King Conservation District, August 2015
King Conservation District
KCD Introduces New Urban Forestry Program
      Enhancing the green canopy across King County is the goal of the new KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program. As part of our new program, KCD will invest up to $150,000 annually for the next five years to support regional and collaborative urban forestry initiatives that bridge stewardship across private and public lands. 
     We recently formed a KCD Urban Forestry Working Group to review information and project ideas from member jurisdictions and to develop a ranking process to recommend projects for first round funding. See our website for details on the KCD Urban Forest Health Management Program.
KCD Partners with
King County to Improve Agricultural Drainage
     Work is underway on the first in a series of projects to help farmers bring land that was "too wet to farm" back into production through collaboration with King County and the new KCD Agricultural Drainage Program. Funded with support from the King County Flood Control District, the program will contribute to achieving the King County Local Food Initiative's goal of increasing agricultural production by 400 acres per year for the next ten years.
     See the KCD Facebook page for photos of our initial drainage project and links to additional information.
Aquatic Areas Habitat
Assistant Wanted 
    The King Conservation District created a new position for a Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Program Assistant to participate in hands-on restoration activities and project coordination. For qualifications and application details see our Job Announcement.
Ed & Barbara Bickford
Honored with KCD
Farm of Merit Sign
     In mid-July Liz Clark presented Ed & Barbara Bickford with a sign recognizing their property as a KCD Farm of Merit. In 1997 the Bickfords began working with KCD on a multi-year series of restoration projects on their five-acre family forest near Enumclaw and recently they joined the KCD Stream Stewards. Last year the Bickfords were honored as both the KCD and Washington State Wildlife Stewards of the Year. Click HERE for photos of their habitat restoration projects.
King County Initiates New
WaterWorks Grant Program
     The King County Wastewater Treatment Division announced a new funding opportunity for water quality projects through the WaterWorks Grant Program. Non-profits, schools, cities, counties, special purpose districts, and tribes are eligible to apply for the approximately $850,000 in funding available in 2015. Applications are due September 16th.  For details and a grant application go to the WaterWorks website. 
Record Drought Prompts
Regional Water Advisory 
     Utilities in King, Snohomish and Pierce County recently issued a joint water advisory, encouraging homeowners and businesses to increase water conservation efforts. In King County, water conservation tips and rebates are available from the Saving Water Partnership and Cascade Water Alliance.
Fire Danger Remains
High Across Northwest
     This summer's tinder-dry weather has put communities throughout our region on high alert. Link with King County Firewise to learn about strategies to safeguard your home and property.

Calendar of Events

August 8: Urban Farm Tour, Seattle
Tour the best urban farms in West Seattle.
August 8: Rain Garden Workshop, Woodinville
Step-by-step instruction on how to install and maintain a rain garden.
August 8: Portage Bay & Arboretum Cleanup, Seattle
Join Puget Soundkeeper for the third in a series of water-based cleanup events.
August 10: SnoValley Tilth Meeting & Potluck, Carnation
Tour of SnoValley Tilth's Experience Farming Project. 
August 15: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
August 15: SnoValley Tilth Table to Farm Dinner, Carnation
Enjoy the second in SnoValley Tilth’s 2015 summer dinner series. 
August 16: Twilight Forest Tour, Woodinville
Learn about forest health and restoration.
August 16: VIGA Farm-to-Table Feast, Vashon
Support Vashon farmers at an Island-grown feast.
August 19: City Fruit Ambassador & Orchard Steward Info Session, Seattle
Learn about volunteer opportunities with City Fruit.
August 22: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration. 
August 22: Puget Sound Beekeepers Kid’s Day, Seattle
Fun and informative day in the West Seattle Bee Garden.
August 22: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour, Seattle
Tour community gardens and urban farms in South Seattle.
August 26: Twighlight Forest Tour, Enumclaw
Learn about forest health and restoration.
September 22: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Preston
Early registration discount deadline August 31st. 

Food System Advocates
Make Funding Pitches
    The new KCD Regional Food System Grant Program will award up to $650,000  in 2015 for projects that contribute to the economic vitality of King County agriculture. On July 20th twenty-four applicants who submitted the highest ranked Letters of Intent were invited to give "TED Talks" on their proposed projects in a community workshop in White Center. Photos of the event are available HERE. Final grant applications are due on September 4th. 
     Volunteers are needed  in September and October to review food system grant proposals, attend site visits and rank proposals for funding. If you would like to serve as a volunteer reviewer, please email:
Food System Program 
Manager Position Open
     The King Conservation District is seeking a full-time manager to lead our new KCD Regional Food System Program. The program manager will work with King County farmers, business owners, non-profits, and government agencies to strengthen our local food economy. Qualified candidates should apply soon. Link to the job announcement HERE.
KCD Funds Start-Up
of Snoqualmie Valley
Farmers Cooperative 
     One of the KCD Regional Food System Program's first early action projects was a $10,000 grant to the new Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative to assist with their initial start-up. The coop provides a new marketing outlet for Snoqualmie Valley vegetable, egg and dairy producers. See the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative Facebook page for regular updates.
Join the KCD Team
      The King Conservation District currently has openings for a part-time Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, an  AmeriCorps Education Programs Coordinator, and  an AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Projects Coordinator. See our Employment Opportunities page for details on these and other open positions. 
Interns Vital to Success
of Green Kent Partnership
     The Green Kent Partnership engages community volunteers in restoring the City of Kent's forested parks, wetlands and other natural areas. The majority of restoration events take place in the spring and fall. During the summer months, college and high school interns help ensure invasive species don’t get the upper hand. See the Green Kent Partnership news release for an introduction to the summer interns.
Local Farms
Hit Hard by Drought
     Record drought in our region is cutting crop production and is forcing farmers to adapt to what may be a "new normal" of summer water shortages. In a recent blog post Local Roots Farm near Duvall wrote about how they are Dealing with the Drought.
Department of Ecology
Clarifies Policies Related to
Rainwater Collection
     Rainwater collection and storage can be part of an overall strategy for maximizing use of natural rainfall. In 2009 the Washington State Department of Ecology issued a statement clarifying that a water right is not required for rooftop rainwater harvesting. See the Rainwater Collection page on their website for details. 
Water Conservation
for Garden & Farm
     Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company produced Drip Irrigation 101, an online class introducing drip irrigation system set-up and maintenance. Colin's advice and hardware from Dripworks provide the basics for installing drip systems for gardens and farms.
Match Making for
     The Manure Match Program links livestock owners who have surplus manure with neighbors seeking free sources of soil amendments, compost or mulch. See our Manure Match page for details on how to add your farm to the list and a link to the KCD Manure Spreader Equipment Loan Program.
Register for
King Conservation District
Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here is this month's schedule:
     Longfellow Creek: August 15   
     Native Plant Nursery: August 22

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