King Conservation District, February 2018
Place Orders by
February 12th for
2018 KCD 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. The online ordering deadline is February 12th and we have already sold out of several species! See the Native Plant Sale page on our website for details and online ordering.

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.

When you come to pick up your plants, be sure to visit our Native Plant Community Fair. Participants will include the Washington Native Plant Society, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, Rent Mason Bees, Stone Soup Gardens, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, Tilth Alliance, Scarecrow's Pride, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Elk Run Farm, Loop, Natural Rain Water, Nature Stewards, and Garden Hotline.

Food venders will also be on hand, including A Fire Inside Wood Fired Pizza and People of the Chibbs.
Learn About Landscaping
with Native Plants
February 12, Renton
Native plants are as at-home in urban yards as they are 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.

This FREE Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop is scheduled for Monday, February 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Renton Public Library.
Support Refugees and Immigrant Gardeners
February 17, Auburn
Help local immigrants and refugees grow a taste of home by planting culturally relevant plant starts that will be distributed at local community gardens this spring. A seeding party will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 9:00 AM to Noon at Auburn Mountainview High School’s greenhouse. If you are interested in helping, please email KCD Community Agriculture Coordinator Melissa Tatro at for more information.

Read about Erica's Bat Mitzvah project "Growing a Taste of Home," which is helping provide plant starts at Namaste Garden in Tukwila.
MLK Day Waterway
Clean-Up Recap
This past MLK Day King Conservation District staff and volunteers participated in a waterway clean-up hosted by AmeriCorps along Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail in West Seattle. Washington Conservation Corps and Washington Service Corps also participated in the event. One of the project's goals was to not create any new waste by using plastic bags to pick up debris. With this in mind, large buckets were provided by KCD and debris "grabbers" by Puget Sound Keepers.

Within moments of starting clean-up, the team discovered an area FILLED with so much garbage that the creek was barely visible beneath. Team members loaded bucket after bucket of debris, shuttling each one back up a ravine and dumping the contents on a tarp. After finishing this and another smaller area, the debris was sorted and counted, and the data was prepared for reporting to the Ocean Conservancy.

In total, the team collected 978 glass beer bottles, 76 aluminum cans, 50 grocery bags, 150 plain black plastic bags, 200 cardboard beer containers , 125 metal bottle caps, 6 plastic caps, 13 straws, 20 plastic cutlery, 70 plastic food packaging items, 2 tobacco packaging items, 1 cigarette lighter, 1 blanket, 1 couch cushion, 1 wooden mat, and 20 miscellaneous items. Because there was so much debris, the team was forced to place the contents in 13 plastic bags.

The clean-up was an example of how even a small number of people can make a big difference for the environment. KCD is planning a July clean-up event—stay tuned for details and we hope to see you there!
See You at the
2018 Northwest
Flower & Garden Festival
KCD Staff will be at the 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, February 7 to 11. Stop by our booth to learn about DIY projects to encourage native pollinators in your landscape, get information on KCD programs and services, drop off soil testing samples, and learn how to read the results of your soil test.

Interested in working a shift at this year's Flower and Garden Festival? Volunteers are still needed for the following shifts: Saturday, February 10, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM; Saturday, February 10, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM; and Sunday, February 11, from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. Contact Ann Prusha by emailing to sign up and receive FREE admission.
Become a Habitat Steward!
Training Offered
February 13 to March 6, Burien
The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Highline College Marine Science & Technology Center, is offering a four-week training featuring presentations from local experts and a chance to learn about the natural history of your community. The training is fun and engaging, and participants become Certified Habitat Stewards!

Learn about rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, Pacific Northwest ecology and more! Training happens over a four-week series of classes (Tuesdays, February 13 to March 6, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM) and two field trips (Saturdays, February 17 and March 3). The cost is $30. Click HERE to register. For more information, contact Anna Lindstrom at or 206-577-7816.
Share Your Passion for
Soil and Water Stewardship
Interested in learning more about building healthy soil, composting, protecting your watershed, and helping teach others? Tilth Alliance is offering FREE training options this spring for Seattle and King County residents.

The Master Composter/Sustainability Stewards course is a four-week, nine session volunteer training program for Seattle residents beginning April 4. Participants will become part of a select team of Seattle residents empowered to share what they have learned with friends, neighbors and the community at large.

The Soil and Water Stewardship training is open to King County residents who will receive 24 hours of education through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on practice. Participants will receive hands-on training and join a team of community members to empower friends and neighbors to support local food systems and practice environmental stewardship in their everyday actions. The training is offered in two separate locations, on the Eastside (beginning March 24) and in South King County (beginning March 31).
Register Now for
WSU Forest Stewardship
Coached Planning, Vashon
Register for Washington State University's Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course by March 16 to receive an early registration discount. This eight-week series is being held at the Vashon Land Trust Building and includes Monday evening classes from March 26 to May 14, with a field trip on Saturday, April 28.

The course provides resources for everyone with trees on their property. Visit the WSU Extension Forestry page for details and online registration.
Calendar of Events
February 7-11: Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Seattle
Celebrate gardening at this annual festival.
February 8: Enumclaw School Foundation's 6th Annual Interactive iSTEM Expo, Enumclaw
Learn how we use math in the world of conservation and stormwater.
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 healthy soil and pick plants.
February 10: Little Mountain Farm Work Party, Renton
Weed, mulch and install native plants on an urban farm.
February 10: 2018 Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange, Duvall
Swap seeds with others in the community.
February 12: Landscaping with Native Plants
Learn the benefits of incorporating native plants into your yard or property.
February 12: Pre-Order Deadline for KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Select from dozens of native trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers.
February 13-March 6: Habitat Stewards Trainings, Des Moines
Become a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat Steward..
February 13: Grand Ridge Park Work Party, Issaquah
Rebuild and repair a backcountry trail.
February 17: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day, Renton
Help KCD staff maintain trees and plants used in King County projects.
February 17: Women Owning Woodlands Event: Hedgerow How-To, Duvall
Join other women forest owners to learn about cultivating hedgerows.
February 17: Juanita Woodlands Park Forest Restoration Kirkland
Repair a degraded area of the forest.
February 17: Tree Planting at Confluence Park, Issaquah
Plant native trees and restore salmon habitat.
February 18: East Valley Heights Restoration Work Party, Redmond
Remove invasive weeds and help launch this new pilot Neighborhood Steward program.
February 18: Capitol Hill Tree Walk, Seattle
Explore Seattle's urban tree canopy.
February 20: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property Workshop, Kirkland
Learn about managing your property so that it supports the environment and your land use.
February 24: KCD Native Plant Sale, Renton
Pick up pre-orders and make new purchases of native plants.
February 24: Clarke Beach, Mercer Island
Help restore and maintain Clarke Beach.
February 26: 2nd Biennuial Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium, Auburn
Learn about the watershed's ecological challenges and stewardship issues.
March 3: Envirothon Student Training, Bellevue
Prepare for this year's Envirothon competition.
March 6-April 24: Online Forest Stewardship Coached Planning
Learn about healthy ecosystems in this comprehensive WSU forestry class.
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 14: Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property Workshop, Shoreline
Learn about managing your property so it supports the environment and your land use.
March 24 & 31: Soil and Water Stewardship Training Begins, Eastside & South Seattle
Join other King Country residents and learn about soil and water stewardship.
March 27: Envirothon, Woodinville
Compete in this annual environmental competition for high school students.
April 4: Master Composter/ Sustainability Stewards Training Begins, Seattle
Join other Seattle residents and learn how to build healthy soil through composting.
April 21: Duwamish Alive Work Party - Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Restore forest habitat along Seattle's second largest Salmon-bearing creek.
King Conservation District's
Celebration & Awards
On January 25th we held our Year-End Celebration at Brightwater Center near Woodinville. We celebrated this year's work in agriculture, forestry, and shoreline restoration, plus the amazing people who helped make our projects successful.

The more than 50 staff and guests who attended the event enjoyed international food, live music and the opportunity to meet participants in our natural resource projects, as well as KCD Regional Food System and Member Jurisdiction grant recipients. The following people and organizations were honored:

Service Award: Kelly Cahill, Snohomish Conservation District Engineer.
Wildlife Steward of the Year: Howard Richmond.
Conservation Landowner: Paul and Patty Fantello, Fantello Creamery.
Best Partnering Organization: World Relief.
Government Conservation: Chery Sullivan and Kyree Flege, WSDA Daily Nutrient Management Program.
Regional Food System Grant Working Group: David Casey, Changing Seasons Farm; Sharon Lerman, City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability and Environment; Mike Lufkin, King County; Kate Morrison, City of Seattle P-Patch Program; Seth Schromen-Wawrin, Public Health-Seattle & King County; and Nancy Tosta, City of Burien.
Media Partners Award: Alison Morrow, King 5 News.
Special Conservation Leader Award: Kristy McClelland and Linda Vane, (retired from) King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
Appointed Position Open on KCD Board of Supervisors
To apply for the appointed seat on the KCD Board of Supervisors, an application and supporting materials must be received by the Washington Conservation Commission no later than March 31, 2018. All necessary forms for the appointed position can be found through the Washington Conservation Commission's Elections and Appointments website.

Mark your calendar to vote in the KCD Election. The voting period will be from Monday, March 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM through Friday March 30, 2018 until 5:00 PM.

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.
KCD Regional Food System
Grant Helps Establish
New Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District
In 2015, KCD awarded a Regional Food System Program Grant of $95,650.00 to the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance (SVPA) to establish its new Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District (WID).

Cynthia Krass, Executive Director, said “The KCD Regional Food System grant provided the resources to give the Watershed Improvement District a much-needed running start.”

The Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District boundary covers about 14,000 acres of floodplain below Snoqualmie Falls to the county line near Duvall. Approximately 600 parcels and 300 landowners are encompassed by the new district.

The KCD Regional Food System Grant Program supports projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.
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.
Enumclaw School
Foundation's 6th Annual
Interactive iSTEM Expo
February 8, Enumclaw
Join KCD staff and KCD Stream Stewards for the Enumclaw School Foundation's 6th Annual Interactive STEM Expo, Thursday, February 8, 4:00 to 7:30 PM at the Enumclaw Expo Center Exhibition Hall. This year's theme is “Mathematics–The Universal Language,” and the event features more than 70 exhibitors with hands-on activities to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Meet KCD, King County and City of Enumclaw staff, along with Enumclaw High School FFA students. Learn all about how we use math in the world of conservation and stormwater management.
Natural Yard Care Class
Offered at King County
South Treatment Plant
February 10, Renton
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is hosting a class this winter on creating healthy, manageable landscapes. The class is free and there will be free giveaways!

The class topic is Building Healthy Soil and Selecting Proper Plants, on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A King County soil scientist will review the components of a robust soil system and how to make it work better for home landscapes. The second half of the class will be 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.
Women Owning
Woodlands Event:
Hedgerow How-To
with Liz Crain
February 17, Duvall
Join with other women forest owners on Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Leafhopper Farm near Duvall to learn about setting and shaping hedges to cultivate edge space and natural boundaries on the landscape. We’ll talk about tools, techniques, the cultural and historical importance of hedges, and species to select for your hedgerow. Please bring your own lunch and dress for the weather! RSVP to Liz Crain at

Woman Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet) is a dynamic nationwide program that is fun, informative, and strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woman woodland owners and forest practitioners. WOWnet provides women with an opportunity to learn, work together, and build and involvement in forestry, land conservation, and natural resources.
Beautify & Care for Your Streamside Property
February 20, Kirkland
Learn ways that you can support wildlife, enhance your property, and reduce maintenance needs. Don't miss this FREE workshop for homeowners living near streams, lakes and wetlands.:

Beautify and Care for Your Streamside Property, February 20, 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Kirkland. Topics will include minimizing pollution runoff on your property; controlling invasive weeds; utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat and erosion control; adding value and beauty to your yard naturally; and learning about environmental regulations that impact your property.

To register, click HERE, or contact Kristen McCune at or 425-282-1927.
Envirothon Student Training
March 3, Bellevue
Join KCD staff along with the WSU Forestry Extension educator Kelsey Ketcheson and Senior Environmental Analyst Wendy Sammarco 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.
Land & Water Stewardship
Workshop Series
March 8-29, Auburn
The KCD Land & 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 March 8th with Streams and Wetlands: Living with Livestock Near Water, followed by Mud Management on March 15th, Manure Management on March 22nd, and Pasture Management, March 29th. Register online for the free Land & 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 along the Snoqualmie River. See how a cooperative crop farm manages active beavers.

The Experience Farm Project is a SnoValley Tilth program that 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 KCD and King County staff to learn more about how we are helping farmers manage beavers to maintain the productivity of their land. To register click HERE.
April Farm Tour to Feature
Cover Crops and
Hands-On Soil Sampling

Sammamish Valley, Woodinville
Plan on joining KCD in the Sammamish Valley to tour a cooperative farm where we will learn how the farmers are using cover crops to prevent soil erosion and improve soil health. We will also find out how to use soil probes and shovels to gather soil samples for submission to KCD's Soil Nutrient Testing program.

Learn how farmers work cooperatively, bringing in sheep to graze rotationally on the fallow plots, helping amend the soil with manure. Watch for the date and details coming soon about this April farm tour or contact Elizabeth Clark at for more information.
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