Spring Election Ballots Announcement for SCD Board of Supervisors

Spring Election Ballots Announcement for SCD Board of Supervisors

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to protect the environment and help people in your community? Snohomish Conservation District, a local conservation organization, will host an election for a volunteer Board Supervisor on March 20th, 2018 from 2 PM to 6 PM at the District office in Lake Stevens. Ballots must be submitted in person that day.

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Puget Sound Starts at My School

Puget Sound Starts at My School

Several schools recently finished up their participation in a National Fish and Wildlife funded grant, Puget Sound Starts at My School. This program involved 658 students in the planning, design, and installation of stormwater projects on school campuses. In total, the projects completed through this grant will divert and filter an estimated 435,769 gallons of stormwater every year!

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A Look Back at Our Season of Spreading . . . Manure

Manure & Lime Spreader Program Ending for 2017

 Sound Horsekeepers, Adam and Tracey

Sound Horsekeepers, Adam and Tracey

The spreaders are out at the last cooperators' property and will be picked up Friday and put away for the season. We will not be taking reservations until April 2 for next spring, so mark it on your calendars. There will be some changes coming to the program that Michael Hipp, our Resource Planner / Sound Horsekeeping Program Manager, will be working on over the winter, They are changes related to efficiency so that we can better serve you all. He will let you know what those are as they become official.

THANK YOU!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the spreader program this year! 2017 was the busiest and most successful yet.

 

  • 34 Cooperators (aka landowners / farmers / horsekeepers) used the spreaders; some, multiple times.

  • 3,020 miles driven to deliver the spreaders - that's the distance from Seattle to San Salvador, El Salvador!

  • Only 1 flat tire on the trailer (thanks to Skagit Farmer's Supply for the assist!)

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And there is no way to measure the tens of thousands of pounds of manure and lime spread this year, but it is great to know that all those nutrients are out building good soil. Thank you to our cooperators for not only having Michael out to your property to discuss soil health and good pasture management practices, but also for following through and getting your pastures one step healthier for your horses.

Please remember that if you encounter any new resource concerns over the winter Michael is always here to help. Winter in western Washington is always a challenge with horses, so please don't ever hesitate to contact him any time.

Office: (425) 377-7019 | Email: mhipp@snohomishcd.org

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Fall Task List for All Types of Properties

Fall Task List for All Types of Properties

The shorter days of autumn inspire us to slow down after a busy summer, but accomplishing a few tasks before the rains set in and the winds start to blow will make winter more pleasant and surprise you with a healthy land and soil-scape next spring.

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Photovoice for Agricultural Resilience: Farmers educate decision-makers through photos.

Photovoice for Agricultural Resilience: Farmers educate decision-makers through photos.

Seven farms took part in the Photovoice Project hosted by the Snohomish Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy. Through a series of four workshops, participants responded to two questions - "Why is agriculture important to our community?" and "What are the major challenges facing agriculture?" - through photos and discussion.

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Snohomish County Council Member Tour with Monte Marti from Snohomish Conservation District

Snohomish County Council Member Tour with Monte Marti from Snohomish Conservation District

On Monday May 15th, the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) invited out Council Members Brian Sullivan and Stephanie Wright, to join District Manager, Monte Marti, on a tour around south Snohomish County to view completed stormwater treatment projects within their districts (2 and 3). 

The tour consisted of a rain garden on an right of way and a property owner’s house in Edmonds, the Mukilteo Library, Mukilteo Elementary School to view their outdoor classroom, and condominiums along 112th St. SE in Everett.

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Now hiring for our Veteran Conservation Corps Crew Internship

Now hiring for our Veteran Conservation Corps Crew Internship

The Snohomish Conservation District and the Veterans Conservation Corps are excited to announce several internship opportunities for United States military veterans. This position will work with landowners on stormwater resource concerns within urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island, and occasionally in other parts of the Puget Sound region. 

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Is Your Home Firewise?

Is Your Home Firewise?

As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.

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