King Conservation District’s Native Bareroot Plant Sale Now Underway Online

KCD plant saleThe King Conservation District announces its 2014 Native Bareroot Plant Sale, with online ordering underway!

Order bareroot native plants online for pick up on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Quantities are limited and some species may sell out, so please order early.

The King Conservation District offers a variety of native trees and shrubs for conservation purposes, including wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation, and stream enhancement. The plants are bareroot stock, which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags, but are harvested from the field in winter when the plants are dormant and ready to be replanted. Bareroot plants are affordable, hardy, have well-developed roots, and are easy to handle, transport and plant.

Order online at http://www.kingcd.org/pro_native.htm.

Quantities are limited so if there’s a particular species you would like, survey the varieties on the website and order now.

HOW TO ORDER: Order and pay for your plants by credit card online at www.kingcd.org. Minimum order $30. All orders must be pre-paid. Purchase orders are acceptable for agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

ORDERING DEADLINE: All orders must be placed by February 9, 2014.

PICK-UP DATE: Saturday, March 1, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

PICK-UP LOCATION: King Conservation District, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. (No plant delivery available.)

AVAILABILITY: Quantities are limited. All plants are sold on a first-come, first served basis.

QUESTIONS: Call Jacobus Saperstein at 425-282-1912, or email: jacobus@kingcd.org.

Plants Available

  • CONIFEROUS TREES: Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Noble Fir, Shore Pine, Sitka Spruce, Hemlock, Western Red Cedar;
  • DECIDUOUS TREES: Black Hawthorn, Cascara, Oregon Ash, Oregon White Oak, Pacific Crabapple, Vine Maple, Western Flowering Dogwood;
  • SHRUBS: Black Twinberry, Blackcap Raspberry, Blue Elderberry, Evergreen Huckleberry, Indian Plum, Mock Orange, Nootka Rose, Oceanspray, Pacific Ninebark, Pacific Rhododendron, Red Elderberry, Red Flowering Current, Red Osier Dogwood, Serviceberry, Snowberry, Tall Oregon Grape, Thimbleberry;
  • GROUNDCOVERS: Coastal Strawberry, Kinnikinnick, Low Oregon Grape, Salal, Sword Fern.

Link with King Conservation District on Facebook:www.facebook.com/KingConservationDistrict

Bike Master Plan Update Now Online, Presentations Scheduled for December

BMP2013UpdateSeattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Master Plan Update was transmitted by Mayor Mike McGinn to Seattle City Council yesterday.  SDOT says the plan is based on the vision that riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.

Click here to go directly to the updated Bicycle Master Plan.

On the Bicycle Master Plan website you’ll be able to download the following sections of the plan:

  1. A reader’s guide that summarizes major changes in the Mayor’s recommended BMP as compared to the public review draft plan, which SDOT published in June;
  2. The new Recommended plan (by chapter);
  3. Recommended bicycle network maps; and the
  4. Appendices

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination for the Bicycle Master Plan will be published and posted to the BMP website on Monday, December 2. A 14-day comment period will follow and close on December 16, 2013.

Future dates to be aware of:

  • Wednesday, December 4: SDOT presentation and discussion with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
  • Tuesday, December 10: SDOT presentation to City Council Transportation Committee
  • Wednesday, December 11: Special meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee to take public input on the recommended plan
  • Additional deliberations by City Council on the recommended plan will occur in early 2014; dates of subsequent meetings will be posted on the project website

For further information contact the Bicycle Master Plan folks at bmpupdate@seattle.gov

Parks Advisory Committee Releases First Draft of Future Funding Options

GapAnalysis4SeattleParksThe Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLCAC), appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options, has released a first draft of 37 newly prioritized investment initiatives (funding recommendations) that are being considered for a possible ballot measure in August 2014.

Click here to see the newly prioritized list on the PLCAC website.

Also, the Committee is considering what type of funding mechanism to use: short-term, long-term, levy or Metropolitan Park District. The committee has asked community members to attend a public hearing to comment on the initiatives and their prioritization, as well as on the funding mechanism options. The public hearing will take place Thursday, November 7, starting at 6:00 pm at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. (See separate Event notice.)

To give verbal testimony at the hearing, community members must sign in. Testimony may be for up to two minutes. Sign-in begins at 5:00 pm. The Associated Recreation Council will provide on-site childcare 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm for up to 20 children ages 5–12.

Written testimony carries as much weight as verbal testimony. To submit written testimony to the Committee, please send email to parkslegacy@seattle.gov or to Parks Legacy Comments, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle WA 98116.

The 37 investment initiatives proposed for inclusion in a future park funding ballot measure have been initially prioritized by three subcommittees: Existing Programs and Services, New Programs and Services and Partnerships.

The Committee seeks feedback from the community on the initiatives, and on the type of funding mechanisms being considered. Community members planning to attend the hearing may want to consider these questions beforehand:

  • What priorities should the committee consider as it makes recommendations for a ballot measure?
  • Should the ballot measure focus on maintaining core services like park restroom maintenance, trash and litter pickup, and keeping community center doors open?
  • Should the ballot measure focus on new projects that develop “land banked” sites and acquire new property?
  • Should the ballot measure concentrate on challenge grants like an Opportunity Fund for community-initiated projects and innovative new programs that encourage health and fitness?
  • Should the type of ballot measure recommended by the Committee be a levy? If so, for 6 years, 8 years, 12 years, or permanently?
  • Should the type of ballot measure recommended by the Committee be a Metropolitan Park District with its own taxing authority?

After the public hearing, the committee will Continue its work to prioritize the list of investment initiatives and evaluate funding mechanism options, with the goal of completing its preliminary recommendations by December. In January, the committee will host open houses throughout Seattle to hear additional public comments before the final prioritization.

In March 2014, the committee will forward its final recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

Environmental Working Group Posts “Dirty Dozen” List of Endrocrine Disruptors

DirtyDozenEndocrineDisruptorPosterThe Environmental Working Group has partnered with the Keep-A-Breast Foundation to bring attention to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies such as increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another – and so much more.

The two groups have created a Dirty Dozen list which includes BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors that are widespread in consumer products such as plastic containers, food cans and fragrances.

Review the list here and see if there are items in your household or workplace which are on this list.

The list also includes common contaminants that many people don’t realize can be hormone disruptors, not only those familiar toxins – arsenic, mercury and lead – but other, less familiar chemicals such as glycol ethers and perfluorinated chemicals. The guide is intended for consumers of all ages, particularly young people who are most at risk from these dangerous substances.

EWG researchers compiled the new Dirty Dozen list by scouring scientific literature and identifying the most hazardous and widely-used hormone-disrupting chemicals that pollute the environment and ultimately our bodies. These substances are frequently found in food, water and consumer products. Studies have linked them to a wide array of health problems, including cancer, birth defects, lowered sperm count, lowered IQ, obesity and thyroid disease.

Fundraiser for West Seattle Tool Library Set for December 6 @ Youngstown Arts Center

Tool Library Fundraiser PosterAfter nearly 3-1/2 years of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its first fundraiser and inclusive “Festivus” party.

Everyone is welcome. No cover charge.

The fundraiser gala, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday,  Dec. 6, from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Any funds raised will go to the maintenance of tool library operations, as well as potential enhancements such as extended hours and more classes, depending on the amount raised.

To be held at the dance studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts center, the fundraiser is being billed as a Festivus in a nod to a classic Seinfeld episode with beer, wine, soft drinks, food, music, a silent auction, kids activities and a used tool sale. In addition, discounts will be offered on new and renewing tool library memberships (normally  a suggested $40 a year). And members who have tool library items that they’ve been meaning to return will be offered amnesty for any returned tools. No fines and no questions asked!

Donations and volunteer help for the fundraiser are still needed. If you are an individual or business with a item you’d like to donate for the silent auction please contact Christy True at christytrue@gmail.com. Food and beverage donations also welcome. Donors will be recognized in a public way at the event. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the event should email kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

Since opening in the summer of 2010, the West Seattle Tool Library has built an inventory of more than 1,500 tools, signed up more than 1,000 members, offered many classes and served as the home of the Fixer’s Collective and Ask an Expert night. It has been a model to many other tool libraries that have popped up in the Puget Sound region and beyond and received positive media attention as an example of the type of sharing economy projects needed to make the world more sustainable. It is a nonprofit project of Sustainable West Seattle. You can learn more and check out our inventory at www.wstoollibrary.org