Lynnwood likely will receive major conservation funding for Seabrook property from Snohomish County

MyNNNThe city of Lynnwood appears to be on its way to securing major conservation funding from Snohomish County.

The county’s Conservation Futures Advisory Board made its final recommendations last week on 30 applications. Lynnwood’s application for the Seabrook property (13.02 acres) was on the list recommended by the Board to receive conservation funding.

Nearly $25 million in bond funding to preserve open space, farm and agricultural land and timber land throughout Snohomish County is expected to be approved this fall by the Snohomish County Council. Snohomish County Executive John Lovich will pass those funding recommendations to the County Council for final review and approval.

Lynnwood applied for a $7,026,600 and the Board recommended $5,000,000. Lynnwood’s proposal was the most expensive.

Applications for the Edmonds waterfront, Terrace Creek Park addition (Mountlake Terrace) and Brier Nature Park also were recommended by the Board.

“This is a unique opportunity to conserve vulnerable habitat and open areas in our county,” said County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “Protecting the 13-acre Seabrook property and adding to park land at Lake Stickney and at the Edmonds waterfront are important steps toward preserving green spaces in our urban neighborhoods.

The county’s Conservation Futures Program began in 1988 as a way to distribute Conservation Futures Property Tax Funds authorized by state law. The county uses funds to acquire real property interests or rights in order to preserve open space, farm and agricultural land, and timber land. The county can levy up to six and one-quarter cents per thousand dollars on taxable property in the County to acquire open space.


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