City, residents lobbying for $7 million to preserve open space

Sonja Brisson, who lives near Meadowdale County Park in Edmonds, is part of a group that wants a parcel of land near the park to be purchased so it won’t be developed. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

This week, the Snohomish County Conservation Futures advisory council began listening to $34 million in proposals from cities, the nonprofit conservation group Forterra, and the Snohomish County Parks Department, all competing for $25 million in public money, our news partner, the Seattle Times reports.

Made possible by Snohomish County’s recent bond sales, backed by property taxes, Conservation Futures is designated for preserving open space, agricultural or timber property.

In Snohomish County, Lynnwood’s proposal is the most costly — purchasing Seabrook Heights, in Lynnwood’s future annexation area, for $7 million. On Tuesday, a group of more than 30 citizens belonging to the Citizens for a Greater Norma Beach Neighborhood gathered at the meeting to lobby for the purchase.

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