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August 2, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, King CD – With the help of a $25,000 grant from the King Conservation District, the Bellevue Botanical Garden has made some improvements to promote the appreciation of native plants.

This spring the Botanical Garden completed upgrades to the Native Discovery Garden, a section of the property devoted to plants native to the Northwest. The upgrades were made to improve access to the park for visitors with limited mobility, to diversify the collection, and to improve circulation of visitors throughout the park itself.

Nancy Kartes, garden manager, said the changes address concerns in getting people to the Native Discovery Garden.

“One of the things we would notice was the garden was under visited, the circulation was awkward, so in general we are trying to improve accessibility throughout the garden,” She said. “The pathway was bark so people with limited mobility couldn’t go in. We improved the circulation and swapped out the surface to be more accessible, compacted crushed rock.”

Source: Botanical Garden has new plants for summer | Bellevue Reporter

July 28, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, King CD – Wildfires are unpredictable, but one community in Redmond is part of a program that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfires and to take action to prevent losses.

“Primarily, it focuses on protection of homes,” said Marth Christensen, who recently assumed the role as the new FireWise coordinator for the Trilogy at Redmond Ridge retirement community.

The King County Conservation District also maintains a program to help homeowners prepare to protect their property.

“We started going our wildfire work in 2015,” said Mike Lasecki, forest program manager.

The relatively recent addition of fire resilience services for a 70-year-old agency speaks to the growing awareness of wildfire risks in the western half of Washington.

Source: Could a wildfire come to your neighborhood? Redmond residents are already preparing |

July 9, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, King CD – The King Conservation District (KCD) partnered with Lake Washington Christian Church in Kirkland to educate residents on the importance of sustainability and responsible stewardship on June 26.

The event allowed residents to tour a 2.5-acre shoreline restoration project that was once taken over by invasive weeds. Homeowners living on streams, lakes and wetlands were invited to learn techniques for managing weeds and returning their property to a more natural state.

KCD education programs coordinator Kristen McCune and KCD improvement project assistant Ashley Allan have been working with the church to provide technical assistance, workshops and project installation for the site. The project has a 15-year lifespan and they are currently in the third year.

“The unique part about this site is that it was covered in blackberry. No one actually realized there was a stream or moving water,” said McCune.

Source: Conservation district educates Kirkland residents on responsible stewardship and shoreline restoration | Kirkland Reporter

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