King Conservation District, January 2015
King Conservation District
Stock up on Native Plants - Order Deadline February 6th!
     The 2015 KCD Native Bareroot Plant Sale features a diverse selection of trees, shrubs and berries for wildlife habitat, hedgerows, stream enhancement, and home landscapes. New this year are Deer Fern, Fringecup, and two species of 3' native Willow stakes, plus two types of Plant Protectors.
      The annual KCD Native Plant Sale is a sure sign of Spring! Order online by February 6th for the best selection. Plant pick-up and and walk-up sales are Saturday, February 28, adjacent to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton.
Planting a
Backyard Paradise
     Marlla Mhoon, Covington City Councilmember, devoted more than 20 years to transforming an overgrown area behind her home into a wildlife oasis with trees and shrubs she purchased from the KCD Native Plant Sale. Marlla eradicated invasive species and re-planted with native shrubs, including Ocean Spray, Pacific Ninebark, and Red Elderberry, with an overstory of Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, and Red Cedar. For additional details and photos of Marlla's backyard paradise click Here.
Make the Most of Manure
     The King Conservation District has two programs for managing manure.
    Manure Match links livestock owners with farmers and gardeners seeking free sources of compost and mulch. Visit our Manure Match Program page for details. Click on the "Manure Match Form" near the bottom to indicate whether you are a supplier or are looking for a source of free manure.
     In addition to the Manure Match, KCD has a two-yard compost spreader for loan to landowners in our service area. The spreader is available from April 1st through September 31st. Reservations are required. Go to the Manure Spreader Service page for details and a link to an online reservation form.
KCD Informs Bridle Trails
Horse Owners about
Best Management Practices
     Bridle Trails is a unique equestrian neighborhood where an estimated 200 homeowners raising approximately 300 horses on small, suburban lots. Last year KCD provided a $22,000 grant to fund a collaborative program with Horses for Clean Water, City of Bellevue and City of Kirkland to host a series of workshops to inform horse owners about best practices for managing pastures, mud and manure. The grant also funded a video on equestrian BMPs and a study on the feasibility of capturing energy from manure.
     The workshops were presented by Alayne Blickle, Director of Horses for Clean Water. In mid-summer she produced an informative video with the City of Bellevue entitled Healthy Horses, Clean Water, followed in August with a beautiful photo essay, Small Horse Property Tour.
     As an option for managing horse manure, the City of Bellevue contracted with a consulting firm to conduct a study on the potential for constructing a methane digester to transform the waste into an energy source. Unfortunately, the study concluded that a methane digester wouldn't be cost-effective for the neighborhood. If you'd like to request a copy of the Bridle Trails Anaerobic Digester Feasibility Study, contact Mike Graves, City of Bellevue Water Quality Supervisor,
Kevin Zobrist Book Signing Enumclaw, January 17
     WSU Forestry Specialist Kevin Zobrist will sign his beautiful new book, Native Trees of Western Washington, January 17th at The Sequel Books in Enumclaw. KCD staff will be on hand with a raffle for free copies of the book and a special discount code for the KCD Native Plant Sale. See our Facebook event page for details.

Calendar of Events

January 9: Puget Sound Food Policy Council Meeting, Seattle
Developing policy recommendations to strengthen local and regional food systems.
January 10: Cascadia Grains Conference, Olympia
Revitalizing grain production west of the Cascades.
January 17: Tolt River Action Plan Presentation, Carnation
Community meeting on flood risk reduction and salmon habitat restoration efforts for the Lower Tolt River.
January 17: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
January 17: Native Trees of Washington Book Signing, Enumclaw
Meet the author, Kevin Zobrist, and get a discount code for the KCD Native Plant Sale.
January 19: Martin Luther King Day of Service, King County
Volunteer to honor the memory of Dr Martin Luther King.
January 20: Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching, Everett
Kickoff for a 12-week Cultivating Success course.
January 22: Growing Cities Film Screening, Seattle
Inspiring urban agriculture documentary.
January 23: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
January 24, Permaculture Design Course, Seattle
Introduction to permaculture design principles.
January 26: Harnessing Change: Community Sustainability Forum, Seattle
Strategies for ensuring a healthy future for our region.
January 31: Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool, Stanwood
Opening talk by Temple Grandin on January 30 followed by dozens of informative workshops.
February 19: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Webinar
Start of seven-week forest management course.
Greetings for the New Year!
       Sara Hemphill, King Conservation District Executive Director, reflected on last year's accomplishments and outlined goals for 2015 in her annual message. Thanks to the active engagement of our Advisory Committee and the support of the Sound Cities Association and King County Council, the District is positioned to provide increased support to member jurisdictions and local landowners. See her full message and a link to our 2015 Program of Work on our website:
Toss Your Hat in the Ring
as a Candidate for
KCD Board of Supervisors
     January 16th is the deadline to file as a candidate for our 2015 election, which begins February 24th. The KCD Board of Supervisors oversees the District's budget and provides policy guidance and oversight to staff.
     To file as a candidate go to the Washington State Conservation Commission website and click on "Application for Appointment as a CD Supervisor."
KCD Awards More than
$1 Million in Grants
     Last year the King Conservation District awarded a total of $1,090,595 in grants to 30 local governments and nonprofit organizations in King County.
     The KCD Grant Program funds projects that directly improve natural resources, provide education and outreach, build capacity to enhance implementation of natural resource improvements, and implement pilot or demonstration projects. 2014 grants ranged from $5,775 for the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists, to $200,000 to support the King County Agriculture Program.
     For a full list of 2014 grant awards, with descriptions and contact information for each project, click Here.
Register for Land & Water Stewardship Workshops
     The King Conservation District offers a four-part series of free Land & Water Stewardship Workshops designed to help livestock owners with practices to have less mud, improved pastures, better manure management, and healthy streams and wetlands. The workshops are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM.
     The workshop topics and dates are Stream Buffers, February 19, Mud Management, February 26, Manure Management, March 5, and Pasture Management, March 19
. For program details and online registration click Here.
Cost-Share Applications
Now Being Accepted
      Property owners with KCD farm or technical assistance plans are eligible for 50% to 90% cost-share assistance through the Landowner Incentive Program to implement one of 15 eligible conservation practices, including reimbursement for cover crop seeds.
     Last year KCD awarded $238,974 in cost-share funding to private landowners, and $500,000 will be available in 2015. See our website for details on how to apply for the KCD Landowner Incentive Program.
Join Us at the Northwest 
Flower & Garden Show!
The King Conservation District will have a booth at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Seattle, February 11-15. We’ll be highlighting our soil testing service and showcasing the District's new urban programs.
     Stop by our booth to meet our staff and learn about KCD programs and services. Also, take the opportunity to drop off a soil sample for a free analysis. See our Soil Testing Program page for sampling instructions and a submittal form.
     The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is always fun and informative. We look forward to seeing you there!
Care for Urban Fruit Trees
      Get hands-on experience with pruning fruit trees in a series of City Fruit "Prune-a-thon" Workshops in Seattle this winter. 
     Also visit the City Fruit website to learn about their Master Fruit Tree Steward program, funded with a KCD Seattle Community Partnership grant.
Register for January KCD Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here's this month's schedule:
     Native Plant Nursery: Jan 23
     Urban Forest Restoration: Jan 17
See our website for more details:
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