King Conservation District, July 2016
Join Us at the
King County Fair

July 14-17, Enumclaw
     King Conservation District will host a series of educational events at the King County Fair, July 14-17.
     We're looking for community volunteers who would like to partner with us to engage with people stopping at our booth to learn about the King Conservation District. This is also a great opportunity for natural resource organizations to get the word out about their programs and services to the more than 40,000 people expected to attend this year's fair.
      We'd love for you to join the KCD Outreach Team and volunteer to help at the King County Fair. Outreach staff will set up a training before the event to get you acquainted with KCD services, and you will receive free admission to the fair. If you are interested, email Nikki Marschke.
Learning to Live Along 
the Shores of Puget Sound
     KCD recently hosted a series of three "Where the Water Begins" workshops for people owning property along the bluffs and shores of Puget Sound. These workshops combined indoor and outdoor learning sessions where participants learned from experts about the impacts of human development on marine shorelines, recognizing geological hazards, and using native vegetation to reduce erosion.
     Emily Carlson, KCD Education Programs Coordinator, posted an excellent set of photos of the workshops on the KCD Facebook page.
Composting Livestock
Manure Workshop
July 21, Enumclaw
     Early evening workshop on chore-efficient manure composting on any size operation. Join us from 7:00-8:30 PM to learn about practical strategies for watering and aerating manure to make quality compost.
     Make your place healthier for your animals, reduce insect populations, and help your property be more productive during the growing season. Click HERE for details and online registration for the free workshop. 
Innovations in Horsekeeping
Workshop & Farm Tour
July 22, Preston
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water, Michelle Bowker from Laughing Horse Farm and special guest Karen O’Keefe from Australia will lead a day-long workshop on the latest in horse keeping techniques. Learn about managing paddocks to keep horses healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulated, and how a trail course can function as a rain garden, mud manager, and wildlife habitat.
     Set from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the free workshop will include a tour of a horse property with an expertly designed track paddock and trail course. Details and online registration are available HERE.
Learning About
the Bugs and the Bees
     In June KCD partnered with The Xerces Society to host three special workshops on native insects and pollinators. Topics included Beneficial Bugs on the Farm, Farming with Native Pollinators, and Native Pollinators in the City. See the Xerces Society's website for their series of books on attracting beneficial insects.
     Check out the Pollinator Workshop Photos posted on our Facebook page by Emily Carlson, KCD Education Program Coordinator
We Look Forward to Seeing
You at the Farmers Market 
     This summer KCD staff members and outreach volunteers will have an information booth at farmers markets across King County. Stop by to learn about our programs and services, and pick up a free packet of pollinator seeds!
     Here's our July schedule:
  July 2, Federal Way Farmers Market
  July 7, Burien Farmers Market
  July 20, Redmond Farmers Market
Opening for KCD
AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator 
      Last fall Chauncey Foster joined KCD as our first AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator. Since then he's provided tremendous service for the District, planning and implementing a wide range of habitat enhancement projects.
     Chauncey's term ends soon and we are seeking an equally dedicated young person, 18-25 years old, to serve as our AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator, starting October 1st and running through mid-August, 2017.
     See the application on the KCD Employment Opportunities page for details on this AmeriCorps position
Reaching Out to
Military Veterans 
      Encouraging veterans to become more involved in environmental restoration has been a prime initiative for Chauncey Foster, KCD Restoration Coordinator. Within the last two months he planned and implemented four events involving a total of 21 military veterans. 
     Chauncey coordinated with veteran organizations including The Mission Continues, Wounded Warrior Project, and Growing Veterans for habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek, Sturtevant Park, and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland. Projects included removing invasive plants, mulching freshly installed plants, and other tasks on the land.
     In our August newsletter we'll include more information and a link to photos about KCD's involvement with military veterans.

Calendar of Events

July 2: Meet KCD at the Federal Way Farmers Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
July 7: Elk Run Farm Grand Opening, Maple Valley
Celebrate the first growing season at the South King County Food Coalition's new farm.
July 7: Meet KCD at the Burien Farmers Market
Meet KCD staff and learn about our programs and services.
July 8, Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Policy planning to strengthen our regional food system.
July 9: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
July 11: SnoValley Tilth Potluck & Tour, Snohomish
Visit with neighbors and tour Caruso Farms.
July 14-17, King County Fair, Enumclaw
Bring the whole family to the annual King County Fair!
July 15: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
July 16: Table to Farm Dinner, Duvall
SnoValley Tilth dinner at Local Roots Farm.
July 16: Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour, Seattle
Self-guided tour of backyard farms with bees, goats, rabbits, and chickens.
July 20: Meet KCD at the Redmond Saturday Market
Stop by our booth to learn about KCD programs and services.
July 21: Composting Livestock Manure, Enumclaw
On-farm introduction to chore-efficient composting.
July 22: Innovations in Horsekeeping, Preston
Create a space for your horse that is healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulating.
July 23: Firewise for Horse & Livestock Owners
Plan to protect your property and animals from wildfire.
July 23: Matsuda Farm Celebration, Vashon
Summer fundraiser for Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.
July 24: Sustainable Small Farm Tour, Issaquah
See how one family creates a small farm paradise.
July 30: Totem Lake Habitat Restoration, Kirkland
Restore and maintain this ecologically important area in the heart of Kirkland.
KCD Initiates New Rural
Forest Program to Assist
Small Woodland Owners
     King Conservation District established our new Rural Forest Health Management Program to support stewardship practices for private landowners with less than five acres of woodlands.
     Mike Lasecki, Program Coordinator, and Jarret Griesemer, Forestry Project Coordinator, are available to assist landowners with developing Forest Stewardship Plans, consulting on forest health issues, and providing educational opportunities through our partnership with WSU Extension Forestry (outlined in the article below).
     The new program can help landowners access KCD cost-share funding for stewardship projects, receive recognition for their commitment to forest stewardship, and qualify for King County tax reduction programs.
WSU Expands Forestry
Education in King County
     KCD contracted with WSU Extension Forestry to provide expanded educational opportunities for King County forest landowners. Through this partnership, woodland owners have access to research-based education and assistance to improve forest health, wildlife, timber production, and forest management. 
     WSU Extension Forestry will host a Forest Owners Field Day on August 27th in Snoqualmie, and a Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course starting September 27th in Preston.
     WSU's online Forest Stewardship University also has more than 20 mini-courses on a wide range of topics specific to Washington forests.
     See the KCD Rural Forest Health Management Program page for continued updates on events and resources available from WSU Extension Forestry.
Courtney Naumann Joins
King Conservation District
Planning Team
     In early June Courtney Naumann, a recent graduate of Colorado State University, joined KCD as our newest Resource Planner.
     Courtney has a Natural Resources Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Environmental Communication and minors in Ecological Restoration and International Development.
     Prior to joining KCD, she worked with The Nature Conservancy, Warner College of Natural Resources, Center for Collaborative Conservation, City of Fort Collins, and multiple non-profit organizations.
     See our website to learn about KCD Farm Management Services.
Sustainable Small Farm Tour
July 24, Issaquah
     Join the King Conservation District for a very special tour of Bramsole Farm. Keith & Geneme, the owners and caretakers of this little piece of paradise, are raising almost all their food and supplementing their animals’ food on three acres, in a chemical-free manner.
     Meet Barbee beef cattle, a smaller breed bred down from Angus. See the heritage breed of pigs, American Guinea Hogs, along with mini-Lamancha goats. There also are loads of chickens, ducks and turkeys, along with unusual heritage crops of potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and berries.
     Keith and Geneme have made this life-style choice for the health of the food it provides them with, as well as for the welfare of the animals. Click HERE for more details and online registration. 
KCD Provides Continued
Support for Auburn International Farmers Market

     Open every Sunday from June through September, the Auburn International Farmers Market is a magnet for local shoppers and farmers. Opened in 2009 with the support of a $51,000 KCD start-up grant, over the past eight seasons the market has grown into a thriving community event in the heart of downtown Auburn.
     This year KCD provided the Auburn Farmers Market with an additional $20,000 grant to support community outreach, consumer education, and implementation of a new program to enable community members to use SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh, locally grown produce. The project will contribute to King County's goal of doubling demand for locally grown produce in ten years.
     See our website to learn more about the KCD Member Jurisdiction Grant Program, including links to summaries of grants awarded over the past 20 years.

KCD Washington
Conservation Corps Crews
Featured on KING-5 News
     The King Conservation District currently employs two Washington Conservation Corps crews with a total of 12 young people assisting with resource conservation projects across the county.
     Environmental reporter Alison Morrow highlighted the assistance WCC crewmembers provide private landowners in a KING-5 newscast.
     Applications will be accepted starting July 15th for the next round of Washington Conservation Corps positions. The program is a great opportunity for young people and military veterans interested in resource conservation careers.
Prepare Your Home and
Property for Wildfire
      The increased risk of wildfires across the country has many people on high alert. The challenge is especially acute for rural residents with livestock.
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water is planning a special presentation on Firewise for Horse & Livestock Owners from 11:00 AM-1::00 PM on Saturday, July 30th. The free workshop will focus on identifying wildfire risks around horse and livestock properties, appropriate actions to minimize risks, and ways to expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise. 
     The workshop location hasn't been confirmed, but check HERE for updates and online registration. 
Landowners Get Paid to
Protect Salmon Habitat
      The King Conservation District facilitates landowner participation in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), which provides financial incentives for farmers to voluntarily establish and maintain riparian buffers to protect and restore fish habitat. Landowners who enroll agricultural land in CREP and remove it from production receive rental payments for 10 to 15-year contracts.
     See the KCD Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program page on our website to learn more about the benefits of participating in this important program to protect and enhance salmon habitat.
There's Nothing Like
the Smell of Fresh
Manure in the Morning
     KCD Manure Match links livestock owners who have surplus manure with organic gardeners and farmers seeking manure and compost for enriching their soils.
     See our Manure Match page to find manure sources and get details on how to add your farm to the list.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: July 9 & 15
    Totem Lake, July 30
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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