Issaquah Creek Restoration
Supports Salmon Restoration
King Conservation District supported more than a decade of restoration efforts in the Log Cabin Reach Natural Area
along Issaquah Creek
with a $25,000 grant
to the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council
The natural area has some of the Issaquah area's largest old trees and the creek is home to Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye Salmon, plus Cutthroat and Steelhead Trout
KCD provided funding to clear invasive species on more than seven acres and re-plant with 7,150 native trees and shrubs
, including Snowberry, Salmonberry, Hazelnut, Cascara, Indian Plum, Oregon Grape, and Douglas Fir. At the site more than 1,000 people participated in 25 volunteer events
, including large groups from Boeing and Microsoft.
Students Pitch in to Expand
Garden for Refugees
More than 40 high school students participating in the National Student Leadership Conference
, volunteered to help expand the growing area at Saint Columba's Church in Kent
. The community garden is being developed in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee
to provide increased opportunities for refugees and recent immigrants to grow fresh food. See our Facebook page
for photos of the garden party.
KCD Provides Students
with Hands-On Lessons
in Stormwater Management
, KCD K-12 Program Development Coordinator, has developed stormwater curricula for children of all ages. KCD Stormwater Education Programs
include Water on Wheels
for K-6th grade, Environmental Detectives
for 8th grade, and the Envirothon
for high school students. All programs are designed to help cities meet NPDES Phase II permit requirements for public education and outreach, align with the Next Generation Science Standards, and are designed to be easily integrated into current classroom programming.
See our K-12 Stormwater Education Program
to learn about our curricula.
Signs Point to Sky High
Fire Danger this Summer
Following our wettest winter on record, we're on track to set a new record for summer drought. As a result, our fields and forests are tinder dry.
King Conservation District and King County have resources available to help landowners become better prepared to protect their homes and property in the event of wildfire. For a free on-site assessment of your wildfire risk, contact:
Jarret Griesemer, KCD Firewise Projects Coordinator, Phone: 425-282-1925, Email: Jarret.Griesemer@kingcd.org
Linda Vane, King County Forestry Program, Phone: 206-477-4842, Email: Linda.Vane@kingcounty.gov
Farm Walk, Mosby Farms,
Auburn, July 31
Tour one of King County's largest produce farms and learn about the WSU Cultivating Success
course, which starts in September. For farm walk details click HERE
Vashon Forest Owners
Field Day, August 5 /
Coached Forestry Class
Starting September 12
WSU Extension Forestry
is hosting a series of programs for King County forest landowners, starting with a Vashon Island Field Day, August 5th
is the early registration discount deadline for the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course at the Preston Community Center
. The seven-week series includes Tuesday evening webinars from September 12th through October 31st, and a field trip Saturday, October 21st. See the WSU Extension Forestry
page for details and online registration.
Beaver Biology & Management Workshop
Fall City, August 15
Increasing beaver populations are impacting farmland and urban areas across King County. Learn from experts about how to "think like a beaver" in order to understand their behavior and implement effective management strategies. For details click HERE
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
See the Volunteer Opportunities
page on our website to learn about upcoming events and to join the KCD Outreach Team. This month we will host the following volunteer event:
Native Plant Nursery: August 18th
|July 31: Farm Walk - Mosby Brothers Farms, Auburn
WSU Cultivating Success: Learning to farm as a business.
August 2: Dairy Nutrient Management Tools, Enumclaw
Free WSU workshop for dairy farmers.
August 5: Vashon Island Forest Owners Field Day
WSU Extension Forestry training for landowners.
August 12: Firewise in the Foothills Farm Tour, Enumclaw
Making small horse farms efficient and safe from wildfires.
August 14: SnoValley Tilth Potluck & Tour, Fall City
Visit with neighbors and tour Steel Wheel Farm.
August 15: Think Like a Beaver Workshop, Fall City
Learn about beaver biology and management.
August 18: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for habitat restoration.
August 18: Dinner in the Park, Redmond.
Local food feast prelude to Chomp!
August 19: Chomp!, Redmond
Annual celebration of local food and farming.
August 19: South King County Food Growers Gathering, Auburn
Planning for Living Well Kent Food Summit.
August 19: Farm-to-Table Dinner, Duvall
SnoValley Tilth fundraiser at K-T Cattle Company.
September 9: 21st Annual Frog Frolic, Renton
Biggest event of the year at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve.
September 18-December 4: Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching
WSU Cultivating Success course simultaneously in Enumclaw, Vashon Island, and Snohomish County.
KCD Marine Shorelines
Landowners about Living on
the Edge of Puget Sound
Since 2006 KCD has hosted "Where the Water Begins Workshops" to provide expert advice about the challenges of owning property along Puget Sound bluffs and shorelines.
This year a total of 63 landowners attended KCD workshops at Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way
, Vashon Island
, and Discovery Park in Seattle
. The workshops provided landowners with an opportunity to learn about the ecology, geology and vegetation on marine shoreline and bluff properties. Following classroom sessions, participants also had an opportunity for beach walks to see some of their new knowledge in a real-world setting. Watch our newsletter for next year's workshop schedule.
Kent Hillside Garden
Continues to Bloom
In early July Dave Upthegrove, King County Councilmember,
presented the Hillside Paradise Community Garden in Kent with a check for $75,000 to install an irrigation cistern
. While there he participated in one of the first harvests from the gardens, which are a joint project of Hillside Church
, World Relief Seattle, and KCD
Additional recent news includes receipt of a $30,000 grant
from the 30/30 Project
and Construction for Change
for next steps on depaving parking areas, and a $12,000 grant
from the Nature Conservancy
to address the site's identified water challenges. Follow development of the garden on the Hillside Paradise Parking Plots
King County Fair was
a Hoot Again this Year
The KCD booth at the King County Fair
in Enumclaw was a hub of activity throughout the four-day event. Fairgoers had an opportunity to learn about programs and services from KCD, King-Pierce Farm Bureau, and other agencies, while children met Bert the Salmon, Smokey Bear and Scoopy Doo.
, UW professor and author of Growing a Revolution
, gave a talk on his research on the relationships between soils, civilizations and human health. Following his presentation KCD staff members Liz Clark
and Emmett Wild
showed Dr. Montgomery the District's new no-till drill
, which will be available for loan to landowners starting later this summer.
The King County Fair
continues to grow in popularity each year and we look forward to seeing you there next July!
South King County
Living Well Kent
Food Growers Meet
August 19, Auburn
, Tilth Alliance
and Shared Soil
will host a South King County Food Growers
meeting on Saturday, August 19th
from Noon to 3:30 PM at Red Barn Farm
, 17601 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd, Auburn.
The afternoon will include a local foods lunch, a tour of the farm, and planning for the first Living Well Kent Food Summit in October
. Details on the August 19th gathering will be posted on the Living Well Kent website
Megan Melick Joins KCD
Resource Planning Team
KCD's new Resource Planner, Megan Melick, grew up on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, and a minor in Political Science. She also holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree, with a concentration in Environmental Biology, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Megan has worked on many wildlife research projects, including her first adventure studying parrots and macaws at remote locations in the Amazon Basin in Peru. Prior to joining KCD, she worked for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and served as a board member for the Bucks County Audubon Society. Please join us in welcoming Megan to the Puget Sound region.
Join the Washington
Conservation Corps and
Help Save the Earth!
Each year KCD hires two Washington Conservation Corps
crews to assist with habitat restoration, including urban and rural riparian buffer plantings, and help with maintaining our native plant nursery. The program connects men and women, ages 18-25 years old, with valuable preparation for environmental careers. For details on the WCC crew
positions contact Matthew Evinger
Two AmeriCorps Individual
Placement Positions Open
We are recruiting for two AmeriCorps
individual placement positions to start this fall: Volunteer & Restoration Projects Coordinator
and Education Projects Coordinator
. For information about these positions contact Nikki Wolf at AmeriCorpsJobs@KingCD.org
Find Fresh Farm
The annual Tilth Farm Guide
includes listings for more than 225 farms and farmers markets in twelve counties in Northwest Washington. Free copies are available at more than 600 locations in the Puget Sound area, and the guide can also be found online at Puget Sound Fresh
Celebrate Local Food
& Farming at Chomp!
Redmond, August 18 & 19
Marymoor Park in Redmond will host the Chomp Dinner in the Park
the evening of August 18th, and the Chomp Festival
on Saturday, August 19th. The annual event is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate King County agriculture, with a delicious dinner and fun activities for the whole family.
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