King Conservation District, November 2015
King Conservation District
KCD-Seattle Community
 Partnership Awards
$373,000 in Grants
     In mid-October, King Conservation District and the City of Seattle announced $373,000 in Community Partnership Grants to more than a dozen projects that will restore native plant communities, engage youth in urban food production and nature awareness, and install rain gardens on private properties.
     For project descriptions and links to additional information, click Here.
Landowners Encouraged to
Participate in Agricultural
Drainage Survey
      Last spring KCD and King County Stormwater Services conducted an initial survey to identify drainage-related problems impacting landowners in the Snoqualmie Valley. Katie Pencke, KCD Ag Drainage Project Coordinator, is now expanding the survey to landowners county wide. The results will be utilized to increase funding for implementing voluntary drainage projects to expand agricultural production. Here's the link to the Agricultural Drainage Survey.
New Video Highlights
Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program 
     King County TV recently produced a new video on the Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program featuring Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Duvall-area farmer Bobbi Lindemulder, and KCD Supervisor Bill Knudsen. Link to the three-minute video HERE.
     The new video shows the impact of the expanded KCD and King County Stormwater Services program to assist landowners with improving agricultural drainage. Three major projects were completed last summer, clearing more than two miles of blocked channels that caused flooding on five farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. The drainage projects, funded with support from the King County Flood Control District, enabled participating farmers to return 115 acres of land to full production and improved drainage on an additional 185 acres, contributing to King County's goal of expanding local agricultural production by 400 acres per year. 
     For additional information see the Agricultural Drainage Program page on our website.
Pre-Ordering Begins
November 16th for
KCD Native Plant Sale
     Seems hard to believe, but it's time to begin compiling your wish list for next year's planting season! Pre-ordering begins November 16th for the next KCD Native Plant Sale, set for Saturday, March 5, 2016.
     Last year we sold a total of 53,000 native plants at our one-day sale, with a record 540 pre-sales. Mark your calendars for November 16th to check the KCD Native Plant Sale page and pre-order from our wide array of bare-root trees, shrubs and groundcovers for  home landscapes, hedgerows, and habitat restoration.
Workshops for
Forest Landowners
in Black Diamond

November 12 & 17
     WSU Extension Forestry is hosting a series of "Pizza Seminars" to help small forest landowners address a wide range of issues. Upcoming workshops will focus on Forest Owner Legal Issues on November 12th, and Forest Safety and Security on November 17th.
     The workshops will be from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Black Diamond Community Center. Pre-registration is required. The $15 registration fee includes dinner. Click Here for additional information and registration details.
King County
Rural Forest Commission
Seeks New Members
     The King County Rural Forest Commission has openings for two new members. The commission, which meets six times a year, advises the County on policies and programs affecting rural forests.
     Applicants must be residents of King County, should have a working knowledge of local forestry, and demonstrate a commitment to conserving forests and promoting forestry in the rural area. The application deadline is November 20th. See the Rural Forest Commission webpage for detailed information on the application process.
2015 State of the Sound
Report Released
     Puget Sound is our nation's largest estuary. The 2015 State of the Sound Report, recently released by the Puget Sound Partnership, summarizes the accomplishments and continued challenges to protect this precious resource.
     According to the report, work is progressing on habitat preservation, but salmon and other native species continue to decline. The Puget Sound Partnership report, which analyzes the Sound's vital signs and monitors progress in implementing recovery plans, is a valuable resource for decision-makers and citizens concerned about the future of our inland sea. 

Calendar of Events

November 5: KCD Conservation Conversation, Fall City
Learn about KCD services available to rural residents.
November 7: Green Seattle Day, Seattle
Join volunteers at 14 parks in the Emerald City.
November 7: Snoqualmie River Restoration, Fall City
Plant native trees & shrubs with Stewardship Partners and the Snoqualmie Tribe.
November 7: Native Plant Salvage, Issaquah
Rescue native plants from a future construction site.
November 9: SnoValley Tilth Monthly Meeting, Carnation
Discuss elk management with wildlife biologist Mike Smith.
November 10: Stewardship Partners 15th Anniversary, Seattle
Celebrate 15 years of habitat preservation and ecological restoration.
November 12: Forest Owner Legal Issues, Black Diamond
Forest attorneys answer questions about your legal issues.
November 14: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
November 14: Hedgerow Planting at Oxbow Farm, Carnation
Expand established hedgerow with native trees and shrubs.
November 14: Green Kirkland Day, Kirkland
Help restore four Kirkland parks.
November 17: Forest Safety & Security, Black Diamond
Strategies for protecting your forest property.
November 20: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
November 21: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
November 21: Tolt River Restoration, Carnation
Plant native trees & shrubs with Stewardship Partners and the Snoqualmie Tribe.
November 22: Vashon Island Growers Association Annual Meeting
Celebrate Vashon Island food & farming. 
November 28: Totem Lake Restoration, Kirkland
Join the Totem Lake stewardship Team. Email: Chauncey Foster.
Resource Conservation
Celebrated at
KCD Annual Meeting
    The King Conservation District celebrated a diverse array of environmental contributions at our Annual Meeting on October 27th. In her keynote address, Councilmember Kathy Lambert highlighted King County’s programs to support landowner conservation efforts.
    KCD award recipients included Cynthia Krass, Randy Sandin, Sara Tomt, the Soin Family, Susan & Bryan Heiser, Brenda Sullivan, Microsoft, and the City of Kirkland. Photos and more details on award recipients are posted on the KCD Facebook page.
Larry Phillips Honored
for Decades of Service
to King County
     At our annual meeting the King Conservation District presented Larry Phillips, retiring King County Council Chair, with the 2015 KCD Leadership Award. As a Washington State Representative, Larry was an author and prime sponsor of the 1990 Growth Management Act, which helped preserve irreplaceable farm and forest lands in King County.
     Following two terms in the Legislature, in 1991 Larry was elected to the Metropolitan King County Council where he made enduring contributions on a wide range of issues, including transportation, job creation, salmon preservation, and climate change. Councilmember Phillips also helped guide the King Conservation District's evolution, supporting our programs to increase voluntary stewardship. across the county.  
KCD Initiates
Conservation Conversations
November 5th, Fall City 
     Join us for the first in a series of Conservation Conversations on Thursday, November 5th, at the Preston Community Center, 6:30-8:30 PM. Learn about KCD natural resource planning services available to King County residents, including mud, manure and pasture management, equipment rentals, forest stewardship, aquatic enhancements, and financial incentives. Ask questions specific to your property and stewardship goals, find out about upcoming grant opportunities, and hear the results of a recently completed agriculture infrastructure study conducted by KCD. 
     Also, mark your calendars for our next Conservation Conversation on native plants, January 12th at the Duwamish Longhouse in Seattle.
Trail Design Workshop
November 12th
White River Museum, Auburn
     Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will present a workshop on trail course design for horse, goat and camelid owners at the White River Valley Museum from 6:30-8:30 PM, November 12th. Learn how small-scale courses can be used year-round.for rain gardens, mud management and wildlife habitat—along with providing places to exercise animals that are healthy, mud-free and mentally stimulating.
     Register by phone: 425-282-1949, Email:, or Online.
Join the Totem Lake
Stewardship Team
      Totem Lake is a unique wetland and natural area managed jointly by King Conservation District and the City of Kirkland. KCD purchased the 24-acre property in 1979. Over the years we have coordinated a variety of projects to enhance the lake's wildlife habitat in the middle of a rapidly growing urban area.
     Volunteers are encouraged to help maintain the native plants at Totem Lake Park by removing invasive species at upcoming work parties scheduled for November 28th and January 23rd, from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. In addition, groups of 15 or more people can schedule private restoration events.
     If you would like to volunteer as a Totem Lake Steward or schedule a special group work party, contact Chauncey Foster via Email.
Schedule Group
Volunteer Events
     Get outside and experience nature at private restoration events. School, family, friend, or corporate groups with 15+ people can schedule private volunteer events at KCD projects throughout King County. Gloves, tools, light refreshments, and environmental education are provided. To learn more about the KCD Volunteer Program and schedule your event, email VOLUNTEER.
KCD Forestry Program
Position Open for 
Miltary Veteran
     The King Conservation District is seeking candidates for the AmeriCorps position of Urban and Rural Forestry Program Coordinator through the VetsWork program. VetsWork is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans in work related to natural resources management, public lands and the environment. See the Employment Opportunities page on our website for links to the full job description and application information.
Snoqualmie Valley Landowners Plan New
Watershed District
     Landowners in the Snoqualmie Valley are voting on whether to form a Watershed Improvement District to assist with the complex challenges of flooding, drought, and water rights. Learn about the issues and read candidate statements via the
Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance website 
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery near Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here is this month's schedule:
    Native Plant Nursery: Nov 14 & 20
    Longfellow Creek: Nov 21
See our website for more details on all KCD volunteer events:
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