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King Conservation District, March 2017
King Conservation District
KDC Native Plant Sale
& Community Fair
Saturday, March 11th
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
     Join us Saturday, March 11th, for the 2017 KCD Native Plant Sale, adjacent to our offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton. Pick up pre-ordered plants between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
     Pre-ordering is now closed, but we'll have an additional 10,000 native plants available for walk-up sales. Supplies of some species are limited, so come early for best selection. For details see: KCD Native Plant Sale.
Meet the Native Plant Community Fair Participants
     On Saturday, March 11th, when you come to the KCD Native Plant Sale, plan to stay for the Native Plant Community Fair. 
     This year's participants include the Washington Native Plant Society, Weed Warriors, DIRT Corps, King County Noxious Weed Control ProgramGarden Hotline, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, City Fruit, Scarecrow's Pride, Stone Soup Gardens, Raindog Designs, Garden Cycles, King County Forestry Program, Rent Mason Bees, Center for Natural Lands Management, Elk Run Farm, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, Sustainable Renton, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants.
     And while you're here, enjoy treats from A Fire Inside Wood Fired Pizza. Millionaire Hot Dogs, and Hot Revolution Donuts.
     Bring your family and make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about ways to utilize native plants to encourage wildlife while protecting our soil and water. See our Facebook page for photos of last year's Native Plant Sale & Community Fair.
Vashon Land & Water
Stewardship Series Starts
March 2nd
     KCD's four-part Land & Water Stewardship for Livestock Owners workshop series starts Thursday, March 2nd, at the Vashon Library.
     The free workshops provide livestock owners with tools to implement state-of-the-art management practices with personal guidance from KCD resource planners and guest speakers. Each session also includes information on King Conservation District programs and services.
     Workshop topics include Living with Livestock Near Water, Mud Management, Manure Management, and Pasture Management. See the Land & Water Stewardship Series announcement for details.
Spanish Language Volunteer Event, March 4th
       Venga y participe en un evento con la comunidad para restaurar el Area Natural de Brandon Street en West Seattle, Marzo 4, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. El Arroyo Longfellow es parte del habitat del salmon en Seattle y ofrece un espacio natural en la ciudad.
Free Farm Tour
Enumclaw, March 12th
     Join us at Crow's Prairie Farm near Enumclaw from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 12th, to learn about the Lusitano, an Iberian breed of horses, and how their history plays into the heritage of today's North American horses.
     Our first farm tour of the season will demonstrate how being eco-sensitive doesn’t have to be grandiose nor require large scale budgets. Learn about chore-efficient mud, manure, and pasture management techniques in a real-life, workable situation. As a bonus meet Donny, a formerly wild burro. For more details click HERE.
Designing Paddocks for
Chore Efficiency and
Horse Health, March 19th
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will cover site design, fencing and footing options, feeders, choosing the right shelter, and strategies for dealing with drainage and reducing mud.
     She will also talk about ways to make horses' surroundings less static and more stimulating, plus tips on how to make your place chore-efficient and horse healthy. The free workshop is March 19, 1:00-4:00 PM at Triple J Ranch near Issaquah. For details click HERE.
Beautify & Care for Stream
and Wetland Properties
March 23, Shoreline
March 25, Seattle
      In March KCD will offer two free workshops for urban landowners on how to protect and beautify properties along streams, lakes and wetlands.
     Topics will include minimizing pollution runoff, controlling invasive weeds, utilizing native plants, and environmental regulations impacting your property. For details on each of the workshops click on the links below:
     March 23, 6:30-8:30 PM, Shoreline City Hall
     March 25, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM, Boulevard Park Library, Seattle
Habitat Restoration
Workshop for
Military Veterans, March 25 
     Join the Veterans Conservation Corps and KCD to learn restoration skills and build restoration knowledge Saturday, March 25th, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The workshop will begin with a classroom segment at the Delridge Library. Volunteers will apply their skills restoring the Brandon Street Natural Area just down the road.
     Click HERE for more details on the free workshop and online registration.
KCD Booth at
NW Flower & Garden Show
was Fun and Informative
     Thanks to the 1,600 people who visited with KCD staff and volunteers at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. People who stopped by our booth learned about our Free Soil Tests and the KCD Native Plant Sale
     New this year was a Hügelkultur display introducing a no-till gardening technique that sequesters carbon, holds moisture, and builds soil fertility. To learn more about Hügelkultur gardening click HERE.
Meet John Rosapepe
at KCD Events
     If you didn't meet John Rosapepe at the NW Flower & Garden Show, you'll be seeing him a lot at KCD events this spring and summer.
     As a Washington Service Corps member over the next six months John will assist with community outreach, the KCD Stream Stewards Program, and restoration efforts in the Newaukum Creek watershed. John has a BS degree in Biology and a MS in Natural Resource Planning and Policy. His experience includes conducting fisheries and wildlife surveys—the best being snorkeling for salmonids in the Cascades.

Calendar of Events

March 2: Living with Livestock Near Water, Vashon
First in a four-part series of free Land & Water Stewardship workshops for livestock owners.
March 4: Spanish-Language Habitat Restoration Event, Seattle
Special volunteer event for Spanish speakers at Longfellow Creek.
March 4: Green Snoqualmie Training
Join in maintaining and restoring Snoqualmie's forests.
March 6: Good Food & Farm Advocacy Day, Olympia
Advocate for WSDA Farm to School and Direct Marketing programs.
March 7: Farmland Succession Planning, Puyallup
First of a two-part series of workshops on transferring farmland to the next generation.
March 9: Mud Management Workshop, Vashon
Learn how to keep your livestock paddocks safe and dry.
March 9: King County Agriculture Commission Meeting, Enumclaw
Participate in development and evaluation of policies and regulations that impact King County agriculture.
March 11: KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Come for our annual sale and Native Plant Community Fair. 
March 16: Manure Management Workshop, Vashon
Make manure an asset, not a liability.
March 17: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
March 17 & 18: Urban Ag Food Summit, Des Moines
Demonstrations include Hügelkultur, tree fruit guilds and grafting.
March 18: Pierce & King County Salmon Streams Field Day
Learn about water quality monitoring along the White River tributaries of South Prairie Creek and Boise Creek. 
March 18: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
March 18: Tilth March Edible Plant Sale, Seattle
Wide selection of edible plants for early spring gardening.
March 19: Designing Horse Paddocks Workshop, Issaquah
Learn about designing paddocks for chore efficiency and horse health.
March 20: Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection, Kenmore
Marketing opportunity for food producers and buyers.
March 21: South King County Agriculture Town Hall, Auburn
Strategies for strengthening agriculture in south King County.
March 23: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Shoreline
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
March 23: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Seattle
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
March 25: Plant n' Seed Swap, Renton
Bring plants, seeds and skills to swap at Renton Community Center.
March 25: History of Swamp Creek, Kenmore
Learn about the history and strategies for protecting Swamp Creek.
April 25: WSU Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course, Enumclaw
Kickoff for an eight-week series of professional workshops for owners of both small and large forest properties.
KCD Annual Meeting Honors
Conservation Leaders
     On February 7th more than 100 people participated in the King Conservation District's annual meeting and awards dinner at Maplewood Greens near Renton. The evening included good food and music, lively conversations, and an opportunity to salute the individuals and organizations devoted to natural resource stewardship.
     Bill Knutsen, longtime KCD Supervisor, honored County Executive Dow Constantine with the Conservation Leader Award in appreciation for his dedication to implementing programs to support and enhance local agriculture.
     Other recipients included Shawn Bunney, KCD Service Award, Dolder Farm, Wildlife Steward of the Year Award, Cedar River Montessori School, Conservation Landowner Award, Normandy Park Community Club, Best Partnering Organization, City of Renton, Local Government Conservation Award, and Alan Surrat, Volunteer of the Year.
     To see photos of the KCD Annual Meeting click HERE.
Army Veteran Brett Anderson
Joins KCD Forestry Team

     Brett Anderson recently started an eleven-month AmeriCorps position with KCD through

 VetsWork, a career development internship program for military veterans.
    Brett will assist with the KCD Forest Health Management Program project coordination and implementation, and encourage both rural and urban forest stewardship.
     After serving for four years as an Army x-ray technologist, Brett decided to pursue a career that allows him to combine his natural sciences background with his love of the outdoors and desire to protect and maintain our natural resources.

KCD Strengthens Bonds
with State Legislators
      In mid-February a team of seven KCD staff and board members met with 31 State Senators and Representatives as part of Washington Association of Conservation Districts Legislative Days.
     Participants included Supervisors Bill Knutsen and Dick Ryon, plus KCD Executive Director Bea Covington and staff members Deirdre Grace, Brandy Reed, Mark Musick, and Amy Holmes.
     The meetings provided an opportunity to inform legislators about KCD's expanded programs and to encourage their continued support for the Washington State Conservation Commission. We also invited Senators and Representatives to tour KCD projects in their districts following the legislative session. 
March 17th 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 Production District with technical assistance to construct elevated pads to protect livestock, farm equipment and supplies from flooding. This year's application deadline is March 17th. See the 2017 Farm Pad Program for the application form.
Enumclaw Forest
Stewardship Course
Starts April 25th
     WSU Extension Forestry will host an eight-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course in Enumclaw from April 25th through June 13th. The in-depth course provides forest landowners with an introduction to forest health, soils, wildlife and weed management, wildfire protection, thinning, and timber marketing.
     Early registration discount deadline is April 11th. Details and online registration are available at WSU Extension Forestry.
Rain or Shine,
Volunteers Welcome
at CitySoil Farm
     Wintry weather didn’t bog down a recent work party with volunteers from DIRT Corps, King Conservation District and King County Wastewater Treatment Division at CitySoil Farm near Renton.
     In the orchard Roseann Barnhill taught fruit tree pruning and in the nursery Michael Lewis taught bare root potting. Volunteers potted approximately 200 bareroot trees that will be utilized for habitat restoration. By the end of day everyone was drenched down to their clothing tags, but left swelled with pride over a good day’s work.
     If you'd like to volunteer at CitySoil Farm, email Fedora Williams to learn about upcoming events.
Jubilee Farm Awarded KCD
Funds to Install Advanced 
Composting System
      Bea Covington, KCD Executive Director, recently presented David and Erick Haakenson with a KCD sign honoring completion of their new composting system at Jubilee Biodynamic Farm near Carnation.
     The Haakensons were awarded KCD Landowner Incentive Program and Washington Conservation Commission cost-share funding to build their new aerated static pile composting system, which will accelerate the farm's ability to transform livestock manure into a rich soil nutrient.
     See our website to learn about the wide range of conservation practices funded by the KCD Landowner Incentive Program.
South King County
Agriculture Town Hall
March 21, Auburn
     Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer will host a town hall meeting on South King County Agriculture on March 21st from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Auburn High School. Speakers will include Derek Sandison, WSDA Director, Mike Carpinito, Carpinito Bros, Nancy Baskett, WSU King County Extension 4-H, Leann Krainick, dairy farmer and Chair,  King County Agriculture Commission.
     For details see the announcement on Councilmember von Reichbauer's website.
Register for Tilth
Soil & Water Stewardship
Trainings at McAuliffe Park
and CitySoil Farm
      Learn about food systems, water conservation, stormwater management, soil science, sustainable gardening, and behavior change in Tilth Alliance's new Soil & Water Stewardship program.
     Volunteer trainings consist of six class sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays over a span of six weeks (alternating weeks of class) at McAuliffe Park in Kirkland and CitySoil Farm near Renton
     Application deadline is March 12th. See the Tilth Alliance website for details and a link to online registration.
Northwest Regional Envirothon, March 29th
     The King Conservation District will host the Northwest Washington Regional Envirothon on March 29th at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville. See our website to learn about the Envirothon, which is a leading environmental education program for high school students.
Take Advantage of KCD's
Free Soil Testing Service
     The King Conservation District provides up to five free basic soil tests for all residents in our service area. Tests for heavy metals or other soil properties are available for an additional charge. See our Soil Testing page for details.
Erin Ericson to Assist
Snoqualmie Valley
Landowners
 
     After serving as a KCD Resource Planner for the past six years, Erin Ericson will soon be working closer to home with the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance and Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District.
     Erin was hired to assist landowners with drainage issues and help promote best practices for irrigation, especially new irrigators starting up as a result of the Watershed Improvement District's new water bank. She will also assist with implementing SVPA's citizen scientist flood monitoring program and their efforts to manage local impacts of flooding. 
     Although we will miss seeing Erin in the KCD office, we look forward to partnering with her on projects in the Snoqualmie Valley.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD will host the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: March 17
    Longfellow Creek: March 4 & 18
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer
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