Rural land owners: Come to big city for workshop on management issues

Carrie ClickPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Calling all landowners: A free five-week workshop, “Quality Living on Your Rural Land,” is starting Tuesday. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on consecutive Tuesday evenings through April 1, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Workshop leader Dennis Davidson, a district conservationist with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, said 24 people completed the workshop last year. Professional land managers and land owners from Woody Creek to Rulison took the series.Davidson said the workshop gives students a basic understanding of how soils form, how erosion takes place, and how to best manage water and irrigation. The workshop also addresses pastures and hay management, weed control and wildlife.A highlight of the course is a hands-on tour of one of the workshop participants’ properties.”The whole group goes out and can see some of the problems the landowner is dealing with,” Davidson said. “I can offer suggestions and give alternatives.”Davidson said he needs people who are interested in the course to call and make a reservation. If he doesn’t have at least 10 students, he will have to cancel this year’s workshop. “We had such a good response last year,” he said. “I know there are people out there who would like to get correct, up-to-date information about their resource concerns.” The workshop is free to the public and is presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Quality livingon your rural land7 p.m., March 4-April 1Garfield County Courthouse Plaza, 108 8th St., Room 100, Glenwood SpringsMarch 4: Soil formation and erosionMarch 11: Plant and plant root relationshipsMarch 18: Soil, water and plant relationshipsMarch 25: Q&AApril 1: Field trip/tour to one of the workshop students’ properties Students must preregister for the series at 945-5494, ext. 101.

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