February 2012 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Snoqualmie RiverCall for Grant Submissions - Draft Applications Due March 7

The 2012 Snoqualmie Watershed Forum-King Conservation District (KCD) Grant Round is now open. The Forum and KCD expect to have about $380,000 to allocate for 2013 conservation projects. Interested applicants must submit a draft application to Perry Falcone by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. Final applications will be due on April 9th. See the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum website for details and application forms. 

King Conservation District Native Bareroot Plant Sale
Pre-order deadline extended to February 17!

King Conservation District plant saleOrder now for pick-up on March 2 and 3. For the first time ever, we are offering online ordering! Visit www.kingcd.org  to get started.

The King Conservation District offers a variety of native trees and shrubs for conservation purposes such as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation and stream enhancement. The plants are bareroot stock which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags.  Bareroot plants are affordable, hardy, have well-developed roots, are easy to handle, transport and plant.

For more info, contact Jacobus Saperstein at 425-282-1912.

Seeking Volunteers – Help Restore Fall City Park

The Snoqualmie Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Department is working on the second phase of a restoration project at Fall City Community Park.  They are seeking volunteers to help with restoration activities on February 25th and March 24th.  This project seeks to return the park’s riverside habitat to a natural plant community by removing invasive species and planting native plants.  Plant species used on this project were chosen because they were traditionally used by the Snoqualmie Tribe. When the project is completed the restored area will be used as an educational tool for its culture classes.

Meyer property - afterRestoring Riparian Conditions on Meyer Property

EarthCorps, a non-profit conservation corps based in Seattle, was awarded a grant from the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum-KCD Opportunity Fund to restore 11,500 square feet of riparian buffer along the Raging River. With enthusiastic support of the landowner John Meyer, EarthCorps began the project in late 2011.  It includes the control of knotweed and English ivy, and the re-establishment of the native plant buffer. John Meyer states: “I have salmon spawn right behind my house, so I was eager to make this stretch of river more hospitable for them. The ivy was killing my trees, and choking out any native plants that were there.  I can’t wait to see the changes over the years to come.”


News from Sound Salmon Solutions

Fall and winter are very busy times for restoration activities at Sound Salmon Solutions. To highlight some of that activity, Sound Salmon Solutions would like to announce they have received funding from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for a feasibility study of Lower Cherry Creek, just north of the City of Duvall. This project will focus on determining restoration options for this important tributary.

On the Tolt River near Carnation, Sound Salmon Solutions is continuing to work on projects with Seattle City Light and the King Conservation District. Please watch for community volunteer events in February and March and contact info@soundsalmonsolutions.org if you’d like to participate.

King County River Management Survey ReportKing County River Management Survey
Understanding Resident Values and Priorities

King County recently completed a public opinion survey to better understand residents’ views about, and awareness of, river management priorities and how rivers are valued. A report on the survey findings is now available on the King County website.



New Education Resources for Forest Landowners

Stewardship forestOnline Classes: Washington State University Extension has launched a suite of online classes for small forest landowners. There are currently 21 classes to choose from, with more in the works. Topics include tree identification, silviculture, forest health, managing noxious weeds, and understanding regulations. This new online initiative offers landowners access to WSU Extension forestry workshops at any time and from anywhere. The development of these online classes was funded in part by the King Conservation District in partnership with the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum. See the list of online classes.

New Publication: WSU Extension also announces the availability of a new publication on promoting biodiversity in managed forests in Washington. Purchase print copies or download a free PDF version.

Forest classStimulating Economic Development and Stewardship on Forests and Farms

In 2012 King County is launching a new forestry economic development project through its Forestry Program. This effort will assist landowners in implementing forest management and restoration activities, and help them find funding and resources to get the work done.  It will create job opportunities for consultants and contractors by connecting them to the market and providing training.  For more info contact Kristi McClelland.

On a related front, King Conservation District, Northwest Natural Resource Group, Cascade Harvest Coalition and Calyx are piloting a parallel project to stimulate forest and farms based tourism and promote local products. In collaboration these projects will support local forest and farm economies, and result in healthier more productive forests and farms.

Low impact development by Snoqualmie TribeImplementing Low Impact Development at Snoqualmie Casino Site

The Snoqualmie Tribe completed a Low Impact Development (LID) retrofit on the Snoqualmie Reservation this fall. They received an EPA 319 Clean Water Act grant to retrofit all 1500 lineal feet of 5 simple grass-lined swales with engineered bioretention soils, rock check dams, and a suite of native plants to slow down, treat and promote infiltration of water running off the Casino employee parking lot. The drainage feeds into Kimball Creek, a Snoqualmie River tributary. If you have any questions please contact Matt Baerwalde at 425-292-0249 ext. 2.

Don't Make Flooding More Hazardous!

Hazardous wasteDispose of hazardous materials properly. Flooding is trouble enough; don’t let paints, yard care products, farm chemicals, fuels, cleaners, and other hazardous materials contaminate or harm your property, family or business.  There is no fee for disposal of these wastes at King County facilities and the Wastemobile.  Go to www.HazWasteHelp.org  or call the Household Hazards Line.  

Keep your prescription meds safe, and dispose of unused medication appropriately.  Find out more at www.takebackyourmeds.org. Eligible seniors or those who need help with disposal can call the Household Hazards Line. Businesses can receive waste management assistance, cash reimbursement and qualified businesses can dispose of wastes.  Call the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899 or 1-800-325-6165 ext. 3-8899.

The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum works to protect and restore the health of the SF Skykomish and Snoqualmie Watersheds in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.

If you would like to be added or removed from the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum mailing list, or if you would like to submit an item for inclusion in the next Snoqualmie Watershed Forum e-newsletter, please contact Maureen Dahlstrom.

Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.