King Conservation District (KCD), one of our coalition partners, is a “nonregulatory, special purpose district, funded by you, with a mission to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through voluntary stewardship in King County. We provide technical assistance to private residents in forest management, farm conservation planning, wildfire preparedness, and streamside and shoreline enhancement. We also work with cities and other organizations to support community gardens, urban forest canopy, and local food systems“. – KCD
KCD provides valuable ecosystem focused resources and assistance to homeowners, farmers, businesses, and landowners such as offering free soil testing, low cost native plant sale, invasive plant removal, soil amendments, guidance on reducing stormwater, improving water quality and ecosystem health and resiliency. Home and land owners are facing many new challenges which KCD’s programs are designed to help them address and create a healthy environment in an accessible way.
KCD is managed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors, 2 positions are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission and the other 3 by voters. To be eligible to vote you must be a registered voter in Washington State. Voting can be either done electronically through KCD voting portal (the link is provided below) or by requesting a paper mail in ballot from KCD which must be postmarked no later than Feb. 13th. This election is for position 1, with 3 candidates:
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Enjoy Nature in Winter with Our Partner Volunteer Activities
Join us for a collaborative effort across the watershed in making lasting, positive improvements in the health and vitality of the Green-Duwamish Watershed. Several of our partners are currently holding volunteer work parties at multiple sites in the river’s watershed, connecting the efforts of communities throughout the watershed from the river cleanup by kayak/shore patrols, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, and forest revitalization. as we care for our water, lands and communities.
The following partners have volunteer opportunities for individuals, families or groups, just click on their link to connect with their events listing or email email@example.com for additional information:
Longfellow Creek Diary Project
Our iconic Longfellow Creek runs the length of West Seattle, From its headwaters at Roxhill Park to Elliot Bay, the creek is an important part of this city’s story and that of our community. We want your personal stories of the creek in this community Diary of Longfellow – past experiences, current activities or special memories, all help to tell the tapestry of Longfellow’s story throughout time. If you have historic photos of the creek that you would like to share as a part of this project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a collaborative project with Log House Museum, Duwamish Alive Coalition, Delridge Neighborhood Development Assn, and Tom Reese.
As one of the last remaining ancient peat bogs (over 10,000 years old) in Seattle, Roxhill Bog has a unique ecosystem and is the headwaters of Longfellow Creek, which runs 3.5 miles through West Seattle before it reaches Elliot Bay. Roxhill Bog plays an important part of the creek’s watershed, as the drainage basin for sixty surrounding acres, collecting sediments and pollutants from rain and storm water run off. Plants absorb some pollutants while the spongy peat soil helps filter sediments, essential for providing healthy water quality. Longfellow Creek is one of Seattle’s few salmon spawning creeks.
Climate change and urbanization has impacted the health of Roxhill Bog, reducing the amounts of water flowing into the wetland to maintain its healthy ecosystem. Water that would normally flow into the bog has been diverted into storm drainage systems while climate change has increased summer temperatures and reduced rainfall causing the peat to dry and degrade. Visit our Roxhill Bog page for additional information and to get updates on the restoration project.