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King Conservation District, March 2015
King Conservation District
KCD Native Plant Sale
Sets New Records
     Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the 2015 King Conservation District Native Plant Sale a great success! More than 700 people purchased a record 54,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers in our sale Saturday, February 28th.
     In addition, the Native Plant Community Fair held in conjunction with the sale drew lots of visitors. Participating organizations included the Washington Native Plant Society, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, Newcastle Weed Warriors, City Fruit, SHADOW, Nook & Cranny Farm Mushrooms, Scarecrow's Pride, Natural Rainwater, The Little Red Hen Project, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, and WSU Extension Forestry. For Plant Sale photos see our Facebook page.
      See our Bareroot Plants Fact Sheet for tips on installing native plants.
Become a
Native Plant Steward
      The Washington Native Plant Society provides a 10-week training program for volunteers who would like to join in helping restore native plant communities. Native Plant Stewards learn about Puget Sound ecosystems, forest ecology, ethnobotany, wetlands, invasive species, native plant landscaping, and habitat restoration.
       See the Washington Native Plant Society website to learn how to become a Native Plant Steward
KCD-Seattle Community
Partnership Grant
Workshops Announced
       The KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program supports projects that improve natural resources. Last year the partnership awarded a total of $371,976 in grants to 12 Seattle organizations and agencies. Brief summaries of last year's projects are available Here.
       Workshops are set for March 23 & 24 to provide details on the application process for this year's grant program. Register online for the free KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Workshops.
Celebrating Yesler Swamp
Habitat Restoration
       Last September KCD joined in celebrating the dedication of a raised boardwalk in Yesler Swamp near the UW campus, constructed in part with a $45,000 grant through the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership to Friends of Yesler Swamp.
       Seattle Councilmember Jean Godden led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and posted a detailed article on her website about the history and significance of Yesler Swamp.
Register for Free
Land & Water Stewardship Workshops
     KCD Land & Water Stewardship Workshops are designed to help livestock owners with practices to have less mud, improved pastures, better manure management, and healthy streams and wetlands.
     Our current workshop series is at the Preston Community Center. Upcoming topics and dates are Manure Management, March 5, and Pasture Management, March 19. For program details and online registration click Here.
Shopping for
Horse Property Workshop
March 26, Redmond
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will lead a workshop on what goes into selecting suitable horse properties. Learn how evaluating soils, vegetation, drainage and other aspects of a potential property can save you frustrations, heartache and money down the road. BONUS: Ideas on chore efficient set-ups! The workshop is free, but click here to Pre-Register.
Food Waste to Fertilizer
March 27, Issaquah
  
     Meet Larry LeSueur of WISErg to learn how his company is turning food waste into fertilizer at PCC Natural Markets in Issaquah.This innovative business idea is a win-win for everyone. It reduces landfill waste, keeps nutrient-rich runoff from reaching waterways, and creates environmentally safe fertilizer for lawns and gardens. We will meet outside the Issaquah PCC store on the east corner of the building.  Register for this FREE event Here. 

Calendar of Events

March 5: Manure Management Workshop, Preston
Develop a manure composting and utilization plan.
March 9: SnoValley Tilth Monthly Potluck & Meeting, Carnation
Learn about pasture-raised pork from Redfeather Farm.
March 10: KCD Board of Supervisors Election Deadline, Internet
Demonstrate your support for resource conservation.
March 14: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
March 14: Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale, Seattle
Select from hundreds of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits for your early spring garden.
March 19: Pasture Management Workshop, Preston
Develop a pasture management plan for improved livestock forage.
March 21: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
March 23 & 24: Community Grants Workshops, Seattle
Get detailed information on how to apply for KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grants.
March 26: Shopping for Horse Property, Redmond
Learn how to evaluate property before you buy.
March 27: Food Waste to Fertilizer, Issaquah
Meet Larry LeSueur of WISErg and learn how his company is turning food waste into fertilizer 
March 31: Watershed Improvement District/Drainage Meeting, Carnation
Collaborate with Snoqualmie Valley landowners to secure water rights and improve field drainage.
Cast Your Vote in the 2015 KCD Board Election Through March 10th
     Voting is underway for one elected position on the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Show your support for local food, healthy forests and clean water by casting your vote in the KCD election by March 10th.
     All ballots are to be submitted online. For voters without access to the Internet, we have a voting station at the KCD office and votes can be cast at public libraries. Details and a link to the candidate statement are available at KCD Board of Supervisors Election.
Applications Open for Appointment to
KCD Board of Supervisors
      The King Conservation District Board of Supervisors includes three positions elected by the general public and two positions appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. This spring the Board will have one appointed position open. Completed applications are due to the Washington State Conservation Commission no later than March 31. See the WSCC website for a link to the "Application for Appointment as a CD Supervisor" www.scc.wa.gov/elections
Revitalizing Agriculture
in the Snoqualmie Valley
     Water availability and management are major issues for local farmers. The King Conservation District is collaborating with the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance (SVPA) and King County Stormwater Services on a survey of landowners in the Snoqualmie Agricultural Production District to document field drainage problems. The Snoqualmie survey is the starting point for a county-wide agricultural drainage assessment.
       Tuesday, March 31st, SVPA will host a Watershed Improvement District and Drainage Meeting at the SnoValley Senior Center in Carnation. The meeting, which starts at 5:00 PM, will include a preliminary report on the Snoqualmie Valley agricultural drainage survey.
Snapshot of the Snoqualmie
Valley Watershed
  
     The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is supporting development of a community-wide vision for the the Snoqualmie Valley. As one of their contributions to the planning process, the Greenway published Working Towards a Healthy Snoqualmie Valley, a colorful booklet providing a "snapshot" of the valley's rich heritage, farms, forests, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.
       The booklet is available for download on the Trust's Snoqualmie Valley page, or you can request a print copy by writing to Jennifer McKeown, the Greenway's Snoqualmie Program Manager.
March 20th Deadline for Snoqualmie Farmers to Apply for Farm Pad Program
      King County established the Farm Pad Program to provide farmers in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural District with technical assistance to construct elevated pads to protect livestock, farm equipment and supplies from flooding. This year's application deadline is March 20th. See the 2015 Farm Pad Program for the application form. 
Revitalize Longfellow Creek 
as Part of Duwamish Alive!
      Join KCD in restoring West Seattle’s Longfellow Creek on Saturday, April 18th as part of Duwamish Alive! See the results of long-term efforts to control invasive species and replant with native trees and shrubs, and help restore healthy wildlife habitat to improve the Duwamish watershed. Click Here for details and online registration. 
Sign Up to Reserve
King Conservation District
Manure Spreader
     The King Conservation District has a two-yard manure spreader for rent to landowners in our service area. We are currently scheduling use of the spreader between April 1st and September 31st. The unit is ground driven and can be towed by a small tractor or a pick-up truck. We charge a $50 rental fee to cover the costs of delivery, insurance and maintenance. For details and a link to the online reservation form see the KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
New Signage to Highlight
Boise Creek Watershed
 
      The King County Community Service Area Program recently awarded a $2,000 grant to KCD for new signage to increase awareness of the Boise Creek watershed near Enumclaw. The signs are part of the King Conservation District's outreach and educational programs through the Boise Creek Community Project
Register for March
King Conservation District
Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here's this month's schedule:
     Native Plant Nursery: March 14
     Longfellow Creek: March 21
See our website for more details:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer:
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