King Conservation District rolls out online voting for board election

February 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 11, 2011

The little-noticed election for a King Conservation District board seat kicks off Tuesday 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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King Conservation District appoints director

January 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

King Conservation District leaders have picked the interim executive director for the full-time role, the agency announced Monday.

Sara Hemphill has served in the interim role since January 2010, after serving as a consultant to the district for 10 years and logging almost 20 years on resource conservation and regulatory compliance projects.

“Sara will continue to play a key role in furthering the district’s goals and objectives,” district Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement. “Her unique blend of career experience and knowledge of the district have been invaluable over the past year.”

In addition to administrative duties, Hemphill continues to serve as the legislative strategist, lobbyist, and internal and external affairs facilitator, for the district.

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Find fresh Christmas trees at King County farms

December 4, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 4, 2010

Pick the perfect Christmas tree — and help support a King County farmer at the same time.

Puget Sound Fresh has encouraged revelers to buy trees from local farms. Purchasing Christmas trees and holiday greens from local farms helps agriculture to remain a part of the local economy and landscape into the future.

Find the Enchanted Winds Tree Farm and Noel Trees Limited near Issaquah. Find a list of tree farms in the Evergreen State here.

Each farm offers something to make the experience special, like hot cider or cocoa, baked goods, pony rides, gifts or a visit from the all-important North Pole guest.

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Conservation leaders honor King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert

November 16, 2010

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (left) receives a Rock Award for conservation efforts from King Conservation District Board President Bill Knutsen and King Conservation District Executive Director Sara Hemphill. Contributed

Conservation leaders recognized King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert last month as a champion of programs to preserve agriculture 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 — from 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 a universal permit to allow farmers to conduct regular maintenance on drainage ditches.

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Conservation leaders honor King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert

November 13, 2010

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.”

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King Conservation District seeks board member

November 9, 2010

Issaquah-area residents can apply to be a supervisor for the King Conservation District, the group responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The volunteer board of supervisors — including three elected members and two supervisors appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district. The board handles the district’s budget and programs, and provides guidance to staff members.

The three-year position is open to registered voters inside the conservation district. In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

Find applications for the open seat at the conservation district website and the commission website. Candidates must apply by Nov. 15. The commission plans to announce the appointment Dec. 2. Call Susan Wermus at 282-1900 to learn more.

The appointee succeeds retiring member Scott Wallace, a longtime leader in local agricultural programs.

Residents needed for King Conservation District board

October 27, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

Issaquah-area residents can apply to be a supervisor for the King Conservation District, the group responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The volunteer board of supervisors — including three elected members and two supervisors appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district. The board handles the district’s budget and programs, and provides guidance to staff members.

The three-year position is open to registered voters inside the conservation district. In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

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County, trails association to dedicate trail bridge

October 5, 2010

Trees felled during a fierce windstorm in December 2006 found another use as material for a bridge across a coho salmon-bearing stream in Grand Ridge Park north of the Issaquah Highlands.

Now, hikers, runners, mountain bikers and other trail users no longer need to risk life, limb or shoe to cross Canyon Creek.

The organizations plan to dedicate the bridge at noon Oct. 7. Enjoy trail snacks and prizes at the ceremony. Find a map of the park here.

King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association partnered to build a 40-foot bridge across the creek. Before the bridge spanned the creek, trail users had to scramble down a steep slope, slog through the creek and then climb back up the other side. Now, trail users can stay dry and help preserve and protect fish and wildlife. The bridge helps complete the seven-mile trail from the High Point area to Duthie Hill Park.

The trails association received a King Conservation District grant through the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to help fund the bridge construction.

County, Washington Trails Association to dedicate Grand Ridge bridge

October 4, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 4, 2010

Trees felled during a fierce windstorm in December 2006 found another use as material for a bridge across a coho salmon-bearing stream in Grand Ridge Park north of the Issaquah Highlands.

Now, hikers, runners, mountain bikers and other trail users no longer need to risk life, limb or shoe to cross Canyon Creek.

King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association partnered to build a 40-foot bridge across the creek. The organizations plan to dedicate the bridge at noon Thursday. Enjoy trail snacks and prizes at the ceremony. Find a map of the park here.

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State finds no problems in King Conservation District audit

June 1, 2010

Auditors determined the King Conservation District followed proper procedures to safeguard public dollars and assets, a state audit released May 1 shows.

The audit examined accountability through items related to open public meetings and conflicts of interest — areas with the highest risk of noncompliance, misappropriation or misuse. The state team found no problems, and said the district complied with laws and regulations, as well as procedures established by district officials for 2008, the period examined during the audit.

Formed in 1949, the district promotes sustainable uses of natural resources and responsible land stewardship across most of King County, except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

Issaquah and other King County cities receive grants from the conservation district for projects as diverse as gardening classes at Pickering Barn and habitat restoration in city parks.

A five-member board of supervisors — with three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the Conservation Commission — oversees the district and a roughly $1 million annual budget. The district employs 14 full-time workers.

Landowners fund the district through a $10 per-parcel assessment fee. The state Conservation Commission — as well as state, federal and local grants — provides money for the district. The agency receives no ongoing operating budget from the Legislature

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