King Conservation District, June 2015
King Conservation District
See You at the Market!
      Meet KCD staff at local markets across King County this season! Learn about our programs and services, drop off soil samples, and pick up free stickers with our motto: "Local Food, Healthy Forests, Clean Water, Better Ground." Free stickers are also available at our office: 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton.
Welcome Katie Pencke, 
KCD Agricultural Drainage
Project Coordinator
      In May horticulturalist Katie Pencke joined the KCD staff to spearhead our new Agricultural Drainage Program. A Seattle native, Katie has extensive experience in environmental education and agricultural program mangement. She served as a Seattle Tilth garden educator for several years and helped start Seattle Tilth's incubator farm in Auburn and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in Seattle.
     In her new position, Katie is facilitating increased landowner participation in the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP). The project is funded through a grant from the King County Flood Control District.
Join the KCD
Resource Planning Team
    The King Conservation District is expanding and we currently have an opening for a full-time Resource Planner. Responsibilities include site-specific resource evaluations, development of conservation plans and making educational presentations. The Resource Planner also helps landowners achieve their stewardship goals, qualify for permits and tax programs, and comply with county and state regulations.
     Qualifications include a BA or advanced degree in scientific or natural resource fields, professional experience, and an understanding of local natural resource concerns, farm conservation practices, and regulations and permits. See the Employment Opportunities page on our website for full details.
Tool Drive
Supports Veterans
Conservation Programs
     On Memorial Day friends and families generously donated new and used garden tools to support conservation programs for veterans at 21 Acres in Woodinville and the Soldiers Home in Orting. KCD’s Melissa Lang organized the tool drive in collaboration with the Veterans Conservation Corps, a program of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs that provides veterans with training and volunteer opportunities to restore and protect our state’s natural resources.
KCD Volunteer Projects
Inspired New Career Choice
for Jessi Bloom
     Jessi Bloom, former Rat City Rollergirl and now proprietor of NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, talked about her formative experiences as a KCD volunteer in Valerie Easton's in-depth profile in Pacific Northwest magazine.
     In 2008 & 2009 Jessi coordinated two volunteer events with the Rat City Rollergirls at our long-term restoration project at Longfellow Creek. What worlds will volunteering with KCD open for you? See our Volunteer Events page for upcoming opportunities.
Introduction to Jay's
Soggy Bottom Farm
     In mid May about fifty people turned out for a tour of Jay Mirro's Soggy Bottom Farm. A KCD Senior Resource Planner, Jay and his family are restoring the former dairy near Maple Valley into a diversified farm, with cows, pigs, goats, chickens, raspberries, fruit trees, and food gardens. Alayne Blickle linked to a set of photos of the tour on the Horses for Clean Water Facebook page. 

Calendar of Events

June 6, Marine Shoreline Workshop, Vashon
Learn about shoreline ecology, geology, and vegetation management.
June 6: National Trails Day - Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, Issaquah 
Celebrate the grand opening of Cougar/Squak Corridor Park.
June 6: Ecological Forestry Workshop, Sedro-Woolley
Introduction to ecological forestry principles and practices.
June 8: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Duvall
Tour K-T Cattle Company and learn about raising grass-fed livestock.
June 9: Large Wood in River Projects Meeting, Mercer Island
Flood risk reduction, habitat restoration, and river recreation and safety.
June 9: Build a Track Paddock, Webinar
Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will present fresh ideas for healthy confinement areas.
June 10: KCD Regional Food System Grant Launch Event, White Center
Introduction of KCD’s new program to strengthen the local food economy. 
June 11: Meet KCD at the Market, North Bend
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
June 13: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
June 13: Citizen Scientist Initiative for Bees, Seattle
Creating a group of citizen scientists to monitor pollinators. 
June 16: Knotweed Workshop, Covington
Learn why knotweed is so tough and what's required to control it.
June 19: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration. 
June 20: Marine Shoreline Workshop, Seattle
Introduction to shoreline ecology, geology, and vegetation management.
June 20: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
June 20: Restore the Duwamish Hill Preserve, Tukwila
Help restore Tukwila’s culturally significant preserve and city park.
June 23: Knotweed Workshop, Enumclaw
Learn why knotweed is so tough and what's required to control it.
June 23: Meet KCD at the Market. Seattle
Stop by our booth at City Hall to learn about KCD programs and services.
June 28: Meet KCD at the Market. West Seattle
Stop by our booth at the West Seattle Market to learn about KCD programs and services.
July 8: What’s Bugging Boise Creek?, Enumclaw
Learn about how benthic invertebrates contribute to stream vitality.  
KCD Announces New $650,000 Regional Food
System Grant Program
     As an integral part of the new KCD Regional Food System Program, the King Conservation District announced the availability of a $650,000 grant fund to support projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products. The new KCD Regional Food System Grant Program will be launched June 10th at Bethaday Community Learning Space in White Center. For additional information about the grant program email:
Help Implement KCD's 
Major New Programs
     The King Conservation District is introducing an array of new services and programs this year and we need your help to bring them to fruition. Volunteers are needed to participate in Work Groups to help implement the KCD Urban Forestry, Urban Aquatic Area Enhancement, and Regional Food System Grant Program.
     To learn about each program and volunteer for the Work Groups, contact Melissa Lang via email:
Marine Shoreline Workshops
June 6th, Vashon Island
June 20th, Seattle 
     Owners and managers of properties along King County bluffs and shorelines are encouraged to attend one of our two free workshops on ways to stabilize slopes while maintaining beautiful views of Puget Sound. On June 6th we'll be at the Vashon-Maury Land Trust, and on June 20th at Discovery Park in Seattle.
     Learn about the ecological, geological and vegetation management issues associated with owning property along the water’s edge. The workshops will include presentations by local experts and optional field trips.
     See our Where the Water Begins page for workshop details and registration information.
City of Redmond Celebrates 
Restoration of Bear Creek
      In mid-May the City of Redmond celebrated revitalization of Bear Creek with a green ribbon cutting. About 3,000 feet of the creek were transformed from a channelized ditch to a more natural meandering stream. The project will reduce flooding and enhance habitat for wildlife, including the largest Chinook salmon run in the Sammamish basin.
     Learn more about the project from an excellent article by Samantha Pak in the Redmond Reporter and on the City of Redmond's Bear Creek Rehabilitation page.
Sign Up to Reserve
King Conservation District
Manure Spreader
     Livestock owners across King County are putting the KCD manure spreader to good use. Our two-yard, ground-driven spreader is currently reserved through the month of June. September and October are also booked, but we do have openings from mid to late July through the month of August. Utilize our online form to place your registration: KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
Many Hands Restore
Codiga Park
     In 2013 KCD awarded the City of Tukwila a $10,000 grant to support their partnership with EarthCorps to restore the Codiga Park natural area along the Duwamish River. 
     According to Jessica Saavedra, KCD Grant Program Manager, “The two most compelling elements of this project were the dedicated group of volunteers that put in many hours of service and the use of willow fascines to stabilize the shoreline.” See the Codiga Park photos Jessica posted on the KCD Facebook page to learn more about this inspiring project.
Make Your Yard
     Lisa Stiffler reported for Sightline Daily on the new financing program established to encourage more people to build rain gardens through the CIty of Seattle and King County's RainWise Program. Seed money for the Green Infrastructure Rebate Advance Fund was provided by a $40,000 grant from the King Conservation District. 
Earn an Urban Agriculture Certificate
at Highline College
     To support people seeking new careers in urban food production, Highline College introduced a new certificate program with a year-round series of courses. Melissa Lang, KCD Engagement Coordinator, serves on the program's advisory committee. For their class schedule see Highline's Urban Agriculture Certificate Program.
Register for June
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: June 13 & 19
     Longfellow Creek: June 20
See our website for more details:
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