Conservation Futures Program

Grants Available for Open Space Projects

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners invites applications for projects to enhance the county's open spaces. The Conservation Futures Program and Fund help protect important wildlife habitat, agricultural and timber lands, visual buffers, scenic areas, and open space lands linked to parks, cultural and historic sites – all for the health, benefit and welfare of citizens. Projects must provide permanent protection of open space lands through the acquisition of real property or development rights or involve operations and maintenance costs for properties acquired with the Conservation Futures Fund.

In the 2018 funding cycle, approximately $275,000 is available to projects. Of this amount, up to $35,947 may be used to reimburse operations and maintenance expenses. A matching amount of at least 50% of the total project cost is required. 

To request a program manual and application, and for more information, email Tami Pokorny or call (360) 379-4498.

The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:30 PM to the Jefferson County Environmental Health Dept., 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368 or email to Tami Pokorny.

Workshops to explain the details of the Conservation Futures Program to agencies, groups and interested citizens are available by request throughout the year. 

See January 10th, 2018  Press Release "Jefferson County Invites Applications
for Open Space Projects".

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Current Committee Members

  • Sarah Spaeth, Jefferson Land Trust
  • Mary Biskup, Citizen - District 1
  • David Wilkinson, Citizen -District 1
  • Vacant - 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


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.

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