King Conservation District, December 2015
King Conservation District
Place Orders Now
for 2016 KCD
Native Plant Sale!
     Pre-ordering is underway for the 2016 KCD Native Plant Sale. Orders placed by December 15th receive a 10% discount.
     More than 50 species of native trees, shrubs and groundcovers are available in this year's sale. Make your selections now for enhancing home landscapes, hedgerows, and wildlife habitats.
     Pick up plants at our Native Plant Sale & Community Fair, March 5th at our offices in Renton.
Native Plants Focus
of January 12th
Conservation Conversation
     Mark your calendars for a KCD Conservation Conversation on Native Plants, 6:00-8:00 PM, January 12th at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle.
     KCD staff and partners will explore the use of native plants in an evening of hands-on intensive learning. Topics will include benefits of native plants for wildlife habitat, plant selection, erosion control, and removing invasive plants. For more details contact Melissa Tatro via email:
Farmers Participate in 
County-Wide Agricultural
Drainage Survey
      In 2015 KCD collaborated with King County on agricultural drainage projects that cleared more than two miles of channels on five farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. Now Katie Pencke, KCD Agricultural Drainage Project Coordinator, is surveying landowners to identify drainage problems county-wide.
     The survey results will be compiled to aid in increasing funding for voluntary drainage projects that expand agricultural production. If you are a King County farmer, please complete the Agricultural Drainage Survey by December 31st.
     Also, if you have an agricultural drainage channel that needs dredging to improve the productivity of your fields, contact Lou Beck, King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program, at 206-477-3232, or to schedule a site visit.
KCD Initiates New
Program to Enhance
Urban Aquatic Areas
     In 2015 KCD expanded its Aquatic Area Enhancement Services to assist urban homeowners with protecting and improving the health of streams, wetlands, and marine shorelines. Landowners in member jurisdictions are eligible for free project design and management services, as well as cost-sharing on materials and labor. The District also covers most of the cost on three years of maintenance and monitoring to ensure a high rate of plant survival.
     See our Facebook page for photos of the District's Urban Aquatic Area Enhancement Services. To learn more about the program, contact Adam Jackson at 425-282-1908, or email:
Volunteer in the KCD
Native Plant Nursery
December 5th
     Brave the rains this Saturday and join us for a work party in the KCD Native Plant Nursery. Volunteer events in the nursery include education about native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and wetland plant species. All native plants raised at the nursery are used on King Conservation District projects, donated to partner agencies, or are used by volunteers on their own projects.
Fong Li Makes 
Habitat Restoration
a Family Affair
     For the past four years longtime KCD steward Fong Li has gathered family and friends to participate in habitat restoration projects across King County. In mid-November he brought 25 volunteers out in stormy weather to plant 270 native shrubs and groundcovers along Silver Creek near North Bend. To date Fong Li's group has volunteered more than 500 hours on KCD restoration projects. See our Volunteer Opportunities page for details on how to schedule a private restoration event for your family or organization.
Request Free
2016 Conservation District
     Contact the KCD offices to request a free copy of the 2016 Puget Sound Conservation Districts Calendar. Each month learn about the twelve conservation districts that serve the Puget Sound region. The free calendars are available by calling Shanna Hobbs at 425-282-1899, or email:
     See the Puget Sound Conservation District Caucus website to learn about each of the twelve member districts' programs to encourage and support voluntary stewardship of vital natural resources.
See You at the
2016 Northwest Flower
& Garden Show!
     KCD staff will share a booth with neighboring conservation districts at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Plan to stop by for information on our programs and services, drop off soil samples, and learn how to read the results of your soil tests. See you there!

Calendar of Events

December 5: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
December 5: Native Plant Salvage, Snoqualmie
Rescue native plants from future construction site.
December 5: Hedgerow Planting at Oxbow Farm, Carnation
Participate in Stewardship Partners project to protect the Snoqualmie River.
December 6: Duwamish River Restoration, Tukwila
Restore native plants near the Tukwila Community Center.
December 12: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
December 12: Community Tree Walk, Lake City
Celebrate the season and learn about evergreen conifers.
December 12: Mount Baker Day of Service, Seattle
Remove invasives and install native plants at Mount Baker Park.
December 13: Plant a Pollinator Garden, Seattle
Help plant a beautiful new garden on Beacon Hill.
December 14: SnoValley Tilth Annual Meeting, Carnation
Agenda will include board elections and 2016 program planning.
December 16: KCD Program Celebration, Carnation
Celebrate KCD’s new Regional Food System, Forest Health, and Urban Shorelines Programs.
December 16: Forest Restoration at Viewpoint Park, Redmond
Join the Green Redmond Partnership in transforming Viewpoint Park.
January 12: Native Plants Conservation Conversation, Seattle
Contact Melissa Tatro for details on the next KCD Conservation Conversation:
Feb 17-21: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Learn about KCD programs and services.
First Round of
Regional Food System
Grants Awarded
     In early 2015 the King Conservation District initiated a new Regional Food System Program to strengthen our agricultural economy.
     KCD recently awarded the first round of Regional Food System Grants totaling $663,878. Recipients included Nelli Farms, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Highline College, SnoValley Tilth, King County Agriculture Program, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, Washington State University, and HumanLinks Foundation/21 Acres.
     See our website for details on the KCD Regional Food System Program.
Mary Embleton New
KCD Regional Food System
Program Manager
     Join us in welcoming Mary Embleton as the new KCD Regional Food System Program Manager. Mary came to us from the Cascade Harvest Coalition, which she directed since 1999. She brings more than three decades of passion, experience and expertise in natural resource management, agricultural economics, and food system development.
     In her new position, Mary will coordinate the KCD Regional Food System Programincluding Early Action Projects and Food System Grants. Under Mary's guidance, our new program is positioned to make an enduring contribution toward strengthening King County's food economy. 
Join Us December 16th
to Celebrate the Launch of
KCD's New Programs 
     Celebrate with the KCD Advisory Committee and our many partners who worked throughout the year to help us launch new programs to strengthen our regional food system, enhance forest health, and restore urban aquatic areas.  We will highlight accomplishments to date and plans for the coming year. The event will be Wednesday, December 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation. For more information contact Melissa Tatro at 425-282-1921, or email:
Communities Partner
with KCD for
Healthy Urban Forests
     In November the KCD Board of Supervisors approved the first round of projects and technical assistance through the District's new Urban Forest Health Management Program.
     Eight cities were selected for 2016 projects, including Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and four members of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration: Snoqualmie, Burien, Normandy Park, and Sammamish.
     See our website to learn more about the KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program. In the first quarter of 2016 we will announce the next Urban Forest Health request for proposals.
Department of Ecology
Targets Water Quality in
White River Watershed
      KCD and the Washington Department of Ecology are collaborating on outreach to landowners to address water quality concerns in the White River watershed. Ecology staff will be working with landowners near Boise, Pussyfoot, and Second Creek to identify and remediate sources of fecal coliform, temperature and nutrient water pollution. Ecology staff will soon be conducting field surveys in these watersheds and will meet with landowners to discuss agricultural and water quality Best Management Practices. Ecology and KCD staff will help landowners meet goals for water quality protection and livestock management.
     See our website to learn more about White River Watershed Outreach Programs. If you would like assistance with improving water quality on your property, contact Marc LaCasse, Ecology Nonpoint Inspector, at 360-407 6554,, or Erin Ericson, KCD Resource Planner, at 425-282-1911,
High School Students
Register for
2016 Envirothon
     High school students and teachers interested in natural resource conservation are encouraged to participate in the 2016 Envirothon. The annual event is a hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition. Teams of 9th through 12th graders demonstrate their knowledge in five subject areas: Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, Aquatic Ecology, and this year’s current environmental topic, Invasive Species.
     The Envirothon gives students a chance to learn from professionals, develop teamwork, and explore resource management first-hand. See our website to learn more about the Envirothon. The Northwest Washington competition will be held in April, 2016. Contact Emily Carlson at the King Conservation District to sign up and learn more about Envirothon-related trainings. Call 425-282-1930, or email:
KCD Forestry Program
Position Open for 
Miltary Veteran
     The King Conservation District is seeking candidates for the AmeriCorps position of Urban and Rural Forestry Program Coordinator through the VetsWork program. VetsWork is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans in work related to natural resources management, public lands and the environment. See the Employment Opportunities page on our website for links to the full job description and application information.
Snoqualmie Valley
Landowners Approve
Watershed District
     Well over 90% of Snoqualmie Valley landowners voted in a special election to establish a new Watershed Improvement District. The King County Council is expected to certify the election and swear in the new commissioners in early December. See the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance website for updates.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery near Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here is this month's schedule:
    Native Plant Nursery: December 5
    Longfellow Creek: December 12
See our website for more details on all KCD volunteer opportunities:
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