Conservation leaders honor King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert

November 13, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 13, 2010

Conservation leaders recognized King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert last month as a champion of programs to preserve agricultural and forestry in rural areas.

King Conservation District officials named Lambert a Conservation Leader for supporting voluntary land stewardship programs. The councilwoman received a Rock Award — a program to honor people, programs and cities for service and leadership in conservation efforts during the previous year.

“Councilmember Lambert has been a champion for King CD and vital to our success,” conservation district Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement. “She understands the work of the district and the importance of getting conservation on the ground in a way that’s manageable and affordable for the landowner.”

Lambert represents Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County on the nine-member council. The district encompasses a rich agricultural heritage.

The conservation district highlighted Lambert, because she championed preservation of funding for the county Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program — a program designed to help farmers preserve water quality and protect fish. The councilwoman is also in the midst of developing of a universal permit to allow farmers to conduct regular maintenance on drainage ditches.

Lambert also helped to retain funding for the county Agriculture and Rural Forest commissions. The programs help landowners preserve rural land amid development pressures.

Other recipients included Carnation landowner Art Groeneweg, Auburn Councilman Bill Peloza, Kent municipal government and the Cascade Harvest Coalition. The conservation district board selected the honorees based on recommendations from district staffers.

“These awards highlight individuals, organizations and municipalities who have shown outstanding initiative and cooperation in stewardship programs and habitat enhancement within our district,” Knutsen said.

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