October 2011 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

PlantingSeeking Volunteers – Help Set Roots on the Tolt

Seattle City Light and Sound Salmon Solutions are continuing their restoration efforts on the Tolt River near River Mile 4. After two seasons of weed control, it’s time to start planting native trees and shrubs to replace the invasive weeds which were removed. Please join us for our first planting event on October 29, 2011 from 10am to 2pm.

For questions about the management of the property, please contact Denise Krownbell at Seattle City Light.

You’re Invited - Free Firewise Workshop

Forest fire - firewiseAlthough we are famous around here for our damp weather and mossy landscape, after just a few days of sunny skies our Snoqualmie Watershed woodlands are dry enough to catch fire. Firefighters do not have the resources to defend every home during a wildfire. To better prepare residents to keep their families and property safe in an emergency, King County, Washington DNR and local fire districts are offering a free Firewise Workshop. Find out how to maintain a zone of safety around your home and create a fire-resistant garden.

See the Workshop Details or  Register Now.

Excellence in Green Building Award - Chinook Bend

Chinook Bend, Snoqualmie RiverThe Chinook Bend Natural Area Project been selected as the recipient of the Excellence in Green Building Award in the Habitat Restoration and Landscape Category. This multi-faceted project spanning more than a decade and combining multiple funding sources was truly more than the sum of its parts. It was a collaborative effort across King County Divisions, non-profit partners and the local community. The project combines habitat creation and ecological restoration, agricultural benefits, creative use of reclaimed water from Carnation wastewater treatment plant, and recreational amenities (such as trails, artwork, interpretive signage, restrooms) that enhance the public’s ability to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

Learn about this year’s other Excellence in Green Building Award recipients.

Supporting Stewardship at Hollandia Dairy Farms

Stewardship Partners: Helping Landowners Preserve the EnvironmentHappy Fall to everyone! Stewardship Partners kicked off the season with a successful volunteer event at Hollandia Dairy Farms, one of 18 Salmon-safe certified farms within the Snoqualmie Valley. The Snoqualmie restoration crew, Sean Crouter, Gabe Sparks, Jessica Smith and Deborah Oaks partnered with Outreach Ministries and hosted a four hour event with twenty three 7-12th graders. The sun came out, the fish were jumping and over 500 trees and shrubs were installed. 

We are always looking for more ways to collaborate so fill us in on your activities and stay tuned to what we are doing at stewardshippartners.org.

Tracking Invasive Weeds on the Tolt

Tolt River Weed SurveySound Salmon Solutions and the King County Noxious Weed Control Program have teamed up to track invasive weeds on the Tolt River. They spent two days in September surveying a 6-mile stretch of the Tolt River just east of Carnation. They were looking for the uppermost locations of invasive weeds such as butterfly bush and knotweed. There was only one small knotweed patch but unfortunately lots of butterfly bush, and six sites of the regulated noxious weed yellow hawkweed. The survey will continue up to the Tolt Reservoir. Sound Salmon will seek grant funding to remove the invasives and King County’s noxious weed program will work to control and prevent further spread of the yellow hawkweed.

Tolt River Restoration at Camp River Ranch

Camp River RanchSound Salmon Solutions was recently awarded funding from the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum-King Conservation District grant program (KCD) and WDFW Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (WDFW-ALEA) to implement a salmon restoration project on property owned by Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Camp River Ranch. This project is located on the Tolt River near Carnation. The project will control non-native vegetation in the riparian area along the Tolt River.  Native trees and shrubs will then be planted along about 5 acres of shoreline with help from community and Girl Scout volunteers. All salmonid and trout species will benefit from the restored riparian habitat, including Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

Sound Salmon Solutions is excited to implement this project, made possible with KCD and WDFW funding.

Microsoft Supports United Way Day of Caring

Microsoft supports United Way Day of CaringSound Salmon Solutions participated in the King County, United Way Day of Caring on September 16, 2011. This community volunteer effort took place at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Camp River Ranch. Twenty volunteers from the Microsoft Corporation joined staff to remove butterfly bush from a two-acre project area. Approximately 75% of the invasive weed was removed over a four-hour timeframe.

Sound Salmon Solutions would like to thank Camp River Ranch staff for hosting this event, Microsoft employees who volunteered their time, and contributions of food and coffee from Costco and Starbucks. The spirit of caring was evident in all who supported this annual event.

Keeping Farm Equipment and Livestock High and Dry

Farm pad during a floodKing County is working with farmers in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley to help reduce flood impacts to agriculture.  Since 2007, the county has supported construction of farm pads. The county provides assistance with design, hydraulic modeling, permitting and providing fill for pad construction.  Since 2008, 38 pads have been modeled, 20 are completed and 3 are under construction.  Seven of these pads were constructed with material excavated from the Chinook Bend Natural Area restoration site.

In addition, the county recently launched a new pilot project to assist farmers with design and construction of elevated barns or other agricultural structures.  Elevation of structures above the 100-year flood level can provide safety during a flood, and avoid placing fill in the floodplain.  For information contact Richelle Rose.

Forest Stewardship Class Returns to Preston

Forest classWashington State University Extension and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks have partnered again this fall to offer the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning class at the Preston Community Center. This 9-week class teaches forest owners how to write a stewardship plan, manage the forest sustainably, and save money in the process.

The class sold out again this year, with 30 land owners and managers (plus their families) attending. This class is made possible by a grant from the King Conservation District in partnership with the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.

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.

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Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.