3 valuable workshops – Native Plants and Stormwater this Friday, Buffer Mgt Jan. 31

Quick! – two of these are THIS Friday, one in morning, and one in afternoon. The third one is a repeat of a very popular workshop held in Quilcene at the end of November. Now YOU TOO can learn about buffer management.

WSU Extension is offering all three workshops. I’ll list them here in chronological order.

6th Annual Native Plant Workshop
Friday, January 11, 2013 – 9am-12 at the Chimacum Grange

Get prepared for the Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD) Plant Sale. JCCD staff and partners from North Olympic Salmon Coalition and WSU Cooperative Extension will discuss why natives are so important, selection and care of native plants, and planting technique. Presenters will also highlight species available through the plant sale that encourage mammals and birds, using natives in buffers and rain gardens, and edible and medicinal species. A site visit is planned after the workshop to the HJ Carroll Park native plant garden, weather permitting, for those interested. No RSVP needed.

To obtain a Native Plant Sale order form and information on the plant sale, or the workshop, contact the Jefferson County Conservation District at info, or visit their website at www.jeffersoncd.org.

Stormwater Infiltration:
Hydrogeologic Controls and Considerations for Facility Design

Friday January 11th – 2:00 at the Tri Area Community Center

Pacific Groundwater Group (PGG) will be presenting a professional-level talk oriented towards engineers, planners and natural resource managers on how shallow groundwater affects the performance and design of stormwater infiltration facilities. Elements of the talk particularly relevant to local conditions include: infiltration in till covered areas (i.e. much of Jefferson and Clallam Counties) and application to Low Impact Development (LID).

PGG will be sharing experience and knowledge on infiltration of stormwater and other waters, focusing on assessing hydrogeologic influences on the performance of infiltration facilities. They will also discuss infiltration in the context of Ecology’s recently revised stormwater guidance manual (August 2012). Slide show/discussion format.

For more information,or to RSVP email Peter Schwartzman at peter or call (206) 329-0141.

Live on the Edge!

Learn About Critical Areas And Buffer Management

Thursday, January 31 – 12:30-4:00 at the Tri Area Community Center

Do you live on a shoreline, near a bluff, adjacent to a wetland or creek, or over an aquifer? If so, you probably live on some of the most wild and beautiful land in Jefferson County.

Come to a free workshop called “Living on the Edge – Protection for People, Property, and Habitat” to learn about ways to care for and protect these special places. Hosted by WSU Jefferson County Extension, the Jefferson County Weed Board and the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.

Save your spacetoday! Email darcym or call 360/379-5610 x222.

This same workshop was well attended and got rave reviews when offered at the Quilcene Community Center on Nov. 29. Now YOU can catch up with your well-informed neighbors!

At this workshop you will learn about different types of critical areas and how to best manage the buffers around them. Topics include how to use your buffer area without harming it or yourself, the role of native plants, tips on removing noxious weeds, how to enhance or restore a buffer, how to encourage birds and wildlife, and what resources are available to homeowners.

"Critical Areas" like wetlands, streams or bluffs, have important functions in nature – filtering and cleaning water, delivering sand to the beach, providing fish and wildlife habitat, and supplying our drinking water. Some areas may pose a potential danger including flooded creeks, eroding bluffs, and slopes prone to landslides. Areas called "buffers" are designated to ensure everyone’s safety, protect property from damage, and to keep these important places healthy. Buffers can be enjoyed, maintained, and even enhanced by the people who own them for better function, property values and aesthetics.

This event is open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Another similar workshop will be held in Port Ludlow in early spring. For more information contact Darcy McNamara, WSU Jefferson County Extension, email darcym or 360/379-5610 x222.

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