Conservation Futures Program

Overview

Jefferson County Conservation Futures is a local grant program funded by the conservation futures fund, a tax levy intended to support a system of open space, working farms, forests and habitat that provides public benefits. Projects involve the purchase of property or development rights and, sometimes, the maintenance and operation of properties acquired.

Applications will be accepted through March 25, 2023. Request application materials and additional information by emailing tpokorny@co.jefferson.wa.us or call 360-379-4498.

In the 2023 funding cycle, approximately $230,000 is available to new projects. Of this amount, up to approximately $43,000 is available to reimburse operations and maintenance expenses for any property acquired with the Conservation Futures Fund. A minimum matching amount of 50% of the total project cost is required of the project sponsor. Sources of match must be non-county funds such as private contributions, state or federal grants, or the value of other open space lands linked to the project.

Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee Meetings

March 28th, 2023 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Site Visits: in-person
A video will be made available in early April
Agenda TBD

April 4, 2023 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Project presentation meeting
Likely have in-person and remote access options - watch this space for updates
Agenda TBD

April 25, 2023 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Project presentation meeting
Likely have in-person and remote access options - watch this space for updates
Agenda TBD 

IN-PERSON Location, As Applicable:
JCPH Pacific Room; 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend (This is a healthcare facility, and masks are required.) 

Submit comments/correspondence to tpokorny@co.jefferson.wa.us up to 11:59 p.m. the day before the meeting. 
Contact tpokorny@co.jefferson.wa.us for more information.


Conservation Futures Projects Map

Current Committee Members

  • Vacant, Interest
  • Mary Biskup, Citizen - District 1
  • David Wilkinson, Citizen - District 1
  • Joanne Pontrello - District 2
  • Vacant, Citizen - District 2
  • Guy Dobyns, Citizen - District 3
  • Kalyn Marab - Citizen - District 3
  • Richard Jahnke, Coastal Areas
  • Cameron Jones, Equity
  • Jessica Randall, Ecosystem Services
  • Craig Schrader, Climate Change
  • Rob Harbour, Working Lands
  • Ron Rempel, Wildlife Conservation Biology
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Project Applications

Past Projects

View by year, the Past Funded Projects page and in addition various past projects of the Conservation Futures Program included:
  • Brown Dairy
  • Carleson Chimacum Creek
  • Chimacum Creek Estuary
  • East and Upper Tarboo Creek
  • Finnriver Farm
  • Gateway Buffer
  • Glendale Farm
  • Quimper Wildlife Corridor 2004 and 2009
  • Salmon Creek Riparian
  • Sunfield Farm
  • Tamanowas Rock Phase I
  • Tamanowas Rock and Nicholson Short Plat
  • Upper Tarboo Creek Conservation Easement
  • Winona Basin - Bloedel
  • Winona Wetland Buffer