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King Conservation District, September 2016
Normandy Park Residents
Learn about Urban
Stream Habitat Restoration
     Elissa Ostergaard, Miller-Walker Creek Basin Steward, and Adam Jackson, KCD Resource Specialist, met with homeowners at a recent habitat restoration open house in Normandy Park. Neighbors talked about maintaining properties along Walker Creek and learned about assistance available from KCD and King County.
     See our website to learn about KCD Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Improvement Services, and link with our Facebook page for a photo essay on the Normandy Park restoration project.
Urban Stream & Wetland
Restoration Workshop
September 17th, Burien
     Urban homeowners with properties on streams, lakes or wetlands are invited to a special workshop on ways to protect and enhance properties near freshwater aquatic areas.
     The free workshop is set for Saturday, September 17th, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM, at the Burien Community Center. Click HERE for details and online registration.
Boat Tour Provides
New Perspectives on
Puget Sound Restoration
     Puget Sound salmon recovery was the topic of a special Nearshore Boat Tour with federal, tribal, state and local officials, administrators, and business and environmental leaders.
     The King Conservation District contributed funding and staff support for the tour, which went south to Burien to observe major projects to restore the health of Puget Sound.
     See the KCD Facebook page for tour photos and links to additional information.
Register Now for 
Cultivating Success
at Carnation Farm
     The first in a series of WSU Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching classes kicks off Monday, September 19th at Carnation Farm. The course gives participants a broad overview of production and marketing options for today's small farm. Whether you are just exploring the opportunities available or already have an existing operation, you'll learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm enterprise. The registration fee is $300 per farm/family (up to three people).
Learn About Saving Salmon
on the Cedar River
     The Seattle Aquarium is currently recruiting Volunteer Salmon Journey Naturalists to inform the public about spawning salmon and the natural and human history of the Cedar River Watershed.
     In September, Salmon Journey Naturalists receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts about one of the world’s amazing wildlife migrations running through the heart of Seattle, Renton and on up into Maple Valley. 
     To learn more about the Salmon Journey, contact Dani Kendall at 206-792-5851, or email: salmonjourney@seattleaquarium.org
Spot Spawning Salmon in King County Watersheds
     Take a journey to see salmon this fall! The Salmon SEEson program identifies 15 sites across King County that are accessible viewing locations for salmon runs.
     Visit the Salmon SEEson webpage to learn where to spot spawners across King County, and click on the Calendar of Special Events to learn about daily tours and other activities.
Profitable Horsekeeping
Farm Tour, Redmond
September 17th
     Tour an equestrian boarding farm to learn how to attract clients and take care of the environment. See large-scale composting bins, a new barn using reclaimed materials, a forested horse track, and much more. 
     The free tour is Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM to Noon. Click HERE for more details and to register for the free tour.
WSU Forest Stewardship
Coached Planning Course
Starts September 20th
     The eight-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course in Preston provides owners of forested properties with an introduction to forest health, soils, wildlife and weed management, wildfire protection, thinning, and timber marketing.
     Early registration discount deadline is September 13th. Details and online registration are available at WSU Extension Forestry.
City of Covington
Celebrates its First
Community Park
     State and local officials participated in a tour of Covington Community Park on a sunny morning in mid August. Greg Wingard of the Green River Coalition, led a tour through the park's natural areas. Guest speakers included State Senator Joe Fain, Rep Mark Hargrove, and Rep Pat Sullivan.
     Major funding for the first phase of the park was provided through the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program. The King Conservation District awarded $101,000 in grants to the City of Covington and the Green River Coalition for native plant restoration and establishment of an interpretive trail though the forested area of the park.  
Frog Frolic Highlights Shadow Lake Bog Preservation 
     Shadow Lake Bog southeast of Renton is one of the ecological treasures of the Puget Sound region.
     The 20th Annual Frog Frolic on Saturday, September 10th will be a community celebration and benefit for continued wetland habitat preservation, restoration, and environmental education in South King County.
We'll See You at the
Farmers Market! 
     This summer KCD staff and volunteers visited with customers at farmers markets across King County. Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services. Here's our schedule:
     September 10, Issaquah Market
     September 18, Ballard Market
     September 25, Lake Forest Park
                              Farmers Market
September 18th is
World Water Quality Day
     See the World Water Quality Day website to learn about nearby testing locations and the World Water Monitoring Challenge.
     King Conservation District Stream Stewards test water quality along Boise Creek and Newaukum Creek in south King County. On September 18th KCD Stream Stewards will host a free water quality monitoring informational open house picnic at Farmers Park in Enumclaw. For details click HERE.

Calendar of Events

September is Salmon SEEson
See spawning salmon throughout the month on King County rivers.
September 8: Hügelkultur Work Party, Renton
Get your hands dirty helping build a Hügelkultur bed.
September 10: Meet KCD at the Issaquah Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
September 10: Twentieth Annual Frog Frolic, Renton
Family celebration & benefit for Shadow Lake Nature Preserve.
September 10: Soil Science Field Day, Kirkland
Dig into the basics of soil science at McAuliffe Park.
September 12: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Snohomish
Tour three farms in one evening.
September 14: Preserving the Peak of Season Harvest, Woodinville
Farmer-chef meet & greet.
September 15: CitySoil Farm Harvest Party, Renton
Tour the garden and help bring in the harvest.
September 16: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
September 16: Organic Farming & Pollinators Field Course, Carnation
Learn about farming with pollinators at Oxbow Farm.
September 17: Urban Forest Restoration, West Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration along Longfellow Creek.
September 17: Beautify & Care for Your Waterfront Property, Burien
Free workshop for homeowners near streams and wetlands.
September 17: Profitable Horsekeeping Farm Tour, Redmond
Visit an equestrian boarding farm and learn about ecological horsecare.
September 17: SnoValley Tilth Pig Roast & Farm Faire, Carnation
Annual fall celebration fundraiser at Jubilee Farm.
September 18: World Water Quality Day, Enumclaw
Learn about monitoring water quality on local streams.
September 18: Meet KCD at the Ballard Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
September 19: Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching, Carnation
Kick-off for 12-week Cultivating Success Course.
September 20: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Preston
First in an eight-week series of classes for forest landowners.
September 23-25: Fall Harvest Celebration, Sammamish Valley
Participate in a wide variety of activities through the weekend.
September 25: Meet KCD at Lake Forest Park Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
October 1:  Washington Native Plant Society Fall Sale, Bellevue
Fall is an excellent time to add native plants to your yard.
October 5: Taste Washington Day, Statewide
Annual school celebration of local food and farming.
October 8: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Tour, Fall City
Tour of two CREP properties that protect freshwater habitat and make money.
October 20: Land & Water Stewardship Series, Carnation
First in a four-part series of workshops for landowners interested in sustainable livestock management.


 
King Conservation District
Presents Annual Report & 
2017 Program of Work
     On August 17th members of the KCD staff, Board and Advisory Committee reported to the King County Council on the District's activities to date and submitted our 2017 Program of Work.
     Dick Ryon, Board Chair, introduced KCD's focus on Local Food, Healthy Forests, and Clean Water.
     Josh Monaghan, KCD Senior Program Manager, reported the District awarded more than $650,000 in Local Food System Grants and implemented a series of early action projects. In addition, Josh reported on the progress of the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program.
     Brandy Reed, Interagency Director, summarized the impacts of KCD's Urban Forest Health and Marine Shorelines Programs, the establishment of a new program for small acreage forest landowners, and new urban aquatic area enhancement services.
     John Stokes, Bellevue Mayor and KCD Advisory Committee Chair, closed by expressing his appreciation for the District's increased collaboration with member jurisdictions and the successful implementation of our expanded work services.
     See the KCD website for a link to our 2017 Program of Work.
Agricultural Drainage
Projects Set to Begin
     Last year KCD collaborated with the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP) to clear approximately 2.5 miles of channels on five farms in the Snoqualmie Valley.
     Ben Axt, KCD Agricultural Drainage Project Manager, is currently working with twelve landowners to clear nearly two additional miles of drainage channels. This year's projects will remove more than 5,000 cubic yards of sediment to restore historic channel depths.
     By the end of the year we will have removed enough sediment to cover a football field 3 feet deep. In addition to dredging, we will replace two failed culverts to provide better drainage for farms and improve fish passage. This year's projects will restore more than 70 acres of farmland to full production, making a significant contribution toward achieving King County's goal of expanding agricultural production by 400 acres per year.
     See our website to learn more about the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program.
Ag Community Mourns Passing of George Irwin
      Enumclaw rancher and farm advocate George Irwin died August 19th. George and his wife, Paddy, were KCD cooperators for more than 20 years, and the Irwins were presented with the 2014 KCD Conservation Landowners of the Year Award.
     George served on the KCD Advisory Committee and volunteered as a reviewer for the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program. He served on the Pierce-King County Farm Bureau Board and was a key member of the King County Agriculture Commission. 
     Click Here for Josh Monaghan's reflections on his long association with George Irwin.
KCD Staff Honors
Brandy Reed and
Josh Monaghan
     Brandy Reed, Interagency Director, and Josh Monaghan, Senior Program Manager, were honored for 20 years with King Conservation District at our recent staff picnic
     They each spoke about the changes they've seen at KCD over the years and how proud they are to be part of one of the nation's most dynamic conservation districts. Please join us in congratulating Brandy & Josh!
Join the KCD Team
at Duwamish Alive!
     Families, corporate groups, students....Everyone is welcome to participate in Duwamish Alive!, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturday, October 22nd.
     Did you know there is a 12 acre forest in the heart of West Seattle? Join your neighbors to restore this forest habitat along Longfellow Creek and help improve the water quality for salmon.
     Activities will include planting native species, removing invasive plants, and improving the trail. All tools, gloves and training is provided. No experience necessary! To register click HERE.
Build a Hügelkultur Bed at
CitySoil Farm
September 8th
     Learn how to use wood and other organic material to build a Hügelkultur bed. We will be building from the ‘ground-up’ and working all day. Hands dirty. Arms tired. Brains filled with knowledge.
     The Hügelkultur Work Party will run from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 8 at CitySoil Soil Farm, located at the King County Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton. Stop by when you can!
Learn about Urban Ag 
at CitySoil Farm's Harvest
Party, September 15th
     CitySoil Farm is a 1.5 acre learning and giving garden located at the King County South Treatment Plant in Renton.
     King Conservation District, Wastewater Treatment Division, Seattle Tilth, and DIRT Corps are collaborating to create an urban farm that demonstrates the potential for more community food projects across King County.
     CitySoil Farm demonstrates the successful use of GroCo compost made with Loop biosolids and reclaimed water for urban agriculture.
     The farm also provides volunteer and community education opportunities to expand knowledge of soil, food, and agriculture. Over the past 17 weeks, CitySoil volunteers have harvested and donated TWO TONS of fresh produce to local foodbanks. To volunteer contact Fedora Williams.
     Save the Date: KCD is planning a Fall Harvest Party at CitySoil on Thursday, September 15th from 10:00 AM-Noon to showcase the site and talk about future opportunities there.
     Contact Cari Simson if you have general questions about KCD's Urban Agriculture Program, or want to know more about CitySoil Farm.
Local Farms & Schools
Encouraged to Participate
in Taste Washington Day, October 5th
      Taste Washington Day is an annual celebration of local food in schools. This year's statewide event will be October 5th, and more farms and schools are needed to make the day a success.
     See the Taste Washington Day page to learn more and sign up your farm or school. Last year the Auburn, Issaquah and Riverview School District participated in Taste Washington Day. Let's get more King County schools involved this year!
Snoqualmie Valley Farms
are Outdoor Classrooms
     Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust reported on the "Farming the Future" program, which links Snoqualmie Valley schools with local farms. Link to the article HERE.
     To learn more about the program, contact Jennifer McKeown, Greenway Trust Snoqualmie Program Manager jennifer.mckeown@mtsgreenway.org
It's Time to Start Preparing for the 2017 Envirothon!
    High school students throughout King County are encouraged to form teams to participate in next year's Northwest Regional Envirothon, March 29, 2017.
     The Envirothon is a hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition. High school student teams work together to demonstrate their knowledge in Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and Aquatic Ecology.
      The 2017 Envirothon date hasn't be set yet, but now's a great time to start planning. Learn about the program and see photos from last year's event via the Envirothon page on our website.
Newaukum Watershed
Project Updates
     Over the past year KCD has been doing targeted outreach with landowners and land managers in the Newaukum Creek Watershed.
     In 2016, KCD staff utilized funds secured by American Farmland Trust to commit 100% reimbursement for five riparian buffer planting projects in Newaukum. The full reimbursement was achieved by utilizing funding sources from our partners, including the Washington State Conservation Commission, Department of Ecology, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
     In addition to the riparian buffer planting projects, a buffer fencing project will also be reimbursed at 100%, and heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, animal walkways, cross fencing, and pasture planting will be reimbursed at 90%.
    To learn more about the Newaukum Creek Program contact Erin Ericson, KCD Resource Planner, at 425-282-1911, or email: erin.ericson@kingcd.org.
Newaukum Landowners
Asked for Feedback on
Programs & Funding
     KCD is collaborating with American Farmland Trust to survey landowners in the Newaukum Creek watershed about which restoration actions and funding sources are most effective in addressing water quality and other resource needs on agricultural properties.
     We are reaching out to Newaukum cooperators to find interested survey participants and people willing to host small, informal groups of neighbors to share their opinions.
     Meetings are being scheduled through September. Anonymous survey responses will be compiled into a white paper and made available to all participants. If you are interested in being a survey participant and/or host, contact Courtney Naumann at 425-282-1954, or email: courtney.naumann@kingcd.org.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
 This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
   Native Plant Nursery: September 16
   Longfellow Creek, September 17
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
www.kingcd.org/volunteer
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The KCD team continues to grow. Link with our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news about King Conservation District programs and projects.
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