Last week, Wild Fish Conservancy filed legal action against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) associated with the agencies’ continued dismissal of the harmful effects to threatened salmonids from commercial Atlantic salmon farms in Puget Sound.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board gave the Seattle-based Washington Trails Association a Bravo Award last week for three outstanding trail projects.
The Washington Trails Association’s three grant applications scored as the top 3 of 64 projects competing for grant funding in the highly competitive Recreational Trails Program. Funded through federal gasoline taxes, the grant program is designed to maintain backcountry trails.
Landowners encouraged to participate in agricultural drainage survey
Last spring KCD and King County Stormwater Services conducted an initial survey to identify drainage-related problems impacting landowners in the Snoqualmie Valley.
Katie Pencke, KCD Ag Drainage project coordinator, is now expanding the survey to landowners county wide. The results will be utilized to increase funding for implementing voluntary drainage projects to expand agricultural production.
New video highlights Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program
King County TV recently produced a new video on the Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program featuring Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Duvall-area farmer Bobbi Lindemulder, and KCD Supervisor Bill Knudsen.
The new video shows the impact of the expanded KCD and King County Stormwater Services program to assist landowners with improving agricultural drainage. Three major projects were completed last summer, clearing more than two miles of blocked channels that caused flooding on five farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. The drainage projects, funded with support from the King County Flood Control District, enabled participating farmers to return 115 acres of land to full production and improved drainage on an additional 185 acres, contributing to King County’s goal of expanding local agricultural production by 400 acres per year.
Pre-ordering begins November 16th for KCD Native Plant Sale
Seems hard to believe, but it’s time to begin compiling your wish list for next year’s planting season! Pre-ordering begins November 16th for the next KCD Native Plant Sale, set for Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Last year we sold a total of 53,000 native plants at our one-day sale, with a record 540 pre-sales. Mark your calendars for November 16th to check the KCD Native Plant Sale page and pre-order from our wide array of bare-root trees, shrubs and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows and habitat restoration.Workshops for forest landowners in Black Diamond
November 12 & 17
WSU Extension Forestry is hosting a series of “Pizza Seminars” to help small forest landowners address a wide range of issues. Upcoming workshops will focus on Forest Owner Legal Issues on November 12th, and Forest Safety and Security on November 17th. The workshops will be from 6:30-9 p.m.at the Black Diamond Community Center. Pre-registration is required. The $15 registration fee includes dinner.
2015 State of the Sound Report released
Puget Sound is our nation’s largest estuary. The 2015 State of the Sound Report, recently released by the Puget Sound Partnership, summarizes the accomplishments and continued challenges to protect this precious resource. According to the report, work is progressing on habitat preservation, but salmon and other native species continue to decline. The Puget Sound Partnership report, which analyzes the Sound’s vital signs and monitors progress in implementing recovery plans, is a valuable resource for decision-makers and citizens concerned about the future of our inland sea.
Written by Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Maia McGrath, a 13-year-old Girl Scout in Duvall, recently shared her story in a first place-winning essay as a part of a competition for all Girl Scouts in Western Washington.
In her essay, Maia writes about how Girl Scouts has changed her life though exciting new opportunities, and how the program has helped her develop important new skills such as horse riding, pitching a tent and being a leader. She writes about how local troops are helping the city of Duvall to be a better place with a range of service projects from picking up trash in the park to helping the city raise money for crossing flags on Main Street.