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King Conservation District, January 2018
Place Orders Now for
2018 Native Plant Sale!
Our annual Native Plant Sale features 70 species of native trees and shrubs, with a focus on affordable bareroot and plug material. We have already sold out of several species! Ordering early ensures best selection. Visit the Native Plant Sale page on our website for details and online ordering.

The Plant Pick-up day is Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, adjacent to our offices in Renton. Plants will also be available for purchase on February 24, but order ahead online to ensure we have what you need in stock. We look forward to seeing you!
KCD Launches New
Community Agriculture
Online Map!
The new KCD Community Agriculture Program recently launched an interactive online map designed to encourage people to learn, explore, and get involved with local food access projects near them. The map was was developed with funding from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Site visitors can learn about soil health, food security, conservation of natural resources, and how to volunteer or connect in other ways. Stay tuned because the Community Agriculture Map will be growing in 2018! Click HERE to view the online map.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers! In 2017, 863 volunteers donated a total of 2,395 hours of service to KCD projects including our Native Plant Nursery, Longfellow Creek Forest Restoration, Conservation Projects, Stream Stewards, and outreach events.

Learn how you can get involved by visiting our Volunteer Opportunities web page.
Meet Ashley Allan,
New Shoreline & Riparian
Habitat Program Assistant
Ashley Allan joined KCD in December, 2017, as our new Shoreline & Riparian Habitat Program Assistant. Ashley has a background in stream restoration and environmental education through previous work with the Adopt-a-Stream Foundation and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

A Washington native, Ashley grew up in Kent and later moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where she earned a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in marine ecology. Ashley's new position will focus on planning and installation of aquatic area enhancement projects, and coordinating the annual Native Plant Sale.
Meet Melissa Tatro,
Community Agriculture Coordinator
KCD is pleased to announce that Melissa Tatro is stepping into a new role as Community Agriculture Coordinator. Melissa joined KCD in 2014 to support our expanding Engagement activities and has helped our organization build many partnerships as Outreach Coordinator. She now brings that same commitment and energy to helping communities develop urban gardens of all shapes and sizes.

One of Melissa's projects is helping people bring food closer to home via the new KCD Community Agriculture online map. Link to it HERE.
See You at the
2018 Northwest
Flower & Garden Festival
KCD Staff will be at the 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, February 7 to 11, with information and DIY projects that encourage native pollinators in your landscape design. Stop by our booth for information on all of KCD's programs and services, drop off soil testing samples, and learn how to read the results of your test.

Interested in working a shift at this year's Flower and Garden Festival? Contact Ann Prusha by emailing ann.prusha@kingcd.org to sign up and receive FREE admission.
Calendar of Events
January 12: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day, Renton
Help KCD staff maintain trees and plants used in King County projects.
January 13: Jumpstart Your Yard Workshop, Woodinville
Learn how to transform your yard.
January 13: Mine Creek Restoration, Snoqualmie Valley
Restore natural areas at Mine Creek Day Use Area.
January 13: Native Plant Nursery MLK Weekend of Service, Issaquah
Help pot native trees and shrubs.
January 14: Wildwood Park MLK Weekend of Service, Mercer Island
Help restore an urban forest.
January 15: Longfellow Creek MLK Day of Service, West Seattle
Clean up the waterway along Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail.
January 15: Big Finn Hill Park MLK Day of Service, Kirkland
Build ecological value and diversity by planting trees and shrubs.
January 15: Greenridge Natural Area MLK Day of Service, Snoqualmie
Remove invasive plants.
January 15: Meadow Park MLK Day of Service, Redmond
Plant native trees and shrubs.
January 15: Hillman City MLK Day of Service, Seattle
Remove invasive ivy and cut back overgrown vegetation.
January 15: Cheasty Greenspace MLK Day of Service, Central Seattle
Help restore a 43-acre urban forest.
January 15: Whitney Bridge Park MLK Day of Service, Auburn
Build salmon habitat by planting trees and shrubs.
January 15: Pigeon Point Park MLK Day of Service, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 15: Duwamish Shoreline MLK Day of Service, Tukwila
Remove invasive plants and restore a shoreline.
January 15: Tukwila Park MLK Day of Service, Tukwila
Remove invasive plants and mulch new native plantings.
January 16-20: Grand Ridge Park Backcountry Trail Work Party, Issaquah
Help repair backcountry trails.
January 17: Pint-Sized Science - Repair Revolution, Seattle
Learn about roadways and stormwater pollution. 
January 17: Lake Union Kayak Patrol, Seattle
Monitor pollution on Lake Union.
January 19-20: Cascadia Grains Conference, Olympia
Learn how to strengthen the role of grains in our local food economy.
January 20: Rain Gardens on Rural Properties, Woodinville
Learn to harvest rainwater to improve property and help the environment.
January 20: Greenway Native Plant Nursery Tree Planting, Issaquah
Help pot native trees.
January 20: Meadowbrook Pond Work Party, Seattle
Remove invasive plants.
January 20: Mount Si Trail Maintenance, Mount Si
Help maintain Mount Si Trail.
January 20: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 20: Viewpoint Open Space Dig In, Redmond,
Remove invasive plants to clear space for native plantings.
January 20: Magnuson Park Forest Work Party, North Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant trees and shrubs, and mulch new plantings.
January 20: Tokul Bypass Forest Planting, Snoqualmie
Help improve forest habitat by planting trees along a pond.
January 23: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 23-27: Grand Ridge Park Backcountry Trail Work Party, Issaquah
Help repair backcountry trails.
January 24: Lake Union Kayak Patrol, Seattle
Monitor pollution on Lake Union.
January 25: Landscaping with Native Plants, Issaquah
Learn the benefits of incorporating native plants into your yard or property.
January 25: Residential Rain Garden Workshop, Seattle
Learn how to plan, prep, plant and maintain a residential rain garden.
January 27: Natural Yard Care Class, Renton
Learn tips for designing a sustainable landscape.
January 27: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 27: Island Crest Park Forest Restoration, Mercer Island
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 27: Longfellow Creek Forest Restoration, West Seattle
Help restore salmon habitat to the second largest salmon-bearing creek in Seattle.
January 27: Dumas Bay, Federal Way
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 27: Farrel-McWhirter Park Planting Party, Redmond
Help plant a future forest park.
January 27: Meeker Creek Restoration Site Work Party, Puyallup
Help maintain and restore habitat.
January 30: Landscaping with Native Plants, Redmond
Learn the benefits of incorporating native plants into your yard or property.
January 30: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
January 30-February 3: Cougar - Squak Corridor Park Backcountry Trail Work Party, Issaquah
Help repair backcountry trails.
January 31: National Stormwater Calculator for Managing Runoff Using Green Infrastructure Webinar
Learn about the EPA's calculator to reduce stormwater runoff.
January 31: Lake Union Kayak Patrol, Seattle
Monitor pollution on Lake Union.
February 1-March 15: Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
Learn about healthy ecosystems in this comprehensive WSU forestry class.
February 3: Native Plant Nursery Tree Potting, Issaquah
Help pot native trees.
February 3: The Dirt on Soil, Compost and Mulch Workshop, Woodinville
Learn how to improve soils in your landscape.
February 3: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
February 3: Camp Long Restoration Work Party, West Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
February 3: West Hylebos Wetlands Restoration Work Party, Federal Way
Help restore one of the last remaining intact peat bogs in Puget Sound.
February 6: Restoration Work Party, South Seattle
Remove invasive plants, plant native species and mulch new plantings.
February 7-11 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Seattle
Celebrate gardening at this annual festival.
February 9: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day, Renton
Help KCD staff maintain trees and plants used in King County projects.
February 10: Natural Yard Care Class, Renton
Learn how to build health soil and pick plants.
February 12: Pre-Order Deadline for KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Select from dozens of native trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers.
February 24: KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Pick up pre-orders and make new purchases of native plants.
March 3: Enviorthon Student Training, Bellevue
Prepare for this year's Envirothon competition.
March 8-29: Land * Water Stewardship Series, Auburn
Learn about land management for livestock owners.
March 10: Living with Beavers Farm Tour, Duvall
Learn about the latest strategies for managing beavers.
March 17: Envirothon, Woodinville
Compete in this annual environmental competition for high school students.
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KCD Stormwater Education
Programs Available
for K-12 Students
King Conservation District provides a series of stormwater and pollution reduction educational programs for K-12 students. Programs include Water on Wheels for K-6th grade, Environmental Detectives for 8th grade, and the Envirothon competition for high school students.

The KCD programs are designed to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Public Education & Outreach requirement to provide high quality education to reduce stormwater pollution.

We are partnering with cities to make these education programs available in local communities. Together, we can build public literacy around stormwater pollution and its impacts on our waterways.

To learn more about the programs, see the K-12 Stormwater Education page or contact Kristen McCune: kristen.mccune@kingcd.org or 425-282-1927.
Farmers Market
Management Consultant
RFQ due January 19!
As part of our 2018 Strategic Initiatives, the KCD Regional Food System Program is seeking a consultant or consultant team to develop improved vendor information management systems that benefit both King County farmers markets and farmers, and help ensure public trust in farmers markets and the integrity of market‐vendor relationships. Click here to view the full RFQ due January 19.
Looking For a Career in Natural Resource Conservation?
KCD is hiring several full time positions. Click here for more information about open positions and how to submit an application.
KCD Board of Supervisors Election Open for Candidate Applications
In 2018 there two seats are open on the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors – one elected and one appointed.

To apply for the elected Board of Supervisors (Seat #3) position, submit an application to the King Conservation District by the candidate filing deadline: January 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

For the appointed seat, applications and supporting materials must be received by the Washington Conservation Commission no later than March 31, 2018.

All necessary forms for both the elected and appointed positions can be found through the Washington Conservation Commission's Elections and Appointments website.

For more information about the KCD Board, how to vote in the election, or about the elections and appointment process, visit the KCD Elections and Appointments page.
Join KCD for Our
Year-End Celebration
January 25, Woodinville
Make plans to join KCD in celebrating this year's work in agriculture, forestry, and shoreline restoration, plus the amazing people who helped make our projects successful.

The celebration is set for Thursday, January 25, 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Brightwater Center near Woodinville. It will include international food tastings, live music and the opportunity to meet participants in our natural resource projects, as well as Regional Food System and Member Jurisdiction grant recipients. The event is free and open to the public.
Envirothon Student Training
March 3, Bellevue
Join KCD staff along with the WSU Forestry Extension educator Kelsey Ketcheson for a forestry training on Saturday, March 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Snacks will be provided.

This event is in support of the Envirothon, a hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition for high school students. This year's competition will be held Tuesday, March 27 at the Brightwater Environmental Education Center near Woodinville. To learn more about the training or to register a team, visit the KCD Envirothon webpage.
Natural Yard Care Classes
Offered at King County
South Treatment Plant
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is hosting two classes this winter on creating a healthy, manageable landscape. Classes are free and there will be giveaways as well! Click on the links below to register.

Jumpstart Your Yard: Tips for Designing a Sustainable Landscape, Saturday, January 27, from 10:00 AM to Noon. Learn that a well-planned landscape can do a lot for you, without requiring much in return. This introductory class focuses on effective yard design and gives examples of what not to do. Bring in photos or maps of your yard to get specific expert advice. All participants who attend will be able to scoop free compost to take home!

The Main Event: Building Healthy Soil and Selecting Proper Plants, Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A King County soil scientist will teach participants about the components of a robust soil system and how to make it work better for their yards. The second half of the class is dedicated to the stars of the landscape: the plants! A King County plant expert will provide information on choosing the best plants for visual interest, wildlife AND minimizing water, fertilizer and pesticide use. All participants who attend a class will receive free plant starts and free compost.
Every Drop Counts!
Rain Gardens on Rural Properties Workshop
January 20, Woodinville
Learn how to harvest the power of Washington rains to improve your property and help the environment at the same time at this winter's workshop, Every Drop Counts! Rain Gardens on Rural Properties, January 20 in Woodinville. Topics will include installation and construction of rain gardens, how to select the right plants, and how to provide long-term care to keep your rain garden working hard for you and your property.

To register, click HERE, call 425-282-1949, or email: signup@kingcd.org.
Learn About Landscaping
with Native Plants
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.

Participants in this free workshop receive a 10% discount on Native Plant Sale orders.

Free Landscaping with Native Plants Workshops are scheduled for Thursday, January 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Issaquah Grange, Tuesday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Redmond Regional Library and Monday, February 12, from 7:00 to 8:30PM at the Renton Public Library.
Register Now for
WSU Forest Stewardship
Coached Planning
Course Webinars
Register for Washington State University's Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course Webinars by January 19 to receive an early registration discount. This seven-week series includes Thursday evening webinars from February 1 through March 15, with a field trip on Saturday, March 10.

The course provides resources for everyone with trees on their property. See the WSU Extension Forestry page for details and online registration.
Enumclaw School
Foundation's 6th Annual
Interactive iSTEM Expo
Join KCD staff and KCD Stream Stewards for the Enumclaw School Foundation's 6th Annual Interactive STEM Expo, Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:30 PM at the Enumclaw Expo Center Exhibition Hall. This year's theme is “Mathematics – The Universal Language” and features over 70 exhibitors with hands-on activities to get kids excited about STEM. Food trucks will be on-hand to provide dinner and snack options.
Land and Water Stewardship
Workshop Series
March 8-29, Auburn
The KCD Land and Water Stewardship Series includes four free workshops for livestock owners. All classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 8:45 PM at the Auburn Public Library.

The workshop series kicks off with Living with Livestock Near Water on March 8, followed by Mud Management on March 15, Manure Management March 22, and Pasture Management on March 29. Register online for this free KCD Land and Water Stewardship Workshop Series.
Farm Tour to Showcase
Living with Beavers
March 10, Duvall
Join KCD for a FREE farm tour March 10, from 10:00 AM to Noon at the Experience Farming Project (EFP) along the Snoqualmie River. See how a cooperative crop farm manages active beavers. EFP is a part of SnoValley Tilth and leases land to farmers interested in growing and selling produce. They are also working with KCD Farm Management Services and King County Water & Land Resources Division to improve access to the property by upgrading a farm access bridge.

Meet staff from KCD and King County to learn more about how they are helping farmers increase growing season length and productivity. To register click HERE.
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