February 2017 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Serve on the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to help protect Valley resources

The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum (SWF) is looking for interested citizens to help advance its mission to “protect and restore the health of the South Fork Skykomish and Snoqualmie Watersheds in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.”  The open seat is for a citizen representative appointed by the Snoqualmie Valley Governments Association (SVGA). Applicants must be residents of the Cities of Carnation, Duvall, North Bend, Snoqualmie or the Town of Skykomish. Submit a completed application form to Maureen.dahlstrom@kingcounty.gov by February 17.  For more information, visit website or contact Perry Falcone at perry.falcone@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-4689.

Snoqualmie Tribe works with Noxious Weed Program to control knotweed, improve habitat

Knotweed on the riverbankThe Snoqualmie Tribe is partnering with the King County Noxious Weed Program to improve ecosystem function in critical riparian areas through coordinated control of knotweed and other noxious weeds. With EPA grant support, work will be done over the next two years and build on previous efforts, resulting in the control of knotweed along 29 miles of the upper Snoqualmie River and its tributaries.

Planting project

“Get your feet wet” to protect salmon habitat!

February 25 at Three Forks Natural Area: http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer
March 4 at Tolt-MacDonald Park http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer
March 11 at Fall City Park  angela.dillon@snoqualmietribe.us
March 25
at Carnation Marsh  http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer

Historic Stewart barn in Duvall recognized as landmark

Historic Stewart Barn in Snoqualmie ValleyThe King County Landmarks Commission recently designated the Stewart Barn and its adjacent milk house a King County Landmark. The barn, with its Gothic arch, has been a well-known sight in the Snoqualmie Valley since 1928. It’s on Cherry Creek Farm a few miles north of the Duvall town center. Learn more from King County's news release, Historic Stewart barn and milk house in Duvall designated a King County landmark. And if you know of a historic barn that needs some TLC, check out the Historic Barn Preservation Program at www.kingcounty.gov/barnagain.

Washington State Invasive Species App - ScreenshotSee it? Report it! Help stop the spread of invasives – with your phone!

An updated app from the Washington Invasive Species Council lets you report – via your phone -- unusual sightings of potential invasive species, whether it’s a new plant taking over your local park or a strange fish you reel in. Once experts verify your report, it becomes part of a nation-wide system tracking invasives.  Learn more at http://www.invasivespecies.wa.gov/.

Mitchell Hill acquisitionRecent acquisition near Preston links existing public forests to benefit wildlife and people

King County Parks and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently completed a major purchase of forested land in the Mitchell Hill area north of Preston. Fifteen years in the making, and using $2.3 million of Conservation Futures and Parks levy funds, the acquisition connects over 3,000 acres of county and state forest lands. Learn more at Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

King Conservation District (KCD) to provide expanded services for rural landowners

In early December, the KCD was awarded $1.4 million to expand programs and services over the next three years for rural landowners, including enhanced agricultural drainage and forest management services, “on-farm” research, and development of a King County agriculture strategic plan. Read more at the King Conservation District web page.

March of the VegetablesMake art to celebrate farms and the growing season at the March of the Vegetables March 25!

This spring, the March of the Vegetables through the streets of Duvall will celebrate the Snoqualmie Valley, honor local farmers, and welcome another growing season! Get ready by taking one of the artmaking and costume classes offered around the Valley. Learn more at http://www.marchofthevegetables.org/.

Puget Sound Fresh Farm guidePromote your farm, market or restaurant in the 2017 Puget Sound Fresh Guide

February 20th is the deadline to reserve advertising space in the this year’s Puget Sound Fresh guide – a program of the Tilth Alliance and, since 1998, a way to connect consumers with what’s sustainable, local and in-season from farms, farmers markets, retailers, restaurants and specialty food producers. The guide reached about 275,000 readers last year. Learn more from Tilth Alliance' Puget Sound Freshwebsite.

King Conservation District crewBuy native plants for spring projects – order by February 28

Get more than 60 different trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers for home landscapes and habitat restoration at the annual King Conservation District (KCD) Native Plant Sale. Place your order by February 28 and pick up your plants March 11 next to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way in Renton.

Ice circle in Middle Fork Snoqualmie RiverIn the news:

Study says predators may play major role in chinook salmon declines

Rare ice circle forms and spins on Middle Fork Snoqualmie in January’s cold snap

Funds available!

Washington Native Plant Society plantingGrants available from Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS)
The WNPS is accepting grant applications through March 1 for projects that restore, improve, or support on-the-ground, functioning native plant ecosystems in Washington for the public benefit.  See Washington Native Plant Society's Conservation Grants website or contact Becky Chaney at 425-880-4220 or becky@chaney.org

Cities! Apply for Conservation Futures Tax Levy (CFT) funds
Parks directors and administrators for King County cities are invited to apply for over $9 million of 2018 Conservation Futures tax levy ("CFT") funds to buy public open space lands. Applications are due March 8. For more information, contact Lori King at 206-477-4776 or lori.king@kingcounty.gov - or visit King County's Conservation Futures website.

Fund salmon habitat projects on agricultural land
Application deadlines are February 17 and April 21 for proposals to fund projects on private working lands that restoreriparian areas, enhance instream habitat, correct man-made fish passage barriers, and more. Getdetails from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.

Outreach materials available free!

Living with Salmon brochureGet updated Living with Salmon in King County brochures, our 20-page Status Report published last summer (also available from the Snoqualmie/Skykomish Watershed Salmon Conservation and Recovery website) or the beautiful “From Mt. Si to Wild Sky” watershed posters! These are all available free from polly.freeman@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3724.

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 County Flood Control District.