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King Conservation District, May 2015
King Conservation District
KCD Introduces New Grant
Program to Strengthen
Local Food Economy
      In late May the King Conservation District will launch our new Regional Food System Grant Program to help advance the goals of an equitable, resilient and healthy local food system.
     In the initial grant round a total of $650,000 will be available for projects to promote the economic viability of farms, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for local farm products. Eligible applicants will include farmers, producer networks, marketing cooperatives, farmers markets, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
     The request for proposals will be issued in late May. See our website to learn more about the KCD Regional Food System Program.
Urban Aquatic Habitat
Enhancement Services
Now Available from KCD
      This spring the King Conservation District introduced a new Urban Aquatic Enhancement Program to help city dwellers restore and enhance riparian buffers along streams and wetlands. Our first urban projects are underway in Lake Forest Park and Normandy Park, and we have openings for additional participants.
     The new program provides landowners with cost-share funding to remove invasive species and install native trees and shrubs. In addition, we will provide up to three years of maintenance after installation. KCD will cover 90% of project costs, with landowners contributing 10%. 
     If you have property within the boundaries of a KCD member city and are interested in learning more about our new Urban Aquatic Enhancement Program, contact Adam Jackson at 425-282-1908; or email: adam.jackson@kingcd.org
Funding Available to
Assist with Agricultural
Drainage Projects
     The King Conservation District is initiating a new program to help farmers increase production by improving field drainage. KCD will assist agricultural landowners with construction costs for maintaining drainage ditches and culverts on projects implemented through the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP). The new program was funded by a grant from the King County Flood Control District.
     Submit an engineering site visit request by June 1st to be considered for one of our 2015 pilot projects. To request a site visit, contact Brian Sleight, ADAP Program Manager, 
brian.sleight@kingcounty.gov.
KCD Survey Documents
Drainage Problems in the
Snoqualmie Valley
      In the first phase of implementing the new KCD Agricultural Drainage Program, this spring we conducted a survey of landowners in the Snoqualmie Valley to assess drainage problems. Of the 75 landowners who responded to the survey, 70% said their operations are impacted by poor field drainage.
     The accumulation of sediment and vegetation in drainage ditches and blockage of channels by beaver dams were identified as the primary sources of drainage problems. See our website for more details on the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Drainage Survey.
     In the coming months we will expand the drainage survey to agricultural landowners across King County. Information from the survey will be used for developing programs and policies to assist landowners with draining fields to increase farm production. 
King County Farmers
Encouraged to Participate in
Infrastructure Survey
     King Conservation District and the Cascade Harvest Coalition are collaborating on a project to identify infrastructure needs to store, process and transport locally-produced food. To assist with this planning process, by May 15th we encourage all King County farmers to complete the Local Food Infrastructure Survey
Pasture Management
and Horse Health Workshop,
Woodinville, May 14th
     Alayne Blickle will offer a free afternoon workshop at the Brightwater Center on strategies for maintaining productive pastures and healthy horses. For details and online registration click Here.

Calendar of Events

May 1-31: Puget Sound Starts Here
Month-long series of events to celebrate and protect Puget Sound.
May 2: Natural Solutions for Horse Property Management, Vashon
Alayne Blickle will introduce natural ways to manage horse properties.
May 2-3: Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale, Seattle
Get a jump on spring with organic veggie, herb and flower starts.
May 4: No Farms No Food Speaker Series, Seattle
Vashon farmer, chef and writer Kurt Timmermeister is the guest speaker.
May 7: Firewise Leadership Conference, Carnation
Day-long conference for community leaders and emergency professionals to prepare for the fire season.
May 8: Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge, Tukwila
Remove invasives and enhance the shoreline habitat.
May 8: Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Planning and policy development to strengthen regional food system.
May 9: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and help grow plants for habitat restoration.
May 9: Backyard Wildlife Festival, Tukwila
15th annual celebration of wildlife and native plants for the whole family.
May 11: SnoValley Tilth Monthly Potluck & Meeting, Carnation
Learn about distilling as an agricultural practice.
May 14: Pasture Management & Horse Health, Woodinville
Alayne Blickle will talk on natural approaches to pasture management.
May 16: Soggy Bottom Farm Tour, Maple Valley
Join us for a tour of Jay Mirro's new farm.
May 22: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and help grow plants for habitat restoration.
May 23: Urban Forest Restoration, West Seattle
Participate in long-term KCD project to restore Longfellow Creek.
May 25: Memorial Day Tool Drive for Veterans, Kent
Donate new or used garden tools to support programs for military veterans at 21 Acres in Woodinville and the Soldiers Home in Orting.
May 30: Friends of the Fields Benefit, Redmond
Annual dinner & auction to support Sno-Valley Tilth.
King County Honors
Conservation District with
2015 Green Globe Award
     On April 20th King County Executive Dow Constantine presented the King Conservation District with the 2015 Green Globe Award, the County's highest environmental honor. KCD was selected for "Leadership in Helping Landowners Steward Natural Resources." 

     KCD is one of 14 agencies and organizations presented with this year's awards and we're delighted to be in such good company. See King County's website to learn about all the recipients of the 2015 Green Globe Awards.

Gov Inslee Signs Legislation
Increasing Support for
Conservation Districts
     Sara Hemphill, KCD Executive Director, joined representatives of neighboring conservation districts to witness Governor Jay Inslee's signing of SSB-5322, a bill that will enable Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and King County to significantly increase support for natural resource stewardship. Details on the legislation are available Here.
Students Demonstrate
Knowlege in 2015
Regional Envirothon 
     The King Conservation District hosted the 2015 Northwest Washington Regional Envirothon on March 30th at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley. Twenty high school students competed in the environmental education competition, which tested their knowledge and problem-solving skills in Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils, and Wildlife. In addition, the special topic this year was Urban Forestry.
     This year's winning team was from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and in late May they will compete in the Washington State Envirothon in Clark County.
     Journalist Alison Morrow produced an insightful report on the Regional Envirothon for KING-5 News, Photos of the event are posted on the KCD Facebook page. 
Advisory Committee
Sets New Course for KCD
      We are grateful for the KCD Advisory Committee's leadership and support. Composed of representatives from member jurisdictions, landowners and the environmental community, Advisory Committee members have provided invaluable guidance in developing the District's 2015 Program of Work. At their most recent meeting the committee approved policies for KCD’s expanded Urban Forestry, Shoreline Habitat and Regional Food System Programs. See our website to learn more about the District's 2015 Program of Work.
Tour Jay Mirro's 
New Farm
Near Maple Valley
     Jay Mirro, KCD Senior Resource Planner, will host a free tour of Soggy Bottom Farm, his family's new 34-acre farm on Saturday, May 16th. Learn about pigs and piglets, chickens and eggs, goats and kids, raspberries, fruit trees, pasture management – and much more! For details and online registration click Here.
KCD Team Takes the
Bike Month Challenge
     Rachel Konrady & Jacobus Saperstein challenged other KCD staff members to bike to work throughout the month of May. Last year the KCD team totaled nearly 700 miles, burned 34,280 calories and cut CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 685 pounds. 

     If you'd like to find or start a team, go to the Cascade Bicycle Club's Bike Month Challenge.

Donate Tools for Veterans
on Memorial Day
 
     Melissa Lang, KCD Outreach Coordinator, is collaborating with the Veterans Conservation Corps on a Memorial Day Tool Drive to encourage people to donate new or used garden tools to support agricultural programs for veterans at 21 Acres in Woodinville and the Soldiers Home in Orting. 
     Drop off tools at the Tahoma High School in Kent between 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM on Monday, May 25th. For more information contact Melissa Lang: melissa.lang@kingcd.org
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. The spreader is ground driven and can be towed by a small tractor or pick-up truck. For details and a link to the online reservation form see the KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
Show Your Love for the Snoqualmie Valley
     The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum invites amateur photographers to show what they love most about the river, fields and forests of the Snoqualmie Valley. Submissions are due by May 29th. For details see Snoqualmie Watershed Photo Contest
Register for May
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: May 9 & 22
     Longfellow Creek: May 23
See our website for more details:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer:
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