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Dear Green Neighbors,
I am very pleased to announce some exciting news on behalf of our Legacy Lands Program. The County's Legacy Lands program is designed to protect certain properties that are highly valued for habitat, scenic corridors, and other environmental qualities. We are currently protecting almost 5,000 acres in the County. The primary revenue source for this program is a conservation futures levy which in the past directed most of the funds for acquisitions rather than maintaining the properties. I have been working to get a new bill passed by the Washington Legislature that allows counties greater flexibility in allocating revenue to maintenance and operation activities. The bill has passed the senate and is on the way to the House of Representatives. If our efforts prove successful this would mean the county will be able to make additional improvements to our Legacy Lands such as increasing accessibility; installing and improving hiking trails; and other means of passive recreation. I will keep you informed on the progress of this important legislation.
Our Clark Green Business Program will be recognizing both our past and newly verified businesses at the Green Business Showcase in April. Please visit our directory of these 45 businesses at http://www.clarkgreenbiz.com/8/directory.html and support these outstanding community members when you are in need of their products and services. Be sure to say you chose them because they are a verified Clark Green Business.
And just a reminder that we are striving for a 55% recycling rate in 2014. Please help us achieve this goal and keep putting those recyclables in the cart!
All the best,
Don BentonDirector, Clark County Environmental Services
The Florence Wager Community Garden, located at Pacific Park on NE 18th Street and 172nd Avenue, has three of the 16 garden plots still available to the public! These plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis so get one while you still can!
If interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)397-2121 ext. 5290!
This year brings a new program to citizens of Clark County. There will be nine special collection events throughout Clark County for hard to recycle items. There will be no charge to drop off items. A donation of canned food will be accepted for the food bank.
http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.htmlfor a complete schedule of dates, locations and items accepted at each location.
A free event offering 32 workshops to help you do simple projects around your home.
Parking: On-site parking is free and available in the lots adjacent to Gaiser Hall. You can enter from Fort Vancouver Way. We will have directional signs that should help you locate these lots.
Lunch: Free lunches will be provided to the first 100 people compliments of Frito Lay, Corwin Beverage and Clark County; presenters will also receive a free lunch.
Door Prize: There will be a door prize raffle for a garage space heater, donated again by Cadet Manufacturing (drawing will be at 3:50 pm in Room 257; must be present to win).
CFL bulb exchange: There will also be a CFL bulb exchange courtesy of Clark Public Utilities. Limit six per family, no fluorescent tubes or fixtures accepted
Full schedule available at www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/diy-fair
Green Business Workshop: Wednesday, March 19 from 3:30-5PM, Clark Green Business and The Heathman Lodge will co-host “Energy conservation: lighting and LEDs.” Attendees will see demonstrations of creative LED lighting, hear about the recent dramatic price reduction of LED lights, and learn about financing options including incentives and rebates for energy conservation offered by CPU. After the event, attendees will have an opportunity join industry specialists for an optional Q&A session. If you would like to join us for this free event with hors d'oeuvres and some helpful tips, please register by clicking the link above.
In honor of Cesar E Chavez, a man who employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers, we will be holding a volunteer event at Pacific Park to spruce up our community educational gardens. Please come and help us install new plants for spring, pull some weeds and get the gardens ready for spring.
Presented by Marion Warfield, herbalist student. For more information, go to http://www.cascadiawild.org/free-naturalist-skills-community-nights.html.
A four part series on fruit trees. Thinking of growing your own fruit trees at home? Already growing fruit trees you want to make sure are well cared for? This class will cover the ten most important things to know in order to ensure healthy trees and an abundant harvest here in the Pacific Northwest.
The lecture will cover site requirements & prep, how to select a good tree, general care & maintenance requirements of different fruits, pollination needs, common pests, and much more. Then we will move outside to explore these same concepts through multiple hands-on activities.
Registration is required: http://bpt.me/523163
Volunteer Work Parties with a goal of planting 2500 - 3000 more plants.
Looking for an energetic, exciting group to join this year? Become a Columbia Springs Volunteer Lead! Volunteer Leads receive training, enrichment activities, and special recognition in exchange for 20 hours of service to Columbia Springs during the year. Leads help with community outreach efforts, volunteer events, and community events at Columbia Springs. Lunch and snacks are provided. To sign up, fill out our online Volunteer Application. For more information, visit our website at www.columbiasprings.org.
Help us restore our watershed by removing invasive garlic mustard! Equipment and light refreshments are provided. You will want to bring work and weather appropriate attire, gloves, and a reusable mug. Pre-registration is required.
Humans and Clothing: How comfortable are we? Learn about clothing over time and technologies and how we will go to the next level in how we live within climates. Woody Blackford, Vice President of Innovation and Design at Columbia Sportswear.
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! This month explore the Wonders of Water. World Water Day 2014 is celebrating Water Energy. For March's Second Saturday event, explore interesting ways water can be energizing. Families will enjoy fun, interactive activities while learning all about water.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening. More info at http://mshinstitute.org/index.php/programs/volcano_views_and_brews
Doors open at 5, speaker starts at 6:30.
Location: Loowit Brewing in VancouverContact: email@example.com
Since 2011, the Oregon Wildlife Institute and its partners have been taking actions to conserve a small colony of martins on OSU’s Dunn Forest. This colony is one of very few in North America where martins continue to use snags for nesting. In the short-term, we are providing starling-resistant nesting structures to maintain the colony. Once the colony is secure, we expect martins returning in the spring to nest in snags retained on harvest units in the forest. Results of our efforts and future plans will be described in this presentation.
Dr. Doug Wilson, "The River and the Company: How the Fur Trade affected the waterways in and around the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge"
Have fun and help out at Columbia Springs! We will work on several projects around our site and end with a fun activity. Projects may include gardening, painting, trail maintenance, and more. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome! Children under 14 are welcome with parent or guardian supervision and teens under 16 with parent or guardian permission. Snacks and tools provided. Please bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, a water bottle, and your enthusiasm for helping the community!
Observe World Water Day with a 'Walk for Water' at the Water Resources Education Center. With this family friendly walk, the Water Center hopes to raise awareness of the need for drinkable water in other parts of the world. Southwest Washington is fortunate to have a healthy supply of good, clean water. How would your family manage if you had to carry water for your home use? Join us to learn more about World Water Day.
March film: Arise http://www.arisethemovie.com/
Free Admission and Pizza.
The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
The Master Gardener Foundation holds monthly educational meetings, the first Tuesday of each month, except January, July and August. March Program: Fruit Trees 101 - 10 Things to Know When You Grow. Guest speaker is Monica Maggio, Gruit Growing Expert from Core Home Fruit.
Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all!
Visit the Vancouver Downtown Association's website for more information and a downtown art gallery list and walking map.
A great opportunity to get out and see the spectacular June Lake! Bring a pal and be led on a delightful snowshoe to June Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest. This loop snowshoe of about 7 miles with a gentle elevation is a great way to get some exercise during the winter months!
Informational email will be sent to registered participants on Wednesday, March 5th.
Price of $30 does not include equipment or Sno-Park passes which can be purchased in numerous locations . Snowshoe rental is available for $15/pair. Click here for snowshoe rental.
Erin Dengerink speaks on public art that functions as a gathering place; a commons, and how those artworks can be healing spaces. Several earthworks artworks work to clean polluted land or water while also providing a place for the community to walk, play and interact with each other and the landscape. Dengerink's talk will briefly cover the history of the earthworks art movement and ideas of the sublime, while illustrating how important sublime interactions with the landscape can be to a community.
Women in Agriculture Conference (WAI) is for women at all levels of agriculture. Whether you have been farming for years or are just starting out, or whether your operation is large or small, WAI has something for you. This one-day, three-state gathering takes place simultaneously in 28 locations throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and features knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, and practical advice on how to improve your farm management skills.
Managing change is a big part of the farming business. It doesn’t matter if you are growing wheat, raising livestock, managing a CSA, or producing fruits & vegetables—change happens! It could offer opportunities to expand, hire new employees, quit your day job to farm full time, start a family, raise grandchildren, transition into or out of organic, bring family members into the operation, develop new marketing methods, and the list goes on and on.
This year’s keynote speaker, Heather Darby, knows about change. The proprietor of the Darby Farm in Vermont will share her experience with managing change on the 200-year-old family farm. Her talk will be streamed to all conference locations.
Following the keynote, individual locations will feature local women producers who will share their experiences with change. There will also be a session on how to use the SWOT Analysis decision-making tool to look at key financial considerations for taking on a new capital expense. Come prepared to network with many women who are making a difference in agriculture and food production.
The learning and networking opportunities will be great!
*Registration is due March 1st!
The Master Gardener Foundation holds monthly educational meetings, the first Tuesday of each month, except January, July and August.
This state conference with oodles of great recycling information and education (not to mention fun) is returning to Vancouver this year on May 4 - 7. For details and to see the conference schedule, go to WSRA 2014 Conference.
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New quizzes: Test your knowledge about recycling! Is your car efficient? What's the deal with energy efficient lightbulbs? Earn Green Neighbor Points when you take a new quiz!
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