What's New in the Snoqualmie Watershed
Upcoming Knotweed Control and Homeowner Workshops
Building on work begun in 2004, the King County Noxious Weed Control Program will expand their knotweed control this summer down to Three Forks Park on all three Upper Snoqualmie forks, as well as returning to areas controlled previously. People wishing to learn how to control knotweed are invited to attend workshops being held around the county:
- June 22, 10am – 1pm, Cedar Grange in Maple Valley
- June 25, 6:30 - 9pm, Green River Community College in Auburn
- July 9, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend
- July 16, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Shoreline (see website for details)
Workshops are free and open to the public. See here to register or for more info.
King County renews grant opportunities for projects benefitting unincorporated areas
Building on a successful program in 2012, a new round of grant opportunities is available to encourage residents of Community Service Areas to become more connected in their neighborhoods. A total of $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Area Program for projects, with grants of less than $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to contribute a match in the form of cash or in-kind services and include resources from project partners and contributors. Applications are due by May 31. For more information, please visit the website:
Stewardship Partners: Restoration and Beyond
Stewardship Partners has continued our restorative efforts in the Snoqualmie Valley with private landowners. With support from Sound Salmon Solutions and Mountains to Sound crews along with 40 volunteers from Keeney's office supply and Wilderness Awareness School we have achieved nearly another mile of riparian restoration on private land. This work is the first stage of a large three year project in partnership with American Farmland Trust, King Conservation District, King County, the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Natural Resource Conservation Services and the Department of Ecology. We are looking forward to another collaborative summer working with these six partners on four more properties to improve the hydrology of the Ames Creek sub-basin.
Simple Steps Will Help Defend Your Home from Wildfire
Spring is the perfect time to take steps to protect your home from wildfire. It can be hard to believe, but even in damp western Washington gardens and wooded areas can become tinder-dry after just a few sunny, dry days. Recent wildfires occurred near Fall City, Snoqualmie, and North Bend.
Visit King County Firewise to learn how a little yard clean up and advance planning can make your home safer from wildfire.
Feeling sociable? Ask us about Firewise road parties! Contact Linda Vane at 206-296-8042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program in the Snoqualmie Valley
Six Snoqualmie Valley property owners are scheduled to improve their agricultural drainage this summer through the Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP). The projects highlight inter-agency cooperation and flexibility in the use of ADAP dedicated funds. For more information about the ADAP, please visit the Agricultural Drainage Assistance website.
4TH Annual Feast On the Farm Coming Soon
Supporting Salmon Restoration Never Tasted So Good! Stewardship Partners is teaming up with Oxbow Farm and Education Center, Chef Brandon McGill of Hitchcock, and the Salmon-Safe eco-label to present the 4th annual Summer Harvest Feast on the Farm on July 25, 2013. This event brings 150 lucky guests to a working organic farm for a tour and a delightful multi-course outdoor feast to support our restoration efforts in the Snoqualmie. Live music and a small live auction add to the fun. Tickets go on sale in early May!
Snoqualmie Parks – where kids and pets play worry-free
It is peace of mind for parents to know that more than 50 parks in the Snoqualmie watershed are either pesticide-free or pesticide-reduced. This means that groundskeepers have either eliminated or strictly limited pesticide use in places children play. Children, because of their small size and developing bodies are most at risk from toxic exposures, and pets can be too. Search the Pesticide-Free Places map by zip code, city name or place name to find outdoor areas in King County where park managers work to protect people, water and wildlife. And, families in the watershed that take care of their yard with no pesticides can take a pledge and get a free yard sign to recognize their efforts. Order your sign at the Washington Toxics Pesticide Free Zone page.
Salmon Recovery Council
Salmon recovery is pursued by watershed organizations throughout the Puget Sound region. The Snoqualmie is linked to these activities in several ways, including the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council. Seattle City Light staffer Scott Powell represents the Snohomish Basin at the multi-stakeholder Recovery Council. Key current activities of the Council are: promoting Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration funding (PSAR) at the State legislature; developing watershed-scale monitoring and adaptive management plans; launching steelhead recovery planning; and forming committees for regulatory protection and behavior change. Council bi-monthly meeting information is available at the Salmon Recovery Council website.
WSU Extension Workshops at the Preston Community Center
WSU Extension will offer their flagship class for small woodland owners again this fall at the Preston Community Center. The class teaches landowners how to assess their trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep their trees on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. Class participants will develop their own Forest Stewardship Plans, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify for significant property tax reductions. The class runs for eight weeks on Tuesday nights starting September 24th. For details and registration information, please call 425-357-6017 or visit the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Class website.
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum works to protect and restore the health of the Snoqualmie Watershed in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.
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Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.