State finds no problems in King Conservation District audit

May 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 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.

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City gets conservation grants

March 23, 2010

City Council members accepted a pair of King Conservation District grants to improve Pickering Garden and mark storm drains. Read more

Conservation district voters elect new board member

March 23, 2010

King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and the president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board last week. Read more

Conservation district voters elect new board member

March 17, 2010

NEW — 11:44 a.m. March 17, 2010

King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board Tuesday.

Prinsen pulled ahead of four other candidates — including former Issaquah wetland biologist Kirk Prindle — to win a three-year term on the five-member board. Prinsen received about 42 percent of the vote; Prindle placed fourth in the race.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners. The all-volunteer governing board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the state Conservation Commission.

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Vote for new King Conservation District board member Tuesday

March 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2010

Voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in the King Conservation District will choose from five candidates for a board seat Tuesday.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

A five-person board of supervisors oversees the district. The board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by state Conservation Commission.

The candidates include former Issaquah city wetland biologist Kirk Prindle. Officials eliminated the position last year during a round of layoffs.

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Former city biologist seeks conservation district seat

March 9, 2010

Kirk Prindle

Kirk Prindle, a former Issaquah city employee known for efforts to protect the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon, seeks to re-enter the public sector next week with a King Conservation District post.

Voters in Issaquah and across most of King County will elect a new member to the conservation district board March 16. The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

Prindle seeks to join the five-member board tasked with running the district and awarding dozens of grants to Issaquah and other cities to fund environmental projects. Read more

City officials pocket dollars for conservation

March 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2010

City Council members accepted a pair of King Conservation District grants Monday to improve Pickering Garden and mark storm drains.

The council accepted more than $60,000 in grant dollars during a brief meeting.

The garden grant — $41,358 spread through 2011 — will be at the Pickering Garden to implement education efforts and improvement the site. The project includes a series of classes on landscaping, gardening without pesticides and herbicides, and natural yard-care techniques conducted by Seattle Tilth.

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File to run for King Conservation District seat by Feb. 16

February 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 1, 2010

King Conservation District voters will elect a member to the board of supervisors next month. The district includes Issaquah and most of King County.

Candidates for the March 16 election must file at the district office in Renton by Feb. 16. The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

A five-person board of supervisors oversees the district. The board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by state Conservation Commission.

Potential candidates must complete a candidate information form and nominating petition with at least 25 district voters’ signatures. The petition must be submitted to the district office — 1107 S.W. Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton  — by 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

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City works to protect salmon habitat in Sycamore neighborhood

January 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 22, 2010

The city will prevent development along a sliver of Issaquah Creek in the Sycamore neighborhood as part of a plan to restore salmon habitat.

City Council members discussed the deal in a closed-door executive session Monday, and then, during a public vote, authorized Mayor Ava Frisinger to buy a conservation easement along the creek.

Money from a state grant will be used to pay for the $32,000 easement on a narrow, 0.21-acre strip. The terms of the agreement will allow the city some limited, passive recreation use for the land, such as walking trails.

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Hundreds of volunteers needed to plant trees

October 13, 2009

More than 200 Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant trees at Lake Sammamish State Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 17 to kick off the fall tree planting season. The event will begin a campaign to plant more than 25,000 native trees and shrubs in several natural areas in the greenway. Read more

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