King Conservation District, February 2015
King Conservation District
King Conservation District Establishes New Agricultural Drainage Program
     Hundreds of acres of King County farmland are out of production due to poor field drainage. Last fall the King County Flood Control District announced a $250,000 grant to establish a new KCD Agricultural Drainage Program to provide drainage-related services for agricultural landowners. The new program will include matching grants, equipment loans, technical assistance, and project monitoring.
     As the first phase, KCD staff are collaborating with King County Stormwater Services on an assessment of drainage problems in the Agricultural Production Districts as the basis for program planning. More details will be available soon on the KCD website.
KCD Agricultural Drainage Project Coordinator 
Position Open
     KCD is seeking a Project Coordinator to staff the District's new Agricultural Drainage Program. We're looking for someone with hands-on experience assisting farmers with field drainage problems. The Project Coordinator will collaborate with partner agencies and farmers on site specific drainage assessments, hiring and managing project construction contractors, developing conservation plans, preparing educational materials, and giving presentations on agricultural drainage. For the full job description see Employment Opportunities.
Cost-Share Funding Increased for
Aquatic Area Enhancement
     Starting in 2015, Aquatic Area Enhancement Practices awarded through the KCD Landowner Incentive Program can be reimbursed up to $27,000! If you live along a stream or wetland, contact the King Conservation District to start the planning process to improve the health of your aquatic area. This practice helps to remove invasive species, replant with native trees and shrubs, and ensure the successful establishment of these plants through three years of maintenance.
    For additional information see the Landowner Incentive Program page on our website or contact Rachel Konrady at 425-282-1907; or email:
Register for Free
Land & Water Stewardship Workshops
     KCD's four-part series of free Land & Water Stewardship Workshops are designed to help livestock owners with practices to have less mud, improved pastures, better manure management, and healthy streams and wetlands.
     Our next workshop series will be at the Preston Community Center. Topics and dates are Stream Buffers, February 19, Mud Management, February 26, Manure Management, March 5, and Pasture Management, March 19. For program details and online registration click Here.
Meet the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit
February 28th
     Join the King Conservation District and Horses for Clean Water to tour the Mounted Patrol Unit’s beautiful facility in Westcrest Park. Find out how the Seattle Police works to achieve environmentally sensitive solutions for managing manure, controlling mud in their large outdoor paddocks, providing habitat for wildlife, and how they live in harmony with their urban neighbors.
     After the tour meet the Mounted Patrol Unit and see a special 30 minute demo highlighting some of the training and skills officers and horses employ. The free tour is set for Saturday, February 28, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. To register click Here.
Innovations in Horsekeeping Farm Tour & Workshop
March 1st, Issaquah
     Learn what’s upcoming and groundbreaking in horsekeeping, including track paddocks, grow-your-own fodder systems, slow feeders, rain gardens, outdoor washracks, odor control, and more. Hear from Alayne Blickle about what she’s seeing and experiencing around the globe in horsekeeping. After the presentation, we will do a tour of the property and brainstorm solutions to challenges the property owner is experiencing. Sunday, March 1st, 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Register for the free workshop and farm tour Here.
Family & Friends Help
Heal the Earth
     For the past few years Fong Li has invited family and friends from the Bellevue area to participate in KCD habitat restoration projects. Last Saturday she and a group of 34 people ranging in age from 5 to 80 helped restore a tributary to Issaquah Creek.
     The group planted 250 trees and shrubs, including Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Nootka Rose, Ocean Spray, Vine Maple, Thimbleberry, Mock Orange, and Red Flowering Currant. They then installed blue tube plant protectors and mulched the area with about 20 yards of woodchips. It’s amazing what a dedicated group can accomplish in a day!
     Families, schools, businesses, churches, or other groups are welcome to contact the KCD Volunteer Coordinator to plan a volunteer event. To learn more email:

Calendar of Events

February 7: KCD Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
February 9: SnoValley Tilth Monthly Potluck & Meeting, Carnation
Learn about funding ideas for farmers. 
February 13: Restore the Duwamish Shoreline Challenge, Tukwila
Remove invasive weeds and sheetmulch along the shoreline.
February 14: Profitable Urban Farming Workshop, Seattle
Introduction to intensive urban farming from Curtis Stone of Green City Acres in British Columbia.
February 18: NRCS Assistance for Transitioning to Organic, Webinar
Learn how NRCS can assist producers with natural resource concerns.
February 19: Stream Buffers Workshop, Preston
Protect your property, water quality and wildlife habitat.
February 20: Native Plant Nursery, Renton
Volunteer in the KCD Nursery and learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
February 21: Longfellow Creek Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join KCD and the Green Seattle Partnership in restoring habitat on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.
February 21: Women in Agriculture Conference, Puyallup
Enjoy a day of inspiration, learning and networking with women farmers around the region.
February 23: Seattle Tilth Annual Meeting, Seattle
Participate in one of the nation's premier urban agriculture organizations. 
February 24: KCD Board of Supervisors Election Begins
Show your support for local food, healthy forests and clean water by voting through March 10th.
February 26: Mud Management Workshop, Preston
Develop a mud management plan for your livestock.
February 28: Police Mounted Patrol Tour, Seattle
Learn about the care and training of police horses.
March 1: Innovations in Horsekeeping, Issaquah
Hear from Alayne Blickle about the latest trends in horsekeeping around the world.
March 2: Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection, Seattle
Business-to-business networking for local producers and buyers. 
March 5: Manure Management Workshop, Preston
Develop a manure composting and utilization plan.
Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Deadline February 16th!
       The 2015 KCD Native Plant Sale is just around the corner! Our pre-order deadline has been extended to February 16th. The Plant Sale pickup day is Saturday, February 28th.
     We have about 40,000 plants for pre-ordering, including a diverse selection of trees, shrubs and berries for wildlife habitat, hedgerows, stream enhancement, and home landscapes.
     In addition to pre-orders, we will have about 10,000 more plants available for walk-up sales, including native plants in our online catalog and additional species in 4" pots, such as Cornus canadensis (bunchberry or creeping dogwood).
      Everyone's welcome to the KCD Native Plant Sale, February 28, adjacent to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton.
     While here be sure to visit the Native Plant Community Fair. Participating organizations confirmed to date are the Washington Native Plant Society, Newcastle Weed Warriors, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, SHADOW, City Fruit, Urban Bee Company, Little Red Hen Project, Nook & Cranny Mushrooms, Scarecrow's Pride, Natural Rainwater, and Tadpole Nursery.
2015 KCD Board of Supervisors Election Set for
February 24 to March 10
     Show your support for local food, healthy forests and clean water by participating in the KCD Board of Supervisors election.
     All ballots will be submitted online during the two-week voting period, from February 24 through March 10. For voters without access to the Internet, we will have a voting station at the KCD office and other venues will be posted on our website. Details and a link to the candidate statement are available at KCD Board of Supervisors Election.
Wetland Plant Cooperative Volunteer Opportunities
      The King Conservation District provides opportunities for individual and group volunteers to help with native plant propagation, nursery facility maintenance, seed collection, and bare root plant potting at the KCD Native Plant Nursery in Renton. Nursery volunteers are eligible to exchange volunteer hours for plant material several times each year. Plant species include many Puget Lowland native trees, shrubs and wetland emergents. For details see Native Plants Grown at the Wetland Plant Cooperative
     Additionally, KCD staff members are available to advise and help plan aquatic area and upland habitat enhancement projects and landscaping with native plants.
      If you have volunteered with KCD at our Native Plant Nursery and would like to exchange your hours for plant material, contact Nikki Marschke at 425-282-1909; or email:
     To register for our upcoming volunteer events on February 7th & 20th click Here.
Welcome Nikki Marschke to the KCD Staff!
     After originally serving as a member of the KCD Washington Conservation Corps crew, Nikki Marschke was recently hired as our new Volunteer Programs Coordinator & Conservation Projects Assistant.
     Nikki's responsibilities include planning and facilitating regularly scheduled volunteer events at the KCD Native Plant Nursery in Renton and at Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. In addition, she schedules group volunteer planting events and assists Adam Jackson and Jacobus Saperstein with implementation team restoration projects.
     Nikki studied Environmental Science & Policy at Drake University and has become an invaluable part of our team.
     See the KCD website for current Volunteer Events.
We'll See You at the 
Flower & Garden Show!
     The King Conservation District will have a booth at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Seattle Convention Center, February 11-15.
     Stop by our booth to meet our staff and learn about KCD programs and services. Also take the opportunity to drop off soil samples for a free analysis. See our Soil Testing Program page for sampling instructions and a submittal form.
     The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is always fun and informative. We look forward to seeing you there!
UW Students Catch the
Buzz about Bees 
      The KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Program awarded a $13,000 grant to the UW Urban Pollination Project for a citizen science project to quantify the pollination services performed by native bumblebees in community gardens in order to find out how to maximize food yield and manage bee decline. Check out their findings via Facebook and the Urban Pollination Project website. 
There's Nothing Like Manure
Bring Neighbors Together!
     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.
Build Soil, Reduce Waste & Teach Others 
     Seattle Tilth’s Master Composting and Recycling programs offer great opportunities for people passionate about food waste reduction, composting, recycling and natural yard care, and who want to volunteer to help make a difference in their communities. Trainings are available for Seattle, Eastside and King County Residents. Applications are due March 14th.
Register for February KCD Volunteer Events
     The King Conservation District hosts monthly volunteer events at our Native Plant Nursery in Renton and Longfellow Creek in West Seattle. Here's this month's schedule:
     Native Plant Nursery: Feb 7 & 20
     Urban Forest Restoration: Feb 21
See our website for more details:
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