Mountains to Sound Greenway receives $25,000 to restore park habitat

June 7, 2011

Lake Sammamish State Park received a special delivery June 6 — a $25,000 FedEx and National Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Partnership Grant for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to continue habitat restoration efforts in the 512-acre park.

The grant supplements a $50,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Community Salmon Fund Grant received last year alongside a grant from the King Conservation District.

“Our work with NFWF enables FedEx team members to collaborate and work directly with local nonprofits to improve the air, water and urban spaces that we share in the communities where we live and work,” Mitch Jackson, vice president for environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., said in a news release. “A significant portion of our operations, people and facilities are based in metropolitan centers, and we value helping to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways.”

In addition, FedEx employees plan to volunteer at the state park June 16 as part of the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and volunteer efforts in local communities through the EarthSmart program. The volunteers work at a distribution center in a commercial area adjacent to the state park.

“The greenway is a place where we can come together for the good of the environment and the community,” Margaret Ullman, volunteer program manager for the greenway trust, said in the news release.

The greenway stretches along Interstate 90 from the Seattle waterfront to Central Washington. The greenbelt links natural areas, farms, forests, communities, recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife.

Mountains to Sound Greenway receives $25,000 for habitat restoration

June 6, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. June 6, 2011

Lake Sammamish State Park received a special delivery Monday — a $25,000 FedEx and National Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Partnership Grant for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to continue habitat restoration efforts in the 512-acre park.

The grant supplements a $50,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Community Salmon Fund Grant received last year alongside a grant from the King Conservation District.

“Our work with NFWF enables FedEx team members to collaborate and work directly with local nonprofits to improve the air, water and urban spaces that we share in the communities where we live and work,” Mitch Jackson, vice president for environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., said in a news release. “A significant portion of our operations, people and facilities are based in metropolitan centers, and we value helping to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways.”

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Microsoft employees restore Lake Sammamish State Park habitat

May 24, 2011

Microsoft employees (from left) Jenni Powell, of Kirkland, Bob Scola, of Issaquah, and April Ritscher, of Monroe, cut down an invasive English Hawthorne tree during a habitat restoration project May 20 at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Microsoft helped the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust reboot Issaquah Creek habitat May 20.

More than 60 employees from the software giant’s campus along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast in Issaquah gathered at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Microsoft employees to restore Issaquah Creek habitat

May 19, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. May 19, 2011

Microsoft plans to help Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust reboot Issaquah Creek habitat Friday.

More than 60 employees from the software giant’s Sammamish campus along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast will gather at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“Microsoft is excited to be a part of this very important effort. Our offices look out onto this park and the employees wanted to give back to the place we all spend so much time in during breaks in our work day. It’s an incredible resource for us all,” Microsoft employee Robert Cole said in a release.

The restoration effort should almost complete restoration along the northern side of the creek, stretching about a mile from the creek mouth to the Microsoft campus. The work is meant to prepare the site for fall plantings.

The trust and the state parks agency partnered to restore more than 50 acres of streamside, lakeshore and wetland habitat in the park since 2005.

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Duvall farmer Eric Nelson elected to King Conservation District board

March 22, 2011

King Conservation District voters elected Duvall farmer Eric Nelson to the board of supervisors in a pioneering online election last week, although turnout dropped sharply from the last district election in 2010.

The contest concluded March 15, and conservation district officials announced the results March 17.

Eric Nelson

Nelson bested Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente to secure the open seat for a three-year term. Nelson is scheduled to assume office at the Washington State Conservation Commission meeting in May.

The election attracted 2,299 voters — a decline from 4,232 people in the last district election in March 2010. Officials had hoped the option for voters to cast electronic ballots online, instead of traveling to polling locations scattered throughout the county, might boost turnout.

The district offered a traditional polling site in Renton for 12 hours March 15.

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Duvall farmer elected to King Conservation District board

March 17, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. March 17, 2011

King Conservation District voters elected Duvall farmer Eric Nelson to the board of supervisors in a pioneering online election, although turnout dropped sharply from the last district election in 2010.

The contest concluded Tuesday night, and conservation district officials announced the results Thursday afternoon.

Nelson bested Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente to secure the open seat for a three-year term. Nelson is scheduled to assume office at the Washington State Conservation Commission meeting in May.

The election attracted 2,299 voters — a decline from 4,232 people in the last district election in March 2010. Officials had hoped the option for voters to cast electronic ballots online, instead of traveling to polling locations scattered throughout the county, might boost turnout.

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Voting in conservation district election ends March 15

March 8, 2011

The clock is ticking for King Conservation District voters to cast ballots online in the contest for a vacant board seat.

Voters started to cast e-ballots in the supervisor race Feb. 15. The online voting period runs through March 15. Voters can also cast ballots in person at the district office March 15.

The conservation district is the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and for providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

Candidates Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente seek the volunteer position.

Elliott said he aims to balance environmental science and property rights. Herrera, a district Citizen Advisory Committee, said she intends to foster partnership among the district, landowners and other agencies. Nelson said he understands the district from a farmer’s perspective. Prudente said he intends to improve the district’s infrastructure and ability to assist landowners.

The election is open to registered voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County, except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish — cities outside the district.

King County Elections does not administer district elections.

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Issaquah voters face choice among King Conservation District candidates

March 3, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 3, 2011

The clock is ticking for King Conservation District voters to cast ballots online in the contest for a vacant board seat.

Voters started to cast e-ballots in the supervisor race Feb. 15. The voting period runs through March 15.

The conservation district is the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and for providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

Candidates Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente seek the volunteer position.

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King Conservation District rolls out online voting for board election

February 15, 2011

Supervisors handle conservation projects, programs in Issaquah

The little-noticed election for a King Conservation District board seat kicked off Feb. 15 and, for the first time, district voters in Issaquah and elsewhere can cast ballots online.

The monthlong election is for a supervisor seat on the board of the conservation district — the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The electorate must choose among Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente for the open seat.

“We are pleased to have a full slate of candidates for our inaugural online election,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement.

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Voting starts in King Conservation District board election

February 15, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 2011

The monthlong election for a King Conservation District board seat started Tuesday, and voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in the far-reaching district can cast ballots online.

In one of the first online elections in the United States, the district is allowing voters to cast e-ballots from computers through 9 p.m. March 15.

The district focuses on delivering natural resources information and technical assistance to landowners across most of King County.

Candidates for the open seat include Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente.

Voters can also cast ballots in person at the district office — 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 15.

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