King Conservation District, April 2015
King Conservation District
KCD Announces New 
Regional Food
System Program
     The King Conservation District has initiated a new Regional Food System Program to help grow the local food economy through a combination of action initiatives, grants, and collaboration with partner organizations. Our long-term goals are to contribute to the economic viability of local farms, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase the demand for local farm products.
     Guidelines and application procedures for the KCD Food System Grant Program will be announced soon. Eligible applicants will include farmers, producer networks, marketing cooperatives, farmers markets, and nonprofit organizations. See our website to learn more about the KCD Regional Food System Program.
Local Food Initiative
Report Released
      The new KCD Regional Food System Program was designed to help implement recommendations of the Local Food Initiative launched last year by King County Executive Dow Constantine. His "Kitchen Cabinet" recently released a report listing the top 20 priority actions to keep farms productive, food businesses thriving, and ensure everyone has access to affordable, healthful food.
     See the Local Food Initiative website for a copy of the report and a link to a local food system infographic.
Forest Management
Coached Planning Class
Starts April 30th
       Forest landowners are encouraged to participate in an eight-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning class, April 30th-June 18th in Black Diamond. Topics covered will include forest health, soils, wildlife and weed management, wildfire protection, thinning, and timber marketing. The class will also include assistance with writing a forestry plan to qualify for property tax reductions and potential cost-share grants. And participants will be eligible for a free site consultation with a state or county forester.
     Classes will be held Thursday evenings at the Black Diamond Community Center, plus a Saturday field trip in late May. The early registration discount deadline is April 16th. Details and online registration are available via WSU Extension Forestry.
KCD Initiates Expanded Forestry Services
in King County
       As part of the District's expanded program of work, KCD is collaborating with Washington State University, King County and other partners to promote forest health. Programs will include workshops, one-on-one education, and technical and financial incentives to help small private forest landowners plan and implement forest best management practices. 
     In January KCD provided an $82,000 grant to Washington State University to fund a series of programs and services for small private forest landowners. The two-year grant includes funding to hire a part-time King County Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator, hosting forest stewardship educational programs, and other services. See the article above for details on the Spring 2015 Coached Planning course set for Black Diamond, and watch for other forest workshops and tours in future newsletters.
Volunteer for Oxbow Farm Habitat Planting 
and Garden Tour
     Join us Saturday, April 11th, for a volunteer restoration planting at Oxbow Farm & Education Center near Carnation. Learn how to plant native species in a buffer along the Snoqualmie River and tour the farm's organic gardens. For details and a link to online registration click Here
Where the Water Begins -
Land Management Practices for Shoreline & Bluff Landowners
     The King Conservation District is planning a series of workshops for marine shoreline landowners in June and July. Workshop participants will learn about ecological, geological and vegetation management issues associated with owning property "Where the Water Begins." In addition, participants will have access to free technical assistance for designing and installing practices covered in the workshops. Watch for the schedule in future newsletters. For information about KCD's marine shoreline programs contact Kristen Reichardt by phone at 425-282-1927 or email:

Calendar of Events

April 4: Shadow Lake Restoration Work Party, Renton
Participate in weekly work parties with Save Habitat & Diversity of Wetlands.
April 4: Meet the Herons, Seattle
Observe heronry in Commodore Park with more than 50 active nests.
April 8: 'Occupy the Farm' Screening, Seattle
Documentary on an urban community creating a healthier food system.
April 10: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and help grow plants for habitat restoration.
April 11: Oxbow Farm Habitat Restoration, Carnation
Join KCD at Oxbow Farm for restoration planting and garden tour.
April 11: Adopt-A-Buffer Program Launch, Carnation
Help Stewardship Partners restore the banks of the Snoqualmie River.
April 13: SnoValley Tilth Monthly Potluck & Meeting, Carnation
Learn about soil pests from Rosy Smit and Sam Bowhay.
April 18: Duwamish Alive! Longfellow Creek Restoration, Seattle
Earth Day habitat restoration in collaboration with Duwamish Alive!
April 18: Earth Day Celebration, Newcastle
Event will include stories & music from the Salish Sea.
April 24: Saltwater State Park Earth Day Fair, Des Moines
Learn about individual choices to minimally impact the planet.
April 25: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and help grow plants for habitat restoration.
April 26: Lake Stewardship Workshop, Preston
Training for volunteers to monitor 34 lakes in unincorporated King County.
April 30: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Black Diamond
Kick-off for eight-week class for forest landowners.
Jim Haack Elected to 
King Conservation District
Board of Supervisors
     After more than a decade as a KCD cooperator and a year on our Advisory Board, Jim Haack's election to our Board of Supervisors will be certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission in May. 
     Jim and his family own and manage K-T Cattle Company near Carnation in the Snoqualmie Valley. Jim wrote about his background and vision for KCD in his candidate statement.
Telling the Conservation
District Story in Olympia
      On March 24th & 25th a team of five KCD staff and board members traveled to Olympia  for a whirlwind series of meetings with 35 state senators and representatives as part of Washington Association of Conservation Districts Legislative Days
     The meetings provided an opportunity to thank the legislators for their support and inform them about the King Conservation District's expanded 2015 Program of Work, which you can link to Here
Snoqualmie Valley Landowners Tackle
Drainage & Water Rights
  The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance (SVPA) hosted a community meeting on March 31st to address issues related to water availability and management. Josh Monaghan reported preliminary findings from a survey of local landowners on agricultural drainage, and guest speakers from Whatcom and Snohomish County spoke about their experiences with drainage districts. Photos and additional information about the meeting are on the KCD Facebook page
    The Carnation meeting was a major step toward formation of a Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District. For details on the proposal, see the SVPA website and click on "WID CONCEPT AND FAQ." 
Test Your Soil
for Spring Planting
     The King Conservation District provides up to five free soil tests for all residents in our service area. Test results include fertilizer recommendations. See our Soil Testing Program page for details on how to submit a soil sample and for links to additional information.
Revitalize Longfellow Creek 
as Part of Duwamish Alive!
      Join KCD in restoring West Seattle’s Longfellow Creek on Saturday, April 18th as part of Duwamish Alive! See the results of long-term efforts to control invasive species and replant with native trees and shrubs, and help restore healthy wildlife habitat to improve the Duwamish watershed. Click Here for details and online registration. 
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. We are currently scheduling use of the spreader between April 1st and September 31st. 
     The spreader is ground driven and can be towed by a small tractor or pick-up truck. We charge a $50 rental fee to cover the costs of delivery, insurance and maintenance. For details and a link to the online reservation form see the KCD Manure Spreader Loan Program.
2015 Regional Envirothon
Set for Maple Valley
     The King Conservation District will host this year's regional Envirothon on Thursday, April 30th, at the Lake Wilderness Lodge in collaboration with the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation and the City of Maple Valley. The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition for high school students and we will host teams from King, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.
     The winning team from each county will move on to the state competition May 27th & 28th in Clark County. Teachers and students interested in learning more about the Envirothon are encouraged to contact Kristen Reichardt, KCD Education Program Coordinator, 425-282-1927, or email:
Puget Sound Farm Guide Coming Soon!
     Look for the Cascade Harvest Coalition's 2015 Farm Guide in mid-April. The 64-page guide will include more than 200 local farms and farmers markets. If you'd like copies to distribute, contact Sheryl Wiser via email:
Register for April
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: April 10 & 25
     Longfellow Creek: April 18
See our website for more details:
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