County Council amends Conservation Futures program ordinance

The Pierce County Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the county code related to the Conservation Futures program, established in 1991, which preserves open space, wetlands, wildlife habitat, timber land and agricultural lands.

The ordinance clarifies the Conservation Futures application process and procedures, imposes specific timelines intended to complete conservation futures transactions within 24 months of selection, addresses equity and carbon sequestration, and provides general pilot program modifications to include code updates.

“I’m really grateful for the thoughtfulness that has gone into the update,” Councilmember Ryan Mello said at the Feb. 21 council meeting. “Many of the updates, I think, streamline the administration of the Conservation Futures code, make it easier to use, and I’m looking forward to which programs come forward.”

• In other business, the council unanimously approved the appointment of two new members to the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources Advisory Board: Andrew Martin and Katherine Legge.


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