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.
King county will use this grant to purchase and permanently extinguish 25 development rights on about 173 acres of forestland at Camp Sealth, through the purchase of a conservation easement. The site is forested with Douglas fir with some stands of mixed red cedar, hemlock, and hardwoods. Future timber harvests will focus on forest health, control of laminated root rot, and generation of supplemental revenue. In addition, this project will create significant public trail connections across Vashon-Maury Island, a rural unincorporated area of King County. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working forestland.