How to develop habitat for upland game birds, tree care and pruning, fruit trees for the Powell area, growing great gardens, how to manage ponds and care of horses are just a few of the topics at the Common Sense Conservation Workshop in Powell.
The free event is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Park County Fairgrounds. Three 50-minute programs will start each hour in separate rooms.
The session schedule is:
8 a.m. – Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) educator, will begin construction of a 12-foot by 11-foot high tunnel that will be raffled at the end of the day. Construction will be ongoing throughout the day. Edwards is looking for helpers during the day and expects to finish the greenhouse by 3 p.m. Raffle tickets are available at Park County extension offices in Cody and Powell, at conservation district and weed and pest control district offices and at the workshop.
9 a.m. – Monte Barker, retired US Forest Service biologist, will discuss habitat needs of pheasants and how to meet those needs. Dallen Smith, UW CES educator, and Ken Pike of Lovell will talk about how to raise sheep and goats on small acreages. Joyce Johnston, UW horticulturist, will discuss fruit tree varieties that do well here.
10 a.m. – Scott Hininger, UW CES educator, will present results from upland game bird habitat research near Sheridan. Bryant Startin, manager of Shoshone Irrigation District, will give a presentation on irrigation districts in Park County. Insect pests in trees will be discussed by Johnston.
11 a.m. – Startin will explain how a gravity-fed irrigation system works. Learn how to have great gardens from Sandra Frost, UW CES educator.
A free chili lunch featuring jams and jellies made from native species will be served from noon to 1 p.m. provided by Park County conservation districts, Park County Master Gardeners and UW CES.
12:30 p.m. – Bill Nye, former owner of Wyoming Trout Farm, will talk about managing private ponds.
1 p.m. – Ann Trosper of the Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District will discuss water quality. Roger Hybner, Natural Resources Conservation Service-Bridger Plant Materials Center, will talk about native plants for landscaping. Dallen Smith will talk about horse care.
2 p.m. – Bob Prchal, Park County Master Gardener, and Chuck Hewitt, City of Powell Parks Department, will demonstrate tree care and pruning. Mary McKinney, Park County Weed and Pest Control District assistant supervisor, will speak about newer herbicides that control noxious weeds. Frost will give a hands-on demonstration of drip irrigation systems.
3 p.m. – Don Tolman, U.S. Army veterinarian, retired, will demonstrate artillery horse packing techniques. Tolman served as a veterinarian in the 6th Special Forces Group. He learned to use elephants, camels, sled dogs, caribou, water buffalo and llamas as pack animals.
Sponsors include Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District, Cody Conservation District, Meeteetse Conservation District, UW CES, Park County Weed and Pest Control District and the City of Powell Parks Department.
To register for the free lunch, please call UW CES at (307) 754-8836. For more information, contact Frost at (307) 754-8836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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