King Conservation District, January 2016
King Conservation District
KCD Native Plant Sale
Order Deadline
February 22nd!
     The 2016 KCD Native Plant Sale features a diverse selection of more than 50 trees, shrubs, edible berries, and groundcovers. Make your selections now for beautiful native plants to enhance home landscapes, hedgerows, and wildlife habitats.
     Order online by February 22nd for the best selection. Plant pick-up and and walk-up sales are Saturday, March 5th, at the KCD offices, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton.
Learn about Native Plants
at the Next KCD
Conservation Conversation
     Join us for a Conservation Conversation on Native Plants, Tuesday, January 12th, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle. The focus will be on ways to incorporate native plants into urban landscapes. 
KCD staff and partners will explore the use of native plants in an evening of hands-on intensive learning. Topics will include benefits of native plants for wildlife habitat, plant selection, erosion control, and removing invasive plants. For more details contact Melissa Tatro via email:
Volunteer With the
KCD Outreach Team
     Help the King Conservation District spread the word about our programs and services as a KCD Outreach Volunteer. Increase your awareness of environmental issues and gain valuable experience in communicating with the public. For details on becoming a KCD Outreach Volunteer click Here.
     Join us for an Outreach Volunteer Information Session on January 12th, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle to learn more about this volunteer opportunity. Following the session stay for the KCD Native Plants Conservation Conversation. To register contact Nikki Marschke, KCD Volunteer Coordinator, at 425-282-1909, or email Volunteer Coordinator.
Landowner Survey
Documents Need for
Additional Ag Drainage
      Last year approximately 11,300 linear feet (or more than two miles) of drainage channels in the Snoqualmie Valley were cleared in collaboration with King County and the KCD Agricultural Drainage Program . 
     In response to a county-wide survey, another 130 landowners requested assistance with clearing an additional 162,000 linear feet (more than 30 miles) of agricultural drainage channels. This information will assist with the long-range planning to expand agricultural production in King County. 
High School Envirothon Teams Now Forming
     High school students throughout King County are encouraged to form teams to participate in the Northwest Regional Envirothon.
     The Envirothon is a hands-on, outdoor environmental science competition. High school student teams work together to demonstrate their knowledge in five subject areas: Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and Aquatic Ecology, plus this year's special topic: Invasive Species.
      To learn more about the program see the Envirothon page on our website. Sign up by contacting Emily Carlson by phone at 425-282-1930, or email:
Highline College Offers
Urban Agriculture Education
     As part of new our Regional Food System Program, KCD provided Highline College with an $80,000 grant to expand opportunities for South King County immigrants, refugees and youth to participate in the college's Urban Agriculture Certificate Program. See the Waterland Blog for an excellent article about the project.
Telling the Habitat
Restoration Story
     At the KCD Program Celebration in December, Rob Beresford gave a presentation on his partnership with the District to restore riparian habitat along Lyon Creek in Lake Forest Park. The project included removal of invasive species and installation of 1,080 native trees and shrubs along 465 feet of shoreline. Rob's goal is to work with neighboring landowners to restore salmon spawning habitat.
     Alison Morrow of KING 5 News produced an excellent feature on Rob’s project and our new Urban Shorelines Program. 
See You at the
2016 Northwest Flower
& Garden Show!
     KCD staff will share a booth with neighboring conservation districts at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Stop by for information on our programs and services, drop off soil samples, and learn how to read the results of your soil tests. See you there!

Calendar of Events

January 8: Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council, Seattle
Developing policy recommendations to strengthen regional food system.
January 9: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
January 9: Cascadia Grains Conference, Olympia
Learn about growing grains west of the Cascades.
January 11: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Hear about cooperative marketing opportunities for farmers.
January 12: Native Plants Conservation Conversation, Seattle
Explore the use of native plants in urban yards.
January 15: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
January 16: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
January 16: North Creek MLK Day of Service, Bothell
Join KCD, City of Bothell, and community organizations in restoration projects.
January 18: MLK Day of Service, King County
See the United Way website to link to a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
January 18: Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge, Tukwila
Spend MLK Day by getting your hands dirty restoring the Duwamish.
January 19: Small Farm Internship Information Session, Tacoma
Learn about how to participate in the L&I Internship Program.
January 23: Totem Lake Habitat Restoration, Kirkland
Restore and maintain this ecologically important area in the heart of Kirkland.
January 26: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Online
Professional guidance for forest landowners.
January 28: Salmon in the City, Seattle
Innovations in urban design to protect water quality.
January 30: Country Living Expo, Stanwood
Meet staff from KCD and neighboring Conservation Districts.
February 11: Manure Management Nutrient Training, Enumclaw
Learn about current manure management regulations and methods.
Feb 17-21: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Meet KCD staff and learn about our programs and services.
Celebrating the Success
of New KCD Resource
Conservation Programs
     In mid-December KCD hosted a holiday gathering at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation to celebrate our new Urban Forestry, Urban Shorelines, and Regional Food System Program.
     In his welcome, Carnation Mayor Jim Berger emphasized the value of KCD's programs and services to the entire community. 
     Rob Beresford of Lake Forest Park gave a lively presentation on his restoration efforts on Lyon Creek. (For more on Rob's project, see "Telling the Habitat Restoration Story" below.)
     Phil Bennett, City of Snoqualmie Arborist, described their community's new initiatives to better manage 1,000 acres of forestlands in collaboration with the new KCD Urban Forestry Program.
     Charles Goudy of Nelli Farms and Kevin Stanley of Highline College talked about the projects they're developing for both rural and urban communities with recent KCD Regional Food System Grants.
     See our Facebook page for photos and more details on the celebration.
File as a Candidate for the
KCD Board of Supervisors
     January 19th by 5:00 PM is the deadline for candidates to file for the 2016 King Conservation District Board of Supervisors election. The KCD Board oversees the District's budget and provides policy guidance and oversight to staff. The election will be conducted online from February 23rd to March 8th. 
     For information about how to apply to be a candidate, see the "Candidate Duties" section on page 30 of the Washington State Conservation Commission's Election & Application Procedures Manual. If you have questions about the application process, contact Bill Eller via email.
Amy Holmes Appointed to
King County Ag Commission 
     King County Executive Dow Constantine recently appointed Amy Holmes, KCD Resource Planner, to a three-year term on the King County Agriculture Commission, which advises the County on issues impacting local agriculture.
     Amy joined the KCD Planning Team in October, 2014. She and her family live on a small farm on Vashon Island.
     Amy's experience in providing resource conservation services for landowners and her perspective as a Vashon farmer made her an excellent candidate to serve on the Commission. See the King County Agriculture Commission website to learn more about their work. 
KCD Crew Helps
Paoletti Family Restore 
Griffin Creek 
Salmon Habitat 
     A few years ago Amy & Tyson Paoletti purchased a home on three wooded acres near Carnation to raise their young family. When they bought the land they didn't realize that Griffin Creek, which runs along their north property line, is an important salmon-bearing stream.
     At the time Griffin Creek was buried in brambles, but last fall the KCD Washington Conservation Corps crew helped revitalize the aquatic area.
     First the crew cleared about 16,000 sq ft of invasive plants along 360 ft of the creek's shoreline.
     Then the area was planted with more than 500 trees, shrubs and groundcover plants. Tree species included Western Red Cedar, Grand Fir, Hemlock, Shore Pine, Cascara, and Pacific Dogwood. Shrubs included Black Twinberry, Salmonberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Indian Plum, Mock Orange, Red Flowering Current, Snowberry, and Vine Maple. Groundcovers included Deer Fern, Salal, and Sword Fern. 
     Read the KCD Aquatic Area Enhancement Services flyer to see if your property might qualify for this valuable program.
Department of Ecology
Reaching Out to Landowners
in White River Watershed
      The Washington State Department of Ecology is initiating outreach efforts to address water quality concerns in tributaries to the White River in south King County.
     Ecology staff will soon be conducting field surveys and site visits with landowners in the Boise, Pussyfoot and Second Creek watersheds to discuss agricultural and water quality Best Management Practices. Ecology and KCD staff will help landowners meet goals for both water quality protection and livestock management.
     See our website to learn more about the White River Watershed Outreach Program.
Planting Opportunity for
People with Disabilities
     In December the City of Shoreline dedicated a new greenhouse as part of Our  P.A.T.C.H., a program that provides enrichment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The King Conservation District provided Shoreline with a $25,000 grant to assist with the planning, supplies, and operation of a the greenhouse.
     See our Facebook page for photos of the dedication ceremony and to learn more about Shoreline's Adult Community Choices Program.
WSU Forestry Program
Offers Online Course
for Forest Landowners
     The WSU Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course is designed for Western Washington landowners with small to sizable forestlands. The online course begins January 26th and includes seven live webinars and a Saturday field trip.
     Get professional guidance in writing a forest management plan. Register by January 12th for a $30 discount. For details see the WSU Extension Forestry website. 
Request Free Snoqualmie
Watershed Poster
     A dramatic photo of Mt Si at sunset, taken by Danny Raphael of North Bend, was selected for a beautiful poster celebrating the Snoqualamie Valley. Contact the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to request a free copy. 
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     In January the King Conservation District will host the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: Jan 9 & 15
    Longfellow Creek: Jan 16
    North Creek: Jan 16

    Totem Lake: Jan 23
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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