acre Camp Sealth contains mature second-growth forest and is operated as a youth summer camp for 500 annual campers. For more than 25 years, Camp Sealth has cut trees, mostly to promote forest health, reduce the spread and threat from laminated root rot, and generate money for camp operations. King County will contribute more than $3 million in cash and Conservation Futures.