King Conservation District, August 2016
Thanks for Joining KCD 
at the King County Fair
     The KCD pavilion buzzed with activity at the King County Fair in Enumclaw, July 14-17. 
     District staff members and volunteers shared information about KCD programs and services, and led fun activities for the kids. We also had KCD rental equipment on display, including our Manure Spreader and Mobile Poultry Processing Equipment.
     More than 1,100 people stopped by the KCD pavilion during the King County Fair, and we look forward to seeing you there next year!
Snoqualmie Valley Landowners Form
Watershed District
     KING-5 environmental reporter Alison Morrow interviewed Cynthia Krass, Director of the Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District, and Siri Erickson-Brown of Local Roots Farm about the importance of securing water rights in the Snoqualmie Valley. Link to the online archive of Alison's report HERE.
     The King Conservation District supported formation of the new Watershed Improvement District with a $95,000 KCD Regional Food System Program grant.
Tour Highlights
Snoqualmie Watershed 
Restoration Projects
     On July 20th the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum hosted a walking tour of habitat restoration projects at the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie River, followed by a series of presentations on climate change and the challenges of protecting salmon while preserving local agriculture. See the KCD Facebook page for photos and details.
     The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum Ten-Year Status Report summarizes progress toward salmon recovery over the past decade. The report highlights lessons learned and emerging issues that will shape the Forum's work for the next ten years.
Cultivating Success
Coming to Carnation Farm
     This fall Carnation Farm will host Washington State University's award-winning Cultivating Success course series in collaboration with KCD and the King County Agriculture Program.
     Learn about Cultivating Success on a free Farm Walk & Talk on August 29th at Carnation Farm.
     WSU's Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching series will be held Monday evenings, September 19th through December 5th. 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).
     See the Cultivating Success page on the WSU website to learn more about the program.
Celebrating the "Grand Re-Opening" of Calkins Point
     On July 14th the City of Mercer Island hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate re-opening Calkins Point. The event culminated the second phase of a major habitat restoration project at the northern tip of Luther Burbank Park. The King Conservation District awarded Mercer Island Parks & Recreation $80,000 in grants to assist with project design and construction. 
     Jessica Saavedra, KCD Grant Program Manager, produced an informative photo album highlighting elements of the restoration project. Link to the photos HERE.
Join the KCD Washington
Conservation Corps Crew
     Each year KCD hires two Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews to assist with riparian buffer plantings and maintenance in urban and rural areas, and with maintaining our native plant nursery.
     WCC is an AmeriCorps program that connects men and women, ages 18-25 years old with valuable work experience in the environmental field. KCD crew members learn about native and invasive plants, interact with environmental professionals, and learn restoration and monitoring techniques.
     See the Washington Conservation Corps website for details on the application process. 
KCD AmeriCorps Education
Programs Coordinator
Position Open
      The King Conservation District is seeking an AmeriCorps Education Programs Coordinator through the Washington Conservation Corps. This position is responsible for coordinating several KCD natural resource conservation education programs for adult and youth audiences, including the Envirothon, Land & Water Stewardship Workshops, Marine Shoreline Workshops, and farm tours.
     See the application on the KCD Employment Opportunities page for details on this AmeriCorps position
Max & Erin Prinsen
Preserve an
Ecological Treasure 
      In 1995 Max Prinsen, KCD Supervisor, and his wife Erin initiated a long-term crusade to save Shadow Lake Bog, a tiny remnant of the ancient bogs and wetlands that once dotted our region.
     Leah Abraham recently wrote an informative article for the Renton Reporter about the Prinsen's efforts to preserve the unique bog and make it available to the public.
     See the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve website for details on the bog's 20th Annual Frog Frolic, set for September 10th.

Chomp! is a Festival of
Local Food & Community

     Set for Saturday, August 20th, at Marymoor Park, Chomp! is King County's annual celebration of local agriculture, sustainable living, and diverse cultures. The event kicks off with Dinner in the Park on Friday, August 19.
     On Saturday the 20th, KCD will participate in the "Farmer for a Day." Pitch hay, take soil samples, meet farmers, and learn more about what it takes to produce our local food.
     See the Chomp! website for the full schedule of events for the whole family.

Calendar of Events

August 6: Tilth Harvest Fair, Seattle
Seattle Tilth's 29th annual country fair in the city.
August 6: Taste of the Valley, Carnation
Annual fundraiser for the Snoqualmie Preservation Alliance.
August 8: SnoValley Tilth Potluck & Tour, Duvall
Enjoy dinner with neighbors and tour Local Roots Farm.
August 10: Meet KCD at the Des Moines Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
August 11: Urban Agriculture & Food Access, Issaquah
King County sustainable cities roundtable.
August 13: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
August 13: Orchard Steward Training, Bellevue
City Fruit training for stewards of Holy Cross Lutheran Church's orchard.
August 14: Meet KCD at the Mercer Island Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
August 14: Vashon Island Growers Association Farm to Table Dinner
Annual benefit for the Vashon Farmers Market. 
August 18: Knotweed Control Workshop, North Bend
Learn knotweed control timing and techniques.
August 19: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
August 20: Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join in KCD's long-term efforts to restore Longfellow Creek.
August 20: Duwamish Watershed Festival, Seattle
Celebrate 10 years of Duwamish River restoration.
August 24: Meet KCD at the Sammamish Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
August 27: Forest Owners Field Day, Snoqualmie
Classes, demonstrations, tours, and resources for forest landowners.
August 27: Table to Farm Dinner, Carnation
SnoValley Tilth dinner at the Experience Farming Project.
August 29: Cultivating Success Farm Walk & Talk, Carnation
Learn about the WSU Cultivating Success course series.
August 31: Meet KCD at the Kirkland Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
September 17: Protect Your Stream or Wetland Property, Burien
Protect and beautify properties along streams, lakes and wetlands.
September 20: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Preston
Early registration discount deadline September 13. 
New Food System
Metrics Project to Document Growth of Local Agriculture
     The KCD Board of Supervisors recently allocated $125,000 to develop a new system to measure progress toward achieving goals of the King County Local Food Initiative.
     The Food System Program Metrics Project will catalog available farm-related food system data, develop a local food system metrics dashboard, identify data gaps, and support baseline data collection to fill key data gaps.
     See our website to learn about the KCD Regional Food System Program.
KCD Awarded Grant
to Develop New
Mobile Soils App
     In July the National Association of Conservation Districts awarded KCD a $49,500 grant to develop a crowd-sourced mobile app utilizing results from the KCD Soil Tests to create an interactive soil map for urban areas in King County.
     Urban residents will be able to refer to the online soils maps for planning food production or stewardship on their property. The map will show general soil qualities, nutrient levels, and potential contaminant hot spots. Over time layers can be added to the map to show a wide variety of resources, including educational programs, community gardens, master gardeners, and urban agriculture organizations.
    Participants in the KCD Soil Testing Service will be invited to participate in developing the online soil map, with the goal of releasing the free mobile app next spring.
KCD Funds Wide Range of Community Projects
     KCD awarded just under $281,000 in grants in first half of 2016 to ten public agencies and nonprofit organizations across King County.
     Funded projects range from continued support for Newcastle's annual Earth Day Celebration and Arbor Day events in Woodinville and Clyde Hill. The District is also supporting development of Seattle Tilth's educational programming at Kirkland's McCauliffe Park, promotion for the Auburn and Renton Farmers Market, environmental programs in Burien and Sammamish, and continued major support for the King County Agriculture Program
     See the KCD Grant Program page for details on each of these projects.
2016 Puget Sound
Forest Owners Field Day &
Forest Stewardship Courses
     As part of our expanded program of work, KCD contracted with WSU Extension Forestry to host Forest Field Days, Coached Planning Classes, and workshops in King County.
     The next Forest Owners Field Day is set for August 27th in Snoqualmie, followed by a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course starting September 20th in Preston.
Kokanee Salmon Return
to Lake Sammamish

     A decade of collaborative efforts by community, tribal and government organizations have brought Kokanee salmon back from the edge of extinction. Native to Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington, Kokanee now only spawn in a few streams feeding into Lake Sammamish
     In 2007 the Kokanee Work Group was formed to coordinate restoration efforts, and in 2009 KCD provided a $45,000 grant for an initial feasibility study. In 2013 the US Fish & Wildlife Service recognized more than 600 acres in the Lake Sammamish watershed as one of the nation's first Urban Wildlife Preserves
     Public television recently broadcast an EarthFix feature on Kokanee restoration efforts. See the Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership webpage for more details.

Engaging Veterans
in Habitat Restoration
     Over the past two months Chauncey Foster, KCD Restoration Coordinator, planned and implemented four events with veterans organizations, including The Mission Continues, Wounded Warrior Project, and Growing Veterans
     More than 20 military veterans and their families participated in habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek, Sturtevant Park, and Tilth Seattle's Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland. The projects provided an opportunity for the veterans and community members to re-connect with nature. 
     Click HERE for a set of photos Chauncey produced about his projects with military veterans.
Chauncey Foster Completes
Term as AmeriCorps
Restoration Coordinator
      Over the last 10 and a half months, Chauncey Foster, KCD AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator Intern, helped improve 11 acres along Longfellow Creek and at Totem Lake Park. His term of service through the Washington Service Corps ends on August 15and we will sincerely miss him.
     Chauncey's enthusiasm and drive helped to make his service year a great success. After his term ends, he plans to travel in South America prior to starting his next position as a reforestation research assistant in Madagascar.
Curriculum Writer
Wanted for Freshwater
Shoreline Education Program
     KCD is developing a new education program to assist homeowners who want to protect and enhance properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
     See our website for a link to an RFP for a professional educator to to write a Residential Freshwater Shoreline Homeowner Curriculum for King County landowners.
 Sept 17th Workshop for
Homeowners near Streams,
 Lakes & Wetlands
      Learn how to protect and enhance properties adjacent to freshwater aquatic areas. Free workshop September 17th, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM, Burien Community Center. Click HERE for details and online registration.
Grow a Food Forest
on Beacon Hill
      Acclaimed as the nation's first large-scale "edible park," Beacon Food Forest is recruiting stewards to participate in a three-part series of permaculture trainings, followed by work party leadership.
     Applications are due by August 18. See the Food Forest Stewardship page for a link to the online application form.
     The Beacon Food Forest stewardship education series is supported by a $32,681 KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant. The American Planning Association recently featured an interview about Beacon Hill's Enchanted Food Forest.
Seattle Celebrates
Discovery Park Restoration
      Lynda Mapes, environmental reporter for The Seattle Times, wrote a lovely article about the City of Seattle's efforts to restore Discovery Park and the continued need to protect wildlife habitat. Link to her article HERE.
     Over the past five years the King Conservation District has awarded a total of $224,000 in grants to Seattle Parks and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust for major habitat restoration projects in Discovery Park. 
     Learn more about restoration of the Capehart area in the park via the Seattle Parks & Recreation website.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: Aug 19 & 27
    Longfellow Creek, August 20
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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