King Conservation District, December 2016
Plan Your Orders for the
2017 Native Plant Sale
     Winter is the perfect time to plan for spring planting. Check the list of available plants on the KCD Native Plant Sale page and order from our wide array of bare-root trees, shrubs and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and habitat restoration.
     In addition to native plants, check out Specialty Items and Gift Certificates.
     Order plants now for pickup on March 11th at the 2017 KCD Native Plant Sale adjacent to our offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.
Learn about Landscaping
with Native Plants,
December 15th, Fall City
     Native plants are as at home in urban yards as in rural areas. Learn about the many benefits of incorporating native plants in your yard or property from Jacobus Saperstein, coordinator of the KCD Native Plant Sale. 
     Our first in a series of Using Native Plants in Your Landscape workshops will be Thursday, December 15th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Fall City Library.
While Dreaming about Spring
Planting, See Robert Norton's Recommended Fruit Varieties for Western Washington
     Dr Robert Norton, former Director of the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center, devoted much of his career to testing fruit varieties adapted to the Puget Sound region.
     Now retired to Vashon Island, Dr Norton continues to consult with fruit enthusiasts. See our website for his recently updated list of Fruit Varieties for Western Washington.
Meet Kevin Zobrist,
Author of Native
Trees of Western Washington
     Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forester, will talk about and sign his book, Native Trees of Western Washington, on Saturday, December 3rd from Noon to 4:00 PM at Sequel Books in Enumclaw. KCD Rural Forest Health Program Manager Mike Lasecki will also be on hand to talk about the District's services for forest landowners. For details click HERE.
Register Now for Online
Coached Forestry Course
     January 10th is the early registration discount deadline for the 2017 Winter Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course. The seven-week series includes Tuesday evening webinars from January 24th through March 7th, with a field trip on Saturday, March 4th.
     The course provides resources for everyone with trees on their property. See the WSU Extension Forestry page for details and online registration.
KCD Introduces New Wildfire
Services for Landowners
     The risk of wildfire is not exclusive to Eastern Washington. With stretches of dry weather becoming more prevalent and an ever-increasing amount of homes being built within undeveloped forest land, the right combination of conditions can bring wildfire closer than many of us could ever expect. Fortunately, there are some very simple things that residents can do to protect their homes.
    The King Conservation District is now offering services to assist communities in becoming better prepared for wildfire. For details click on the Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness Services page on our website.
Celebrate the Season
December 14th
Renton Community Center
     Join King Conservation District staff and KCD Advisory Committee members for our annual celebration on Wednesday, December 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Renton Community Center.
     Hear reports from KCD Regional Food System Program grant recipients and updates on our urban forestry and shoreline habitat restoration programs.
     To learn more about the event contact Melissa Tatro at 425-282-1921, or email:
Calendar of Events
December 1: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Renton
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
December 1: South Fork Snoqualmie River Flood Risk Reduction Strategy Meeting, North Bend
Learn about King County Flood Control District risk reduction strategies.
December 3: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
December 3: Native Trees of Western Washington Book Signing
Meet Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension Forester, and Mike Lasecki, KCD Rural Forest Health Program Manager.
December 9: Restore the Duwamish Shoreline, Tukwila
Join Forterra and the Green Tukwila Partnership in long-term restoration of the Duwamish River watershed.
December 10: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property, Issaquah
Protect properties near streams, lakes and wetlands.
December 10: Urban Forest Restoration, West Seattle
Participate in long-term project to restore Longfellow Creek.
December 12: Tolt River Flood Risk Reduction Strategy Meeting, Carnation
Learn about King County Flood Control District risk reduction strategies.
December 12: SnoValley Tilth Potluck & Annual Meeting, Carnation
Share good food, celebrate 2016 accomplishments and plans for 2017.
December 15: Landscaping with Native Plants, Fall City
Get practical advice on ways to incorporate native plants in urban and rural landscapes.
December 17: Meadowbrook Pond Work Party, Seattle
Help restore Meadowbrook Pond with the Seattle Tree Ambassadors.
December 28: Wondering About Wildlife, North Bend
Hands-on family event at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. 
December 31: Seattle Christmas Bird Count
Participate in North America's longest running citizen science survey.
January 12: Landscaping with Native Plants, Pacific
Get practical advice on ways to incorporate native plants in urban and rural landscapes.
KCD Crew Restores
McAleer Creek Habitat
     KCD Washington Conservation Corps crewmembers Bonnie Henwood and Harrison Houser used climbing gear to rappel down a steep slope during a restoration project along McAleer Creek in Lake Forest Park. See our Facebook page for more photos.
     McAleer Creek restoration was one of more than ten projects implemented this year through KCD's new Urban Shorelines Program.
Nancy Tosta Joins
KCD Board as
Associate Supervisor
     Nancy Tosta was recently appointed to advise the KCD Board of Supervisors as an Associate Member. Nancy has a Masters in Soil Science from UC Berkeley and has spent most of her more than 40 years of professional life addressing natural resource issues and policies in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the Burien City Council and represents the city and the Sound Cities Association in various capacities, including serving on the King County Growth Management Planning Council and the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council, in addition to serving on the KCD Advisory Committee.
     Nancy has a passion for conservation that ensures a healthy environment for future generations, with a particular emphasis on addressing needed changes in our currently unsustainable food system. Her expertise and passion are welcome contributions to the King Conservation District. 
KUOW Sponsorship
Announcements Celebrate
Resource Conservation
      This fall the King Conservation District initiated a series of sponsorship announcements on KUOW Public Radio highlighting natural resource conservation programs and projects in our community. The first round celebrated Highline College's new Urban Agriculture Program, the KCD Native Plant Sale and Regional Food System Program, and the City of Kirkland's environmental programs. 
     See our website to learn more about KUOW Spotlight featured projects and tune in for more KCD sponsorship announcements starting in late January.
McAuliffe Park Learning
Garden in the Spotlight
     The first in our KUOW Spotlight series featured several City of Kirkland projects supported by grants from the King Conservation District, including their partnership with Seattle Tilth to develop the McAuliffe Park Learning Garden and the work of the Green Kirkland Partnership. For details click HERE.
Free Urban Shorelines
Workshops Set for
December 1st, Renton &
December 10th, Issaquah
     Learn how to protect and beautify properties along streams, lakes and wetlands.
     Topics will include minimizing pollution runoff, controlling invasive weeds, utilizing native plants, and environmental regulations impacting your property. For details on each of the workshops click on the links below:
     December 1, 6:30-8:30 PM, Renton Highlands Library
     December 10, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM, Issaquah Library
Oh Boy! It's Time to
Register for the Envirothon!
     High school students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the 2017 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, Soil & Water Conservation.
     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 is set for March 29th at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.
     Contact Stacie Powers at the King Conservation District to sign up and learn more about Envirothon-related trainings. Call 425-282-1930, or email:
National Publication
Features KCD Urban
Forest Health Program
     The National Association of Conservation Districts published a detailed report on the KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program.
     The report featured our collaboration with the City of Snoqualmie, Forterra and the Green Snoqualmie Partnership on urban forest restoration, and projects with City of Seattle, City of Redmond, City of Clyde Hill, and Towns of Hunts Point and Yarrow Point. Link to the article HERE.
Volunteers Needed for Two December Projects
      We need help with two fun projects this month.
     First, we need someone to assist with gift wrapping for a couple of hours in our office any day before Tuesday, December 13th.
     Second, in mid-December we need help with several tasks at CitySoil Farm in Renton.
     For more details or to sign up for either of these projects email Nikki Wolf:
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