Better
Ground

Replenishing Our Region

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At King Conservation District, we’re all about better ground. Better ground means taking important stewardship actions at home and in our communities to create healthy soil and water, to provide healthy food, and to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources. And you don’t have to go at it alone. You have a partner, your local conservation district.

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Healthy Soil
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KUOW SPOTLIGHT

Zackuse Creek

After many years of assessments and feasibility studies, the City of Sammamish, in partnership with KCD, the Kokanee Work Group of WRIA 8, Snoqualmie Tribe, King County Parks, Trout Unlimited, and private property owners, have begun the Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration project.

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GET INVOLVED

It starts
with you

7 hours ago

King Conservation District

Today is World Refugee Day! This is what one local faith institution has done to support the immigrants and refugees in their community.

Kent Lutheran Church had a small piece of land (just 38' x 15') that they wanted to use to help support community agriculture. They contact KCD for technical and implementation assistance and together built four raised beds for World Relief Seattle clients to grow culturally favorable food.

If your church, mosque, business or school is interested in creating a space to grow food, contact Melissa.Tatro@kingcd.org for assistance.
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Leave the Leaves
One of the most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the winter cover they need in the form of fall leaves and standing dead plant material. Consider creating a sign to inform your neighbors of your pollinator-friendly choice! #pollinatorweek
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Re-Think Chemical Use -
Before you spray, make sure that you truly have a pest problem! Many insects that visit gardens are harmless or even helpful to making plants grow. If you know that you have a pest issue, research alternative solutions by contacting your County Extension Office - extension.wsu.edu/king/gardening/mg/ or Master Gardener’s Office - www.mgfkc.org/.

If you must use chemicals, be mindful of your timing. Applying early morning before blooms open and avoiding spraying the flowers of the plants will help minimize exposure to toxins for adult bees and butterflies. However, any chemicals applied to plants can be consumed by hungry caterpillars. #pollinatorweek
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For National Pollinator Week, let's take a look at 5 Easy Ways You Can Support Pollinators.

Provide Native Plants for Pollinators - Native plants have been found to be four times more attractive to pollinators than non-natives, and many butterflies only lay eggs on native species. A true “butterfly garden” is one that includes native plants that provide nectar for adult butterflies and food for their caterpillars.

Including plants which flower at diverse times of year also supports pollinators. By planting a mix of annuals and perennials that bloom from early spring through mid-fall, you can ensure flowers in your garden throughout the year and provide food for pollinators throughout their active seasons.

For more info on native plants - kingcd.org/publications/native-plants/
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