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.

Jefferson County Conservation Futures Program Citizen Oversight Committee Vacancies: Three Open Interest Seats

The Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee members make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the selection and funding of open space projects utilizing the Conservation Futures Fund. The Board of County Commissioners seeks representation on the committee from each commissioner district and a broad spectrum of interests. There are currently three vacancies for citizens to represent distinct interests. Examples of interests include parks and recreation, user groups, agriculture, forestry, conservation organizations and real estate. The committee meets approximately five times per year with the majority of activities occurring in April. Interested individuals should send a letter or email to the program administrator or the Office of the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (email: jeffbocc@co.jefferson.wa.us) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to request an application. This is a non-paid position. For more information, contact program administrator Tami Pokorny, Jefferson County Environmental Public Health at Ph: (360) 379-4498 or email tpokorny@co.jefferson.wa.us. Visit the Conservation Futures program website at https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/560/Conservation-Futures-Program.


Upcoming Meetings

Emergency Meeting to Respond to CoVid-19 Recommendations

Monday, March 30 10-11am Remote Access Only

Draft Agenda

VOICE ONLY – SOUND & SYSTEMS CHECK beginning at 9:45AM

Internet-based computer audio:

Enter into your web browser: https://zoom.us/j/456811163

Or, by phone:

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Dial: 6699006833

Access Code: 456811163#


2020 Funding Cycle Draft Calendar


Grants Available for Open Space Projects

Please request a Word version of the application at tpokorny@co.jefferson.wa.us or 360/379-4498.

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Meeting Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Current Committee Members

  • David Seabrook, Food Security
  • Mary Biskup, Citizen - District 1
  • David Wilkinson, Citizen - District 1
  • Joanne Pontrello - District 2
  • Phil Andrus, Citizen - District 2
  • Lige Christian, Citizen - District 3
  • JD Gallant - Citizen - District 3
  • Richard Jahnke, Coastal Areas
  • Lorna Smith, Ecotourism
  • Ray Hunter, Fallow Farms
  • Scott Brinton, Agriculture
  • Craig Schrader, Climate Change
  • Rob Harbour, Working Lands

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