King County seeks Rural Forest Commission Applicants 

Applicants wanted to advise on forestland conservation, economic development  programs affecting rural forests. Applications are due Aug. 30.

The King County Rural Forest Commission – a 13-member, volunteer advisory group appointed by the King County Executive – is actively recruiting three new members to guide policy and programs in the coming years. Applicants must be residents of King County who have a working knowledge of King County forestry and a strong commitment to conserving forestland in the county.

The Commission advises King County on long-term conservation of forestland and economic development considerations in rural forestry. The Commission intends to represent an array of rural forest interests, and applicants are sought who reflect and represent the spectrum of rural forestry stakeholders.

Specifically, King County is seeking applicants who represent the following interests: •Advocates of non-timber values of forestland, such as environmental, protection, recreation and open space; and

•Residential forest landowners with greater than 20 acres of rural forestland enrolled in the King County Department of Assessments’ Forestland Designation program.

Applications will also be welcomed from: •Residential forest landowners with less than 20 acres of forestland in King County;

•Rural forest landowners with greater than 40 acres of rural forestland in King County; and

•Affected Tribes.

Commission members are asked to volunteer for a minimum term of three years. Duties include attending bi-monthly meetings from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Thursday of the month, usually at the Preston Community Center, and occasional subcommittee meetings and conference calls.

To request an application, contact Richard Martin at richard.martin@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3876. To learn more about the Commission, visit kingcounty.gov/forestry and follow the link for the Rural Forest Commission. The application deadline is Aug. 30.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Logan Harris, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4516