King Conservation District Is Holding Annual Native Bareroot Plant Sale

The King Conservation District is holding their annual native bareroot plant sale.  The web link to the entire list of available bareroots is at http://www.kingcd.org/pro_native.htm

KCD tree bareroots saleThere is a pre-ordering plant deadline of Feb. 8th.  Walk-up sale and order pickup is at their office in Renton (1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton, WA 98057) on:

  • Friday March 1, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday March 2, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

King Conservation District is now offering online ordering! To place your order, visit our website. They do not ship plants! Your plants must be picked up on the dates listed below.

Payment: Order and pay for your plants by credit card online by February 8th, 2013. Phone orders and purchase orders can be taken by calling Jacobus Saperstein at 425-282-1912.

Pick-up Dates:

  • March 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and March 2, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Pick-up Location:
    • King Conservation District
    • 1107 SW GradyWay, Renton, 98057
  • Walk-up Sale: Some plants will be available for sale at the same time and location above. Because they cannot guarantee specific quantities or species, they recommend online ordering.

Plant Sizes: The ConservationDistrict folks have done their best to estimate the sizes of top growth on the plant sale website. A few species are sold as plugs (grown in small tubes with soil). Plugs are very small starts and have been noted on the website under plant size and type.

Availability: All plants are sold on a first-come, first serve basis Quantities are limited and some species may sell out, so please order early.

Survivability: With proper care and early planting, mortality should not exceed 10-20 percent. There are no refunds or exchanges for plants that do not survive.

Important Notice: Due to the fragile nature of bareroot plants, orders not picked up on the specified dates will be donated to local non-profits for restoration projects. There are no refunds for plant orders not picked up.

Questions: Questions about specific plants? Can’t find what you are looking for?  Call Jacobus at 425-282-1912 or email jacobus@kingcd.org for more information.

Check Out These Sources for More Information on Native Plants

• King County Go Native

http://green.kingcounty.gov/gonative/Index.aspx

• Washington Native Plant Society

http://www.wnps.org/

• Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar & Mackinnon
 Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link

Seattle Parks Board Opposes Coal Trains

Seattle Board of Park Commissioners opposes coal trains

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Gateway Pacific Terminal regarding its opposition to the passage of coal trains through the Seattle area. The letter is to be included as part of the official public comments in the Environmental ImCoalTrain@BroadStpact Statement.

In the letter, the Board expressed concern about air, water, soil and noise pollution, train accidents, park access delays, derailment and reduced property values. The Board also pointed out the connection between burning coal and global climate change and its impact on Seattle Parks and Recreation, which is the steward of the City’s public parks and open spaces.

“We are concerned about the health of our parks, the people who use them and the wildlife that lives in them,” said Diana Kincaid, Park Board Chair. “We believe not enough has been done to fully understand the long-term health impacts of increasing the number of trains carrying coal through our City. Our hope is that impacts to the health of our parklands are fully understood before next steps are taken.”

The full letter can be read here.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program. Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

For more information about the Board’s position on the coal trains, please contact Park Board Chair Diana Kincaid at 206-781-2525 or email her at dianaksea@gmail.com.

Want To Be A Bicycle Ambassador? Cascade Bike Club Now Hiring

CascadeBikeAmbassadorNow hiring: Bicycle Ambassadors

Interested in making a positive impact on your community? Do you bike to work or with your family? Have you rediscovered your love of bicycling? Join Cascade Bicycle Club as a Bicycle Ambassador! You’ll be working to increase the public awareness of the Club, bicycling programs, and safety issues.

As an Ambassador, you’ll:

  • Attend city and county events on bicycles to educate and to spread information about safe bicycling and bicycle commuting;
  • Distribute bicycling information to city residents by bike;
  • Help staff summer bicycle events (bike safety rodeos for kids, fairs, community events, helmet sales), set up “Bike to Market” information  tables and facilitate “Energizer Stations” to support, encourage and engage bicyclists;
  • Pass feedback on to Cascade so we can continue to better our work

Applicants must have;

  • An outgoing personality, bicycling experience, and willingness to initiate conversations with people regarding safety and beginning to ride;
  • Knowledge of safe bicycling and cycling in Seattle desirable.

Training and some equipment provided. See http://www.cbcef.org/ride-ambassadors.html for more information about our program.

The Ambassador job involves 10 to 15 hours of work a week, and applicants must be able to work at least one weekend day and two days per week through summer.

The training for the program begins in March and the position and the position runs mid-April through Aug. 30. These are paid positions.

To apply, email resume and cover letter by February 6 to Serena Lehman: serenal@cascadebicycleclub.org, or mail copies of resume and cover letter to Serena Lehman at

Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S
Seattle, WA 98115

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Seattle Parks Accepting Applications for Volunteer Naturalists

link to environmental learning program at Seattle Parks and RedSeattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for our Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Up to 50 applicants will be accepted into this unique program that includes 200 hours of instruction on how to be a naturalist and interpret the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

The program is entirely free, and those accepted make a one-year commitment. Training includes 10 weeks of classes and outdoor instruction in which new volunteer students are taught how to create naturalist programming and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Puget Sound area.

The goal of the program is to enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature and to connect the public with Seattle parklands through education.

Students will have access to an excellent natural history library, develop and hone communication, public speaking and group management techniques, and promote conservation and stewardship of natural resources.

“The people who enter this program have a chance to share fun, fellowship and community with others who enjoy nature and appreciate parks,” said professional Seattle Parks and Recreation Naturalist Penny Rose, who oversees the program.

Students who complete the training are then asked to commit to at least one year of volunteering, including teaching 12 programs or 12 two-hour Discovery Stations in public parks. These must be completed within a 12-month period, and include leading either school groups or members of the public. Continuing education is offered throughout each year of volunteer service.

Successful applicants will enjoy working with children and the public, have the physical ability to lead group walks over rough terrain, feel comfortable working outdoors and can transport themselves to Environmental Learning Center hubs at Discovery Park, Carkeek Park and Camp Long and other parklands throughout the City.

Applications for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program are due on Friday, February 8, 2013.

For more information, and for a complete application packet, please visit Parks’ website or contact Penny Rose at penny.rose@seattle.gov.

Environmental Lobby Day is February 19th – CoolMom & SWS Want Your Participation

CapBldgOlympiaOur colleagues at CoolMom want to bring Environmental Lobby Day: February 19th to your attention.

At CoolMom they are proud to offer practical and immediate ways to effect climate change.  With that, they also realize that it’s not enough to change our individual behavior.  To address how our communities work and the rules that larger actors must follow, CoolMom states that we need to bring our voices to the halls of power where those decisions are made.  Thus,

Lobby Day!

The Environmental Priorities Coalition is sponsoring Environmental Lobby Day 2013!  This is a chance for you and your family to be heard.  You get to meet with your senators and representatives and make sure they understand that fighting climate change is a family value.

This year’s Environmental Lobby Day is Tuesday, February 19th, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Individuals can sign up and take the bus, or drive down with some friends and join the fun in Olympia.  To learn more and sign up, use this link to register.

CoolMom says they truly believe there is no more powerful voice than parents.  Parents are opinion leaders, decision makers, and voters.  As our children don’t yet have the ability to lobby for a better future, parents need to seize the opportunity to be their voice.  There are many ways to advocate:

  • In your neighborhoods;
  • Through your local media; and
  • The age-old tradition of meeting with your legislator.

CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle are hoping as many CoolMoms and SWS families as possible will join other Washingtonians in taking time out of their week to make their voices heard.

If you can’t make it to Lobby Day, CoolMom hopes you will check out their Tip of the Month with ideas for effective ways to contact your political representatives.

Happy Environmental Lobby Day!

The CoolMom Team

Annual NOAA Climate Report Cites 2012 As US’s “Hottest Year on Record”

US_Jan-Dec2012_tempanom_300According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 55.3°F, which was 3.2°F above the 20th century average and 1.0°F above the previous record from 1998. The year consisted of the fourth warmest winter, a record warm spring, the second warmest summer, and a warmer-than-average autumn.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a press release highlighting these trends.

According to NOAA, although the last four months of 2012 did not bring the same unusual warmth as the first 8 months of the year, the September through December temperatures were warm enough for 2012 to remain the record warmest year, by a wide margin.

The average precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 26.57 inches, 2.57 inches below average, and the 15th driest year on record for the nation.

The U.S. Climate Extremes Index indicated that 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the nation. The index, which evaluates extremes in temperature and precipitation, as well as landfalling tropical cyclones, was nearly twice the average value and second only to 1998.

Additional information is available on the NOAA website, including the full “State of the Climate: National Overview Annual 2012 Report.”  The report is an annual publication of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

Additional resources from the NOAA news release include:

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