King Conservation District, November 2016
Place Orders Starting
November 1st for
2017 Native Plant Sale
     Although winter hasn't even arrived, it's time to start compiling your wish list for next spring's planting season!
     Online ordering starts November 1st for the next KCD Native Plant Sale, Saturday, March 11, 2017.
     Check the list of available plants on the KCD Native Plant Sale page and place orders starting November 1st from our wide array of bare-root trees, shrubs and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and habitat restoration.
     Orders placed by November 30th receive a 10% discount!
Five More Cities Selected for
Urban Forestry Projects
     In early September the KCD Urban Forestry Working Group recommended urban forestry implementation projects for Seattle and Redmond, and urban forestry technical assistance for Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point.
     The KCD Board of Supervisors approved $157,551 for the projects, scheduled to begin in early 2017. A total of 13 member jurisdictions currently participate in KCD urban forestry projects.
      For more details, see the Urban Forest Health Management Program page on our website.
Twenty Seven Agencies &
Organizations Awarded KCD
Member Jurisdiction Grants
     At their October meeting, the KCD Board of Supervisors approved $773,000 in grants to seventeen public agencies and nonprofit organizations in this year's second round of funding through the KCD Member Jurisdiction Grant Program.
     Combined with the District's first round of funding, Jessica Saavedra, KCD Member Jurisdiction Grant Program Manager, reported that in 2016 KCD awarded more than $1 million in Member Jurisdiction Grants to 27 agencies and organizations across King County .
Rachel Konrady &
Erin Ericson Honored for
Newaukum Project
     In October Mark Clark, Executive Director of the Washington State Conservation Commission, presented KCD staff members Rachel Konrady and Erin Ericson with 2016 Northwest Area Employee of the Year Awards, along with staff at Snohomish and Skagit Conservation District who had collaborated in implementing the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
     Rachel and Erin were recognized for their work implementing the Newaukum Watershed Project, an early-action project< focused on improving salmon habitat in the Newaukum Creek watershed on the Enumclaw Plateau. 
Landowners Learn about
USDA Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program
     In early October KCD hosted a tour of two Snoqualmie Valley farms for landowners to see on-the-ground benefits of  the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Photos of the tour are available HERE.
     CREP compensates farmers for setting aside land to restore and improve fish habitat and protect water quality. For details see the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program page on our website.
Soil Test Customers -
We Want to Hear from You! 
     The King Conservation District Soil Testing Program provides up to five free soil tests for residents in our service area. Everyone who has had a KCD soil test is encouraged to participate in a brief online survey.
     We want your feedback on how to improve and expand the KCD Soil Testing Program. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey, and consider volunteering to test future changes to the program.
     Click HERE to participate in the KCD Soil Testing Survey.
Meet Stacie Powers, New
KCD Education Coordinator 
     Please join us in welcoming Stacie Powers, KCD Education Program Coordinator.
      A Washington Conservation Corps Individual Placement, Stacie is from New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Conservation & Sustainability.
     Prior to joining KCD, Stacie worked with the Okanogan Conservation District as a soil health technician. She will assist with KCD workshops, farm tours, and youth environmental outreach programs, such as the Envirothon.
Alex Martinsons
Joins KCD Landowner
Incentive Program Staff
     The KCD Landowner Incentive Program provides cost-share assistance for landowners to implement conservation practices.
     Alex Martinsons joined the District in October to assist Rachel Konrady, KCD LIP Program Manager, with increased demand for Landowner Incentive Program services.
     Alex grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science & History. He moved to Seattle in 2010 and earned an MPA from the UW Evans School of Public Affairs with a focus on environmental policy. 
Shopping for Horse 
Properties Workshop
Auburn, November 2nd
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will review aspects of purchasing horse properties, plus provide ideas for how to make properties chore-efficient in winter months.
     The free workshop will be from 6:30 to 8:45 PM on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Muckleshoot Library in Auburn. Click Here for details and online registration.
Rain Gardens Beautify &
Protect Properties,
Free Workshop Nov 5th
     Discover how rain gardens and other low impact development practices can be both beautiful and functional.
     Click HERE to register for a free workshop at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville, Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 AM to Noon.
Calendar of Events
October 30: Mary Olson Farm Tour, Kent
See how Mary Olson Farm weaves together themes of history, agriculture, ecology, and education.
November 1: Landslide Hazards in King County, Auburn
Presentation on the latest findings from LiDAR mapping.
November 2: Shopping for Horse Properties, Auburn
Learn how to evaluate potential horse properties.
November 3: Landslide Hazards in King County, Carnation
Presentation on the latest findings from LiDAR mapping.
November 4 & 5: Agricultural Plastics Recycling, Puyallup
Recycle plastic pots, trays, bags, twine, and more.
November 5: Rain Gardens & Low Impact Development Workshop, Woodinville
Discover how rain gardens, and other low impact development strategies can improve your property.
November 12: Green Seattle Day, Seattle
Join volunteers at 15 parks in the Emerald City.
November 12: Urban Forest Restoration, West Seattle
Restore Longfellow Creek with the KCD team as part of Green Seattle Day.
November 12: Green Kirkland Day, Kirkland
Help revitalize five Kirkland parks.
November 14: SnoValley Tilth Meeting Potluck, Carnation
Visit with neighbors and learn about value-added marketing.
November 16: Landslide Hazards in King County, Vashon
Presentation on the latest findings from LiDAR mapping.
November 17: Sustainable Energy in Agriculture, Fall City
Funding sources for alternative energy projects.
November 17: Regional Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Special meeting with Washington Food System Roundtable. 
November 19: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Auburn
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
November 19: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
December 1: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Renton
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
December 10: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Issaquah
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
Bea Covington New KCD Executive Director
     Join us in welcoming Bea Covington as the new King Conservation District Executive Director. Bea is an agricultural and natural resource economist with more than 25 years’ experience in public policy, project and nonprofit management, impact analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and participatory community development.
     Bea has Masters degrees in Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics and Agricultural Education & Communication, and she has extensive experience in both US and international program management. She joins a strong team at KCD and we look forward to her leadership.
     See the KCD Staff page for Bea's contact information and a more detailed introduction.
Burr Mosby Joins
KCD Board of Supervisors
     Burr Mosby was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors by the Washington State Conservation Commission.
    A first-generation King County farmer, Burr has been farming since 1977. Today Mosby Farms grows 350 acres of vegetables in the valleys of Auburn, Sumner and Orting.
     Burr and his family are involved in state and local groups that support agriculture and healthy eating. Mosby Farms believes in giving back to the community and does so by donating produce to local food banks and soup kitchens from Seattle to Orting. Being a good steward of the land is of utmost priority for the future of agriculture, and Burr hopes to share his knowledge from a farmer’s perspective as a member of the KCD Board of Supervisors.
King Conservation District
Awards $742,445
in Food System Grants
      Mary Embleton, KCD Regional Food Program Manager, announced $742,445 in grants for 11 projects aimed at strengthening our local food system. The funded projects will contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products. 
     See the Regional Food System Grant Program page on our website for a brief description of each project. 
KCD Receives $214,313
Grant to Expand Agricultural
Drainage Services
     The King County Flood Control District recently announced a $214,313 grant to fund continued expansion of the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program.
     Over the past two years KCD has collaborated with the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP) to assist more than a dozen landowners with clearing approximately three miles of drainage channels and returned more than 100 acres of farmland to production
     Increased funding will enable the program to serve more of the over 200 landowners who have requested drainage assistance. 
Damaged Culvert
Replaced at Krainick Dairy
     Krainick Dairy near Enumclaw participated in the King County Agricultural Assistance Program (ADAP) for the first time this fall.
     In addition to clearing clogged drain channels, KCD provided cost-share funding through the Landowner Incentive Program to replace a failed culvert that had caused flooding. See photos of the Krainick Dairy project on our Facebook page.
Washington Conservation
Corps Crews Begin 
Year of Service
     KCD sponsors two crews of Washington Conservation Corps volunteers who serve on the front lines of habitat restoration across King County. Modeled on the Civilian Conservation Corps, WCC provides young adults ages 18-25 with practical, hands-on experience with natural resource preservation and enhancement. 
     See our Facebook page to learn more about WCC and meet the remarkable young people serving with KCD for the coming year.
Jacob de Guzman Serves as
New Restoration Coordinator
      In October Jacob de Guzman began a 10-month term of service as the KCD Habitat Restoration Project Coordinator as a Washington Service Corps Individual Placement.
     Jacob earned a B.S. degree from the Huxley College of the Environment and has a minor in Environmental Education. Before joining KCD, he served as a WCC Crew Member with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, helping restore riparian habitat on public and private land. Jacob also worked for the National Park Service as a Biological Science Technician, and the Western Washington University Office of Sustainability as Program Coordinator.
Tour Mary Olson
Farm, October 30th
     KCD and Horses for Clean Water will host a free tour of historic Mary Olson Farm from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 30th.
     See the farm's cleverly-designed, mud-free confinement areas for miniature donkeys, a cow, chickens, compost bins, salmon stream restoration, small acreage hay field management, and a century-old orchard. Click Here for details and online registration.
Land & Water Stewardship
Series Continues
in Carnation
    The final two free workshops in this fall's KCD Land & Water Stewardship Series are Manure Management, November 3, and Pasture ManagementNovember 10, from 6:15 to 8:45 PM at the Carnation Library.
Build a Hügelkultur Bed in
Shoreline, November 12th
     Join Diggin' Shoreline and KCD staff as we install an 18-ft long Hügelkultur bed at Calvin Community Garden in Shoreline. Click HERE for details.
     Hügelkultur is the practice of mounding soil over layers of rotting wood, green manures, compost and top soil to create nutritious garden space for perennials and food crops. New to the Pacific Northwest, Hügelkultur is a centuries-old European gardening technique that works amazingly well to regenerate tired, depleted, and compacted urban soils where water penetration can be difficult. The plantings on top thrive as soils below are replenished.
Sustainable Energy
in Agriculture Workshop
     Thursday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Fall City Library, attend a free Sustainable Energy on the Farm Workshop. Learn about opportunities to use renewable energy on the farm, including grants, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing to help purchase new, energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems in this free workshop hosted by KCD, Northwest SEED, and Pierce Conservation District.
Free Workshops for Owners
of Property Near Streams,
Lakes & Wetlands
     The KCD Urban Shorelines Program will host a series of three free Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property Workshops for landowners. Click on the links to learn about the workshop at each location:  Auburn, November 19, Renton, December 1, and Issaquah, December 10
Volunteer with the King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
   Native Plant Nursery: November 19
   Longfellow Creek, November 12
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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