The cities of Bothell and Kenmore would receive nearly $700,000 from the Conservations Futures program to go toward the North Creek Forest and Swamp Creek Wetland projects under the proposed 2013 King County budget.
“This proposed funding recommendation is great news for the citizens of Bothell and Kenmore,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, who represents Kenmore and Bothell on the County Council. “One of my priorities for the budget is making sure that funding for these important projects is approved.”
The proposed allocations are part of the county’s Conservation Futures program, which is funded by a dedicated portion of property taxes. Under state law, the Conservation Futures Tax Levy revenue can only be used for open space acquisitions. The projects in Kenmore and Bothell were recommended by the Conservation Futures Citizens Committee and were included the King County Executive’s proposed 2013 budget.
In Bothell, $500,000 would be used to acquire an additional 27 acres of the North Creek Forest. One mile from Bothell’s City Hall, North Creek Forest is home to a broad array of wildlife and includes wetlands and streams critical to the North Creek watershed.
“The city of Bothell is extremely grateful to King County for its help in preserving this beautiful and important forest, which benefits our environment and the citizens of Bothell directly,” stated Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb.
The Swamp Creek Wetland project in Kenmore is recommended to receive $185,218 to secure 1.6 acres of land adjacent to Wallace Swamp Creek Park. The property is a wetland that supports Kenmore’s heron colony.
“The city of Kenmore is extremely appreciative to King County and Councilmember Bob Ferguson for his help in securing funds that not only assists the City with relocating a family from a flood prone area, but protects open space and habitat,” said David Baker, Kenmore’s mayor.