King Conservation District, September 2015
King Conservation District
Seahurst Park Honored
with Major Award
      The City of Burien's Seahurst Park was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for completing the largest habitat restoration project on Puget Sound.
     The King Conservation District supported the Seahurst Park project with a total of $835,886 in grants over the past decade for bulkhead removal, native plantings, monitoring, and trail restoration. For photos of the groundbreaking for the most recent phase of the project click Here.
KCD Stream Steward
Training Set for October 3rd
     The King Conservation District initiated the Stream Steward Program to train volunteers to monitor water quality in the Boise Creek watershed. If you'd like to be a KCD Stream Steward, join us October 3rd at Boise Creek Farm near Enumclaw for field training on stream safety, E. coli testing, and an introduction to water quality testing kits. The free training also includes an introduction to salmon identification, knotweed removal, and well and septic maintenance. 
     Space in the program is limited, so register right away if you're interested. 
Innovations for 
Winter Horsekeeping 
September 17th, Bellevue 
     It's time to prepare for winter! Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water and special guest Mariette van den Berg from Australia will present a free evening workshop on confinement area management for horses. Topics will include track paddocks, slow feeders, and techniques for drainage and mud control on any paddock.
     Mariette van den Berg brings extensive knowledge of integrated equine nutrition, horse property design, and regenerative pasture management.
     The Winter Horsekeeping Workshop will be at the Lewis Creek Park Visitors Center in Bellevue from 6:30-8:30 PM, Thursday, September 17th. To register click Here.
Mark Timken Partners 
with KCD to Restore
Vashon Island Habitat
     In 2012 Vashon Island landowner Mark Timken participated in a KCD Aquatic Area Enhancement Project to restore 1.3 acres of native woodland on either side of a year-round stream running through his property. The project included removal of invasive weeds and re-planting with 1,500 native trees and shrubs. 
     The restoration project was implemented by the KCD Washington Conservation Corps crew. Cost-share funding was provided by the Washington State Conservation Commission and the landowner. "The habitat restoration project has been very exciting," Mark said, "and we're great supporters of the program." 
Designing a New
Rain Garden for White Center
     The Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) and Barker Landscape Architects invited the community to participate in designing a new rain garden and outdoor environmental learning space at Salvation Army White Center
     The King Conservation District provided ECOSS with a $45,000 grant to develop the rain garden design through the KCD-Seattle Community Grant Program. See our Facebook page for photos of the design process.
Celebrate Local Food
and Community at Chomp!
     Join KCD at Chomp!, King County's celebration of local crops, green living, and diverse cultures. The Marymoor Park event kicks off with a farm-to-table dinner on Saturday, September 12th. On Sunday, September 13th, KCD will participate in the "Farmer for a Day" experience. Pitch hay, take soil samples, meet farmers, and learn more about what it takes to produced our local food.
     See the Chomp! website for the full schedule of events for the whole family.
Will Your House
Survive a Wildfire?
     Linda Vane, King County Firewise program coordinator, will lead a workshop on wildfires and emergency preparedness the evening of Thursday, September 24th, at the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve in Renton. For details click HERE

Calendar of Events

September 11: Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council, Seattle
Strengthening our regional food system.
September 11-27: Washington State Fair, Puyallup
Look for KCD staff at the Pierce Conservation District booth.
September 12: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
September 12, SHADOW Frog Folic, Renton
Celebrate 19 years of habitat protection and natural resource enhancement.
September 12: Tilth Harvest Fair, Seattle
A country fair in the city.
September 12: Chomp! Farm-to-Table Dinner, Marymoor Park
Celebrate local food and support Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance.
September 13: Chomp! Local Food Festival, Marymoor Park
Enjoy a full day of activities for the whole family.
September 14: Introduction to Permaculture, Woodinville
Free workshop with Jessi Bloom.
September 14: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Carnation
Tour the gardens at Camp Korey with Rosy Smit.
September 16: Mobilizing for Resilency, Seattle
Address issues concerning our communities, environment and economy.
September 17: Innovations for Winter Horsekeeping, Bellevue
Learn about track paddocks, slow feeders and more!
September 19, Invasive Knotweed Control Workshop, Newcastle
Learn about how knotweed grows and how to control it.
September 19: SnoValley Tilth Farm Faire & Pig Roast, Carnation
Annual harvest celebration at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm.
September 20: Trinity Ranch Farm Tour, Enumclaw
Free tour of innovative, diversified livestock farm.
September 22:  Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Preston
First in a series of classes for forest landowners.
September 24: Firewise & Emergency Preparedness, Renton
Workshop on how to protect your home and family.
September 25-27: Fall Harvest Celebration, Snoqualmie Valley
Participate in a wide variety of activities through the weekend.
September 29:  Green Seattle Partnership Shareholders Meeting, Seattle
Annual urban forest stewardship meeting.
October 3: Stream Steward Training, Enumclaw
Learn about becoming a KCD Stream Steward.
October 3:  Washington Native Plant Society Fall Sale, Seattle
Fall is a great time to add native plants to your yard

Ag Drainage Program
Restores Land that was
"Too Wet to Farm"
    Work was completed in early August on the second in a series of three major projects this summer that will bring more than 160 acres of farmland back into full production as part of the new KCD Agricultural Drainage Program. Photos of the second project are available on our Facebook page
     The projects are being implemented through a partnership between KCD and the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program, with funding from the King County Flood Control District. 
     In a survey this spring, more than 50 landowners expressed interest in participating in the agricultural drainage program. They reported an estimated 635 acres impacted by poor drainage, so clearly there's much more work to be done to contribute to the goal of expanding agricultural production in King County.
Two New Staff Members
Join the KCD Planning Team
     Join us in welcoming Emmett Wild and Mike Lasecki to the KCD staff. 
     Emmett grew up in Snohomish County, has an Environmental Science degree from Huxley College in Bellingham, was active in 4-H, and has extensive experience in habitat restoration.
     Mike is from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving here he worked in parks, fought wildland fires in Washington and Arizona, helped manage small farms in Pennsylvania, and most recently served as a forest ranger in Kentucky.
     We're fortunate to have Emmett and Mike's assistance in implementing KCD's expanding services and are confident local landowners will enjoy working with them.
Tour Trinity Ranch
Near Enumclaw on
September 20th 
     Visit picturesque Trinity Ranch nestled along Coal Creek. The 20-acre ranch  combines care for horses, lamas, alpacas, goats, chickens, and pets with impressive creek restoration  and habitat enhancement. Trinity Ranch also sports a riding area, trail course, round pen, mud-free paddocks, and rotational grazing. See how they have built compost bins and paddock drainage—and learn how you can too before the winter rains!
     The free tour is 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, September 20th. To register click Here
Groups Encouraged
to Schedule Special
Volunteer Events
      In early August a team of 11 students from the University of Missouri spent eight days volunteering with KCD as part of their school's alternative summer break program. The students contributed a total of 451 volunteer hours on a wide variety of habitat restoration projects across King County. See our website for photos of the 'Mizzou' students in action.
     Nikki Marschke, KCD Volunteer Coordinator, encourages groups of all types to schedule special events for hands-on experience with stream and wetland enhancement, or working in the KCD Native Plant Nursery. To arrange a special event, contact Nikki at 425-282-1909, or email:
     Learn more about the KCD Volunteer Program on our website. 
Have a Hoppin' Time
at 19th Annual
Frog Frolic!
     On Saturday, September 12th, Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW) celebrates 19 years of habitat preservation, restoration and environmental education at Shadow Lake Bog with the annual Frog Frolic. A community celebration and benefit, the Frog Frolic is SHADOW’s longest running tradition. Learn more about the event and get directions via the SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve.  
Volunteer Naturalists
Needed for Cedar RIver
Salmon Journey
     The Seattle Aquarium is recruiting Volunteer Naturalists for this fall's Cedar River Salmon Journey. Naturalists receive 20 hours of expert training and in return spend three weekend days making riverside presentations to the public about the Cedar River and spawning salmon. Most of the trainings are held in the Renton area, with one training at the Seattle Aquarium.
     September 9th is the volunteer deadline and training starts September 10th. To volunteer, call Dani Kendall at 206-792-5851, or email:
Express Your Views on
King County's Crumbling 
Roads and Bridges
     King County Executive Dow Constantine and Councilmember Kathy Lambert recently convened a Bridges and Roads Task Force to recom-
mend sustainable solutions for funding bridges and roads in unincorporated King County. All task force meetings are open and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Manure Meets its Match!
     The KCD Manure Match Program links livestock owners who have surplus manure with neighbors seeking free sources of soil amendments, compost or mulch. See our Manure Match page to find manure sources and details on how to add your farm to the list.
Register for
King Conservation District
Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton. Here is this month's schedule:
     KCD Native Plant Nursery: Sept 12
See our website for more details on volunteer events in our Native Plant Nursery and upcoming events at Longfellow Creek:
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