The Eugene Water & Electric Board, together with the OSU Extension Service, the McKenzie Watershed Council, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) and the Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District, is hosting an educational workshop on “naturescaping” for McKenzie River area residents.
Naturescaping is a method of landscaping that incorporates native plants, reduces water use, enhances habitat and protects water quality while producing a landscape that meets landowner needs, is easier to maintain and can save both time and money.
This free workshop will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s Leaburg Training Center. Light refreshments will be provided and participants will have a chance to enter a drawing for a free flame. Presenters will cover a variety of topics including developing a functional and waterwise landscaping plan; planting the ‘right plant’ in the ‘right place’; addressing invasive species on your property; the importance of riparian buffers to water quality; reducing pesticide and fertilizer use; enriching soil quality through composting and mulching; managing moss; and rain gardens and swales.
There will be a short open house after the presentations where people can speak with staff from each agency/organization and obtain additional information and resources. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required, in order to plan for workshop materials.
This workshop is part of a grant that EWEB received from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to work with watershed residents and farmers on pesticide reduction activities that protect water quality.
For more information, contact Nancy Toth at (541)-685-7438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.