King Conservation District, June 2016
The City of Bellevue
 Creates a Green Oasis
     Downtown Bellevue is a little cooler and greener with the transformation of a City Hall third floor balcony from gray rock to a vibrant green tapestry of living plants.
    The new Bellevue City Hall green roof will help fight the “urban heat island effect" by reducing temperatures in the heart of downtown Bellevue. The soil and plants will retain 70 to 90 percent of precipitation and release the water slowly to the stormwater system.
     The diverse mix of sedums and other drought-tolerant plants also provides pollinator habitat in the heart of the city.
     The King Conservation District provided the City of Bellevue with a $90,000 grant to assist with the cost of constructing the new roof. See photos on the KCD Facebook page.
     The City of Bellevue produced an informative video of the green roof construction process, which you can view HERE.
Let Us Know
What  You Think of
KCD Programs & Services
     The King Conservation District provides a wide range of services for landowners and municipalities across King County.
     Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey to indicate which of our programs and services you've used, your level of satisfaction with KCD, and how we can better serve you. 
     Here's the link to the 2016 King Conservation District Survey.
Vashon Island Hosts
King County Agriculture 
Commission Meeting
     In mid-May members of the King County Agriculture Commission got a first-hand introduction to the dynamic small farm movement on Vashon Island.
     First stop was Plum Forest Farm, a full-time family farm in the heart of the island. The Commission then held their regular monthly meeting at the Vashon Public Library, where they heard a presentation by Collin Mederios of Burton Hill Farm on Vashon's potential to be a destination for artisan foods. 
     Tom Dean spoke on the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust's preservation of Matsuda Farm, and Dan Carlson reported on the Vashon Island Grower's Association's initiatives to strengthen the island's food economy.
     The meeting was capped with a delicious array of Vashon specialty foods presented by Amy Holmes, King County Ag Commission member, KCD Resource Planner, and Vashon farmer. See the KCD Facebook page for photos of the tour and meeting.
Managing Horse Properties
in Summer, June 6th
Farm Tour, Redmond 
     Tour a chore-efficient five-acre horse farm managing pastures, composting manure, and reducing paddock odors. See new perimeter horse fencing, rotational grazing with “laneways,” a paddock with a horse “litter box,” a small-scale manure spreader, and compost bins.
     This Redmond horse owner is doing her best to ensure her place is healthy for horses and wildlife as well as useful and chore efficient for people.
     Click HERE to register for the free farm tour with Alayne Blickle
KCD Urban Forest Health
Management Program
     Last year KCD established a new Urban Forest Health Management Program as part of our expanded range of services. The program was initiated to assist municipalities with stewarding street trees, urban backyards, and forested open spaces.
     Cities participating in the first year of the Urban Forest Health Management Program include Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Medina, and Shoreline, plus four cities participating in the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration:  Burien, Normandy Park Sammamish, and Snoqualmie
     We are currently accepting applications from member jurisdictions to participate in program's second year. To learn more, see the Urban Forest Health Management Program page on our website.
New Start High School
Garden Grows Hope 
     This spring KCD launched our new Urban Agriculture Program to work with community members to develop community gardens and increase access to fresh, local food across King County. We facilitate the development of new gardens, build partnerships, and in some cases assist with materials. For more information contact Cari Simson at 206-234-5102, or
     Melissa Tatro, KCD Outreach Coordinator, posted a set of photos on our Facebook page highlighting a community garden at New Start High School in Burien
     Named after the school's mascot, The Shark Garden connects students, teachers and neighboring community members with the soil and food. The KCD Urban Agriculture Program is assisting with development of the new garden.
     Check out the Shark Garden report produced by Alison Morrow for KING-5 News.
Join the KCD
Outreach Volunteer Team 
      Help the King Conservation District spread the word about our programs and services by volunteering with the KCD Outreach Team.
     Gain valuable experience and use your creative skills to help design KCD tabling materials and increase your awareness of environmental topics. We especially welcome volunteers to assist in our booth at farmers markets this summer. To learn about becoming a KCD Outreach Volunteer, contact Nikki Marschke, via email:
Meet Us at the Market
      This summer KCD staff members and outreach volunteers will have an information booth at farmers markets across King County. Stop by to learn about our programs and services, and pick up free pollinator seeds.
     Here's our June schedule:
  June 3, First Hill Farmers Market
  June 7, Renton Farmers Market
  June 12, Auburn Farmers Market
  June 23, Bellevue Farmers Market

Calendar of Events

June 2: Knotweed Control Workshop, Mercer Island
Learn how to identify and manage this invasive plant.
June 3: Beneficial Bugs on the Farm, Enumclaw
Integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control.
June 4: Farming with Native Pollinators, Woodinville
Learn how to attract native pollinators to fields, farms, and orchards.
June 4: Celebrate National Trails Day on Tiger Mountain, Issaquah
Join Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in maintaining park trails.
June 6: Managing Horse Properties in Summer, Redmond
Tour chore-efficient farm with Alayne Blickle.
June 9-12: Vashon Sheepdog Classic, Vashon Island
We look forward to seeing you at Misty Island Farm!
June 11: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
June 13: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Enjoy a community potluck and tour the Experience Food Project.
June 17: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
June 17: Volunteer at Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Help restore Juanita Bay Park with the Green Kirkland Partnership.
June 18: Urban Forest Restoration, Seattle
Join in KCD's long-term efforts to restore Longfellow Creek.
June 18: Marine Shorelines Workshop, Discovery Park, Seattle
Learn about the ecology of Puget Sound shorelines and bluffs.
June 25: Marine Shorelines Workshop, Dumas Bay, Federal Way
Learn about the ecology of Puget Sound shorelines and bluffs.
June 25: Shadow Lake Habitat Restoration Work Party, Renton
Help preserve Shadow Lake Bog.
June 28: Water Conservation for the Garden, Seattle
Be prepared for summer drought.
July 7: Elk Run Farm Grand Opening, Maple Valley
Celebrate the first growing season at the South King County Food Coalition's new farm.
Discover Native Pollinators
in Your Back Yard
     This weekend KCD is partnering with The Xerces Society to host two special workshops on the benefits native insects and pollinators provide farmers and gardeners: 

June 3: Beneficial Bugs on the Farm: Attracting Insects to Control Pests, Green River College, Enumclaw

June 4: Farming with Native Pollinators: Creating a Place for Bees & Bugs, 21 Acres, Woodinville

     KCD staff members recently participated in a "parking lot safari" to identify native pollinators outside our offices in Renton. Check out the "Pollinator Patrol" photos Emily Carlson posted on the KCD Facebook page. 
Bring on the Bugs!
     Emily Carlson, KCD Education Program Coordinator, recently created a new pollinator page on our website.
     In addition to resource information, the new page features an article by Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water highlighting ways to incorporate pollinator habitat in farms and gardens. 
Vashon Sheepdog Classic
to Feature KCD Education
  June 10th to 12th
     Now in its seventh year,the Vashon Sheepdog Classic has grown into an internationally recognized competition, attracting herders and sheepdog enthusiasts from across the country and around the world.
     The King Conservation District will host an education tent at this year's Sheepdog Classic, from June 10 to 12. Take your whole family to enjoy the event and stop by the KCD tent to learn about our programs and services.  
Free Workshops for Marine Shoreline Landowners
     Owners and managers of properties along King County bluffs and shorelines are encouraged to attend one of KCD's free workshops on the ecological, geological, and vegetation management issues associated with owning property "Where the Water Begins."
     The workshops will include presentations by local experts and optional field trips. Learn ways to stabilize slopes while maintaining beautiful views of Puget Sound. Here's the schedule of available workshops:
     June 18th, Seattle
     June 25th, Federal Way

     See our Where the Water Begins page or program details and registration information.
KCD Stream Stewards 
Monitor Water Quality

     The KCD Stream Steward Program is great for families, students, landowners, and anyone interested in volunteering outside.
     The program provides training and support for community members to test water quality on creeks and streams in targeted river basins.
     Currently, Stream Stewards test water quality parameters in Boise Creek and Newaukum Creek sub-basins in South King County.
     See the KCD Stream Steward Program page for more details and a link to register for a future training.

Woodinville Doctor Prescribes Snoqualmie Valley Vegetables Instead of Pills
     Environmental reporter Alison Morrow produced a KING-5 feature story on the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative's CSA program with Evergreen Health in Woodinville.
     DR Kris Knox is prescribing fresh, organically grown vegetables as an alternative to pharmaceuticals for patients with diabetes and high blood pressure. 
     KCD helped establish the new farmers cooperative with a $10,000 early action grant though our new Regional Food System Program
Nothing Like Manure
to Bring Friends Together
     If you're an organic farmer or gardener seeking soil amendments, or a livestock owner with surplus manure, KCD Manure Match is for you. 
     See our Manure Match page to find manure sources and get details on how to add your farm to the list.
Get Paid to Protect
Salmon Habitat
      The King Conservation Districts facilitates landowner participation in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), which provides financial incentives for farmers to voluntarily establish and maintain riparian buffers to protect and restore fish habitat. Landowners who enroll agricultural land in CREP and remove it from production receive rental payments for 10 to 15-year contracts.
     See the KCD Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program page on our website to learn more about the benefits of participating in this important program to protect and enhance salmon habitat.
Learn about KCD
Programs and Services
Saturday, June 4,
MaST Aquarium, Redondo
      Learn about soil testing, habitat stewardship, and other King Conservation District services from Melissa Tatro, KCD Outreach Coordinator, and Rachel Konrady, Landowner Incentive Program Lead, this Saturday, 12:00-12.45 PM at Highline MaST Center AquariumDes Moines. For directions click HERE.
King Count Fair is
the Place to Be
July 14-17, Enumclaw
      The King Conservation District will host an educational tent at the King County Fair, July 14-17. To help us prepare, please let us know what speakers and topics you'd like to hear via our Online Survey.
     Also, we'd love for you to join the KCD Outreach Team and volunteer to help at the King County Fair. Outreach staff will set up a training before the event to get you acquainted with the KCD services we will be highlighting, and you will receive free admission to the fair. If you are interested, email Nikki Marschke.
Two Career Opportunities at Shadow Lake 
      Shadow Lake Bog is one of King County's ecological treasures. For more than 20 years community members have worked to protect and sustain this unique habitat through environmental education, preservation, and restoration.
     SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is now offering two full-time permanent positions for a Community Engagement & Program Manager, and an Operations & Development Manager. See the Employment page on their website for full job descriptions and application details.
Elk Run Farm
Celebrates First Season
      The South King County Food Coalition established Elk Run Farm near Maple Valley to provide fresh produce for local food banks. To sign up for Saturday work parties click HERE.
    See Elk Run Farm's Facebook page for news of their July 7th Grand Opening Celebration.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     This month KCD hosts the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: June 11 & 17
    Longfellow Creek: June 18
    Totem Lake, June 25
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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