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CTD Newsletter - October 2017


CTD Seeks Part-time Employee for Coordination Assistance

Attention CD staff! Short staffed? Looking for a few more hours of work? The WSCC Center for Technical Development (CTD) is requesting applications for a CD staff member to assist part-time with the coordination of CTD trainings and communications. This paid position will work closely with CTD Leadership and task leads to help us better achieve our mission. The CTD is very excited to add a member to the team! 
Click HERE for Announcement
Click HERE for Application Form
Applications are being accepted until October 27, 2017.


2016 Iron Eagle Trailer For Sale

The King Conservation District is selling an unused (less than a 100 miles) 2016 7x16 7000 series straight deck trailer. We purchased it for loading our Eco-Drill, which ended up being slightly too wide. It is still in excellent condition. 

The trailer has a gross weight rating of 7000 lbs and is ideal for typical cargo weight, up to 2 ½ tons (5000 lbs).  Trailer also includes 4’ split landscape ramp, and rear stabilizer jacks.  Trailer is equipped with pressure-treated kiln-dried wood to prevent rot and warping.  Asking price is $2500.00.  Please contact Megan Melick for more information at 425-282-1957 or Megan.Melick@kingcd.org.


Upcoming Courses & Events

Webinar: Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation

Date: October 10th

For more information about each of these events please visit our website HERE.

Webinar: NCPP "What Works In The Field" Workshop - Oregon

Date: October 24th

For more information about each of these events please visit our website HERE.


Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) Recertification

Workshop Description:   This is an eight hour classroom refresher course lead by an Environmental Project Consulting LLC qualified instructor.  Class content includes:

  • Must have current CESCL certification (or one that expired within the past 6 months) to attend this class for recertification.
  • Updates to the Stormwater Management Manual used to teach the course, including new or updated BMPs.
  • Changes to Ecology’s Construction Stormwater General Permit; and monitoring, adaptive management, and reporting requirements in Special Conditions S4 and S4 of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater General Permit; including
  • SWPP decision-making; and
  • Record keeping related to site inspections, SWPPP revisions, and Discharge
  • Monitoring Reports

Instructor:  Environmental Project Consulting (Carl Menconi)

Length:  One Day (Cancellation deadline 10/4)

Cost:  $190.00  

Location: Department of Ecology - Lacey, WA HQ/SWRO Training Room 2S-20

Date & Time: October 17th, 2017 8:30 - 5:30

Workshop Audience: CESCLs who need to recertify. Click CESCL Recert To Enroll: CESCL Recert This link will open the LMS log-on page.  After you log on, you will be taken directly to this course so that you can submit your training request.  Continue to work all the way through the wizard until you are asked to “save” your request.

Register: Please contact Amy I Moon. 360.407.6467 | amy.moon@ecy.wa.gov


District Highlight: Getting to Know You

District Name: King Conservation District
Size: 2,275 square miles / 1,456,000 acres
Population: 2,026,261 (2016)
# Employees: 27 full time, 5 part time, 2 Individual Placements, 12 WCC Crewmembers

Main Programs: Rural Forest Management, Urban Forest Management, Regional Food System, Urban Agriculture, Rural Agriculture, Shorelines.

Partners:

Local

  • King County
  • Sound Cities Association
  • Muckleshoot, Snoqualmie and Tulalip Tribes
  • Nonprofit Organizations (Forterra, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, NW Agriculture Business Center, Puget Sound Food Hub, Seattle Foundation, Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District, SnoValley Tilth, Stewardship Partners, Tilth Alliance)
  • Puget Sound Conservation District Caucus
  • University of Washington

Statewide

  • Washington State Conservation Commission
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Conservation Corps
  • Washington Association of Conservation Districts
  • Washington Native Plant Society
  • Washington State University

National

  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS & FSA)
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • American Farmland Trust
  • National Association of Conservation Districts

Most Proud of:

The King Conservation District’s Agricultural Drainage Program in collaboration with King County assists farmers with maintaining and improving agricultural drainage systems through a combination of matching grants and technical assistance.

In 2015 and 2016 landowners participating in the program cleared more than five miles of blocked drainage channels in the Snoqualmie Valley, Sammamish Valley and the Enumclaw Plateau. The drainage projects enabled the farmers to put back into production 128 acres that had been too wet to farm, and enhanced production on an additional 481 acres. For 2017 King CD has projects underway on eleven properties, with a goal of clearing an additional 2.8 miles of drainage channels on King County farms. 


Fun Fact

Did you know....

More than 650 customers purchased just over 60,000 native trees, shrubs, and groundcover plants during the King Conservation District Native Plant Sale in early March, 2017.  The sale was accompanied by a Native Plant Community Fair with eighteen community organizations, including the Washington Native Plant Society, Weed Warriors, DIRT Corps, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, Garden Hotline, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, City Fruit, Scarecrow's Pride, Stone Soup Gardens, Raindog Designs, Garden Cycles, King County Forestry Program, Rent Mason Bees, Center for Natural Lands Management, Elk Run Farm, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, Sustainable Renton, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants.


Featured Program: Benton Conservation District - River Restoration

Check out what is being done by the Benton Conservation District!

Streamside Planting and Buffers

Streamside (riparian) buffers are areas of transition between streams and upland areas consisting of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. The plants roots help stabilize stream banks to prevent erosion. There are many benefits to streamside buffers, such as:

  • Property Protection from floods and soil erosion by holding soil in place with plant roots.
  • Improvement of Water Quality by filtering sediment, animal wastes and pollutants and preventing them from entering the water.
  • Provide Valuable Habitat for fish, animals, and birds.

The Benton Conservation District can provide technical assistance through free streamside assessments and can recommend actions to improve and restore streamside buffers. The BCD can also provide support with the installation and cost of streamside buffers.

Streamside Fencing and Off-Channel Watering

Livestock are an integral part of the agricultural economy and a valued recreational asset. Utilizing some simple management practices can ensure healthy livestock and productive pastureland. These practices are also essential to maintaining healthy riparian areas.... read more.


Featured Photo


District: Snohomish Conservation District

Description: Mt. Rainer Marmot


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