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Sense of Place Classes
2001


LOOKING AT THE RIVERS
Early Paintings of the Inland Northwest 1845-1860

Instructor: Jack Nisbet, Author
Jack Nisbet, author of Sources of the River, will lead us in a look at watercolors of the Kootenai, Pend Oreille, and Spokane Rivers. The artist include British Army officer Henry James Warre, who passed through our region in 1845-46, Canadian artist Paul Kane (1846-47), and U.S. Boundary artist James Madison Alden (1858-62). Particular attention will be paid to the look of the local andscape and the cultural details of the people who lived here.

HAWKS AND OWLS of Pend Oreille County

Instructor: Howard Ferguson, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Birds of prey work both the day shift and night shift in our woods and clearings. Howard will explain how to identify these creatures by sight and sound. You will learn fascinating facts about their lives, and find out how to manage you property to enlist the help of these natural exterminators.

Language of the Kalispels
Focusing on Pend Oreille County Wildlife

Instructor: Deane Osterman Diector, Kalispel Natural Resources Department
The Kalispel language is spoken by members of the Spokane, Kalispel and Flathead tribes. The sounds of the language and its morphology (how words are constructed) are very different from English. Trace the history and learn about the sound system of this remarkable language with anthropologist Deane Osterman.

UNDERSTANDING OUR WOODS
Forest Associations, Wildflowers, & Fire Ecology in Pend Oreille County

Instructor: Steve Rawlings Forest Fuels Specialist, Colville National Forest
Find out how elevation, aspect, slope, moisture regimes and fire help determine the forest cover on lands surrounding you. The class includes a slide show introduction to the major forest associations found in Pend Oreille County, and the wildflowers and understory vegetation affiliated with them. Leave with a list of clues to help you detect the history, and probable future trends of any particular forest stand. Whether you own forested property or not, this class will provide fascinating insights into our local forest ecology.

Traditional Kalispel Beading

Instructors: Corrie Nenema, Wilma Cullooyah, JR Bluff, Wendy Ostlie
Glass beads brought by the early fur traders led to an art tradition that is very much alive and thriving in the Kalispel culture today. Wilma Cullooyah, JR Bluff, and Wendy Ostlie will talk about pow wows, how beading and other materials are used in pow wow traditional clothing, and bring examples of ceremonial regalia. Corrie and Wilma will lead class participants in making a keychain using “peyote stitch” technique. All materials provided.

INTRIGUE, DECEPTION, & MURDER
Getting the Goose on Dabblers and Divers

Instructor: Janean Creighton, Wildlife Coordinator, WSU Cooperative Extension
Learn about the fascinating world of our Inland Northwest ducks, swans, and geese. These birds exhibit a wide array of survival strategies, some of which may surprise you. This presentation will introduce you to some of nature’s most interesting behavioral adaptations; you’ll never look at Donald quite the same way again. Also, we’ll go into the field for some duck identification training, so dress appropriately.

LANDSCAPING FOR FIRE PREVENTION

Instructors: Peter Griessmann • WSU Cooperative Extension Forester; Bill Wilburn • Consulting Forester

Fire is a natural force shaping Pend Oreille forests, but it can destroy homes built in wooded settings.
Find out how to plan landscaping in your backyard and beyond to minimize fire damage.

Geology of North Pend Oreille County

Instructors: Drs. Eugene Kiver, Dale Stradling & Ted Doughty, EWU
A one-day exploration of the geologic development of North Pend Oreille County including its history of mountain building, mining, glaciation, and the formation of Gardner Cave. A short classroom session is followed by a day in the field.

Kalispel Basketry

Instructors: Wendy Yellowjohn Ostlie, Corrie Nenema, Ray Entz • KNRD
Baskets were the traditional container of choice for gathering and storage. Learn to identify some of the wetland plants native peoples used as raw materials and practice the construction techniques that elevated these useful household items into an art form. The class includes a hands-on basket-making session. All materials provided.

KALISPEL DANCING, DRUMMING, AND SINGING

Instructors: The Frog Island Singers
The Kalispel Tribe's Frog Island Singers will lead this informative and enjoyable summer evening session at the Newport City Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket and learn out about dancing styles, powwow competitions, and Kalispel musical traditions. Co-sponsored by CREATE.

Pend Oreille stream ecology

The clear waters of Pend Oreille creeks and rivers hide a profusion of strange and interesting creatures. Following a short classroom introduction to stream ecology, participants will wade in a local stream to collect
and identify aquatic insects and animals. Bring waders or old sneakers.

TRADITIONAL KALISPEL FOODS

Instructors: Corrie Nenema & Deane Osterman • Kalispel Natural Resource Departmennt
Alice Ignace • Kalispel Tribal Elder
KNRD Summer Crew Plants and animals of the Pend Oreille River Valley fed the Kalispel people for thousands of years. Find out about traditional techniques for harvesting, cooking and preserving these foods and enjoy a lunch of chili and fry-bread--a modern tradition. The class includes a demonstration of digging and baking camas root in a rock oven and a chance to taste roasted camas and "Indian licorice". Pre-register by July 29 for lunch count.

PEND OREILLE RIVER BASS CLASS

Instructors: Joe Maroney, David Nenema • Kalispel Natural Resources Department
Does the Pend Oreille River have potential as a world-class largemouth bass fishery? Learn the tricks for catching the lunkers from experienced bass fishermen and find out about bass biology and fishery enhancement projects from KNRD biologists. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic and tour of the bass hatchery at the Flying Goose Ranch.

2002

PEND OREILLE FORESTS
Diagnosing Tree Problems

InstructorS: Teresa Catlin, Ecologist; Lynn Kaney, Silviculturist, Newport Ranger District, Colville National Forest
This WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Basic training class introduces the pests and tree diseases that have a role to play in our forest. Find out what conditions might lead to outbreaks and what (if anything) to do about problems that appear in your woods. (Pesticide credits applied for) Free to 4-H and Master Gardeners.

LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE

Instructor: Howard Ferguson • Urban Wildlife Biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Want more wildlife in your backyard--but not eating your garden? More birds at your feeder; maybe even some hawks? How can you do this? The principles of managing your property for wildlife are the same whether your "backyard" is a small lot or 80 acres! Come and learn these tricks and see some of the creatures that might be visiting you in the future. Free to 4-H and Master Gardeners

Historical Highlights of Pend Oreille County

Instructor: Faith McClenny • Volunteer Researcher, Pend Oreille County Historical Museum
Pioneer settlement of this area occurred recently, relative to most other parts of the country. Travel back to the colorful time of trappers, miners, loggers, steamboats, and railroads via slides and artifacts from our own historical museum.

Tacoma-Trimble Snowshoe Trek

Instructor: Ray Entz • Kalispel Natural Resources Department
The Tacoma-Trimble Wildlife Management Area spans approximately 2,000 acres and several ownerships. Ray will lead a hike (or snowshoe trek, depending on conditions) to explore some of the habitat projects underway here and look for winter wildlife en route. Call 447-2401 to pre-register and to find out about snowshoe availability. Meet at management area parking just east of Hwy 20 about 1/2 mile north of Tacoma Creek Road (about 6 miles north of Cusick). Bring a sack lunch.

PEND OREILLE WETLANDS

Instructor: Ray Entz • Kalispel Natural Resources Department
Our wetlands come in many flavors--Ray will introduce us to the different wetland habitats found in Pend Oreille County, and the roles they play in watershed ecosystems. Find out about the lives of the creatures of the bog, and some management strategies and opportunities to enhance or restore these fascinating habitats.

Bats of Northeast Washington

Instructors: Howard Ferguson, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
These creatures of the night play an essential role in reducing harmful insect populations, but generally go unnoticed--until they try sharing our living quarters! Learn about local populations, how to attract them to your property, and get an update on Howard's latest bat research.

PEND OREILLE BASS CLASS

Instructor: Drs. Eugene Kiver and Dale Stradling, Eastern Washington University
Glaciers, ice dams and catastrophic floods kept things hopping in this corner of the world 12 to 20 thousand years ago. Find out how these events shaped our local landscape and about the detection work behind this dramatic geological story.

The Ice Age in Pend Oreille County

I Instructor: Drs. Eugene Kiver and Dale Stradling, Eastern Washington University
Glaciers, ice dams and catastrophic floods kept things hopping in this corner of the world 12 to 20 thousand years ago. Find out how these events shaped our local landscape and about the detection work behind this dramatic geological story.

THE JOURNEY OF HENRY JAMES WARRE

Instructor: Jack Nisbet • Author
Lt. Henry James Warre was a British Army officer assigned to gather information about the Pacific Northwest, in anticipation of the International Boundary Settlement of 1846. His written journal records encounters with several important players in the fur trade and mission culture of the Columbia District; his sketches and watercolors provide the earliest clear images of Inland Northwest landscape and geography. Join author Jack Nisbet for an evening of history and art at The CREATE Place.

WEED AND BIOCONTROLS

Instructors: Jan Rice, Sharon Sorby • Pend Oreille County Weed Board
Learn to identify some of our noxious invaders (bring your mystery weeds to the class!) and find out how biological controls fit into a weed management program. We’ll carpool for a short field session in the early part of the evening, then return to the community center for a slide presentation.

PEND OREILLE BUTTERFLIES

Join us in exploring the world of Pend Oreille butterflies and what they tell us about the plant landscape. First, a short classroom session at the community center will focus on the biology and identification of butterflies, and attracting them to your yard and garden. Then we will head to the field for a look around—bring a sack lunch, and butterfly nets, binoculars and field guides if you have them.

Forest Landowners Stewardship Course

This includes all course workbooks, worksheets, handouts, and evening refreshments.
Pre-registration required by August 15.
Instructor: Peter Griessmann • WSU Extension Forester
This six-session course leads forest landowners through the basics of developing a forest stewardship plan—from setting goals to finding the right tools and assistance to successfully reach them. Find out specifics about your forest soils, insects and disease management, fire resiliency, improving wildlife habitat, silvicultural techniques, timber measurement and harvest, and record-keeping. Land owners completing the class will have a nearly completed forest management plan for their property.

2003

Eurasian Milfoil Workshop

Identification and management update

How are aquatic seeds afffecting the environment? What tools and techniques are available for individual landowners to mange aquatic weeds along their shoreline? And what is currently happening with the Pend Oreille river Eurasian milfoil contol program? This evening workshop will provide an update for anyone concerned with aquatic weed impacts in our local lakes and rivers.

Winter Birds of Pend Oreille County

Instructors: Janean Creighton, WSU Extension Wildlife Coordinator

Now that the 'snowbirds' are down south, who still lives here? Find out about our winter resident birds: How they survive winter's cold and snow, how to ID them and attract them to your feeders, and how to provide for their habitat needs on your property. This class will be a great refresher for anyone planning to participate in the first annual Pend Oreille Christmas Bird Count. Bring binoculars along for a little indoor ID practice.

ANIMAL TRACKS --STORIES IN THE SNOW

Instructors: Steve Zender, Howard Ferguson: Wa Dept of Fish and Wildlife
John Stuart, Bill Fouts (field trip)

Snow tracking is the best way to see Pend Oreille County's elusive winter wildlife. Find out how to identify tracks from moose to mouse, and decipher the stories written there. At this evening class, we will arrange a follow-up field trip led by local trackers to practice our detective skills.

Landscaping with Nature

Use native plants in your lnadscape to create a natural look, save time and money, and conserve water. Tonie Fitzgerald, author of many gardening books including "Landscaping with Native Plants in the Pacific Northwest" will discuss strategies and techniques, and introduce native plants that work especially well in home landscapes.

Plant Identification Hike

Bring your wildflower guides and see what is blooming in May. From delicate fairyslippers to exuberant Oregon grape bushes...Spring has sprung.

The Archaeology of Priest Lake

Our "Sense of Place" shoudl not be confined by political boundaries.Kalispel Indian lands included more territory in Idaho and Montana than in Washington, but archeological research in those states is just starting. Find our more about these efforts at this class, offered as part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. (Individuals are encouraged to bring in Priest Lake artifact collections, map locations, etc. Archaeologists and Bonner County Historical Society Museum members willb e available to photograph collections, identify artifacts, and exchange information.

Birdwatching 101

Instructor: Howard Ferguson, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Attend this evening class to discover the basics about bird identification and behavior, including using binoculars and field guides more effectively, and birding by ear..

Managing and Marketing your Timber Sale

Instructor: Peter Griessman, WSU Extension Forester

If there is a timber sale in your future, don't miss this course. In topdya's uncertain and volatile forest products mmarket, a landowner must be informed and ready. 2 ALP credits available.

Early Day Logging in Pend Oreille County

Instructos: Bill Piper, faith McClenny, Pend Oreille Historical Museum

Diamond, City, logging horses, railroads, fluimes, big wheels...Learn about the places, machinery, and people drawn here by the big timber of yesteryear.

West Nile Virus Forum

Instructors: Dr. Jeremy Lewis, Family Medicine Newport; Tri-County Health District staff; Carol Mack , WSU Extension

West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999 on the east coast. This mosquito-borne disease spread rapidly across the country carried by migrating birds, and was detected in a Pend Oreille County raven last fall. Attend this community forum to find out more about this disease and preventative measures.

2004

ANIMAL TRACKS --STORIES IN THE SNOW

Instructors: Steve Zender, Howard Ferguson: Wa Dept of Fish and Wildlife
John Stuart, Bill Fouts (field trip)

Snow tracking is the best way to see Pend Oreille County's elusive winter wildlife. Find out how to identify tracks from moose to mouse, and decipher the stories written there. At this evening class, we will arrange a follow-up field trip led by local trackers to practice our detective skills.

Language of the Kalispels

Instructor: Deanne Osterman, KNRD

The Kalispel language is spoken by members of the Spokane, Kalispel and Flathead tribes. The sounds of the language and its morphology (how words are constructed) are very different from English. Trace the history and learn about the sound system of this remarkable language.

THROUGH KOOTENAI AND SALISH EYES
David Thompson and the Tribes of the Plateau Culture, 1807-12

Instructor, Jack Nisbet

All of David Thompson's experiences in the Columbia River drainage--from his diet to the sequence of his movements--were directed by the native people who introduced him to their landscape. The nmaed individuals who acted as Thompson's hunters, envoys, translators, messengers, and companions provide a record of his confused, gradually growing, but never close to complete awareness of the tribal cultures that he encountered.

NAVIGATING BY THE STARS -- OR BY THE SATELLITES

Instructors: Ron Provinsal, Land Surveyor Association; Brett Joachim, Teacher Sadie Halstead middle School

David Thompson mapped the Pend Oreille River (and much of Canada and the Northwest) with amazing accuracy. He used the stars, simple instuments, and complicated mathematics to "fix" locations. Ron Provinsal will describe the survey methods used by this great geographer. Brett Joachim will bring us two centuries forward with an introduction to GPS, navigating by use of an inexpensive hand-held unit --and a satellite system. The class will conclude with a discussion of "geocaching" anhd the possibility of forming a group to "Geocache along the David Thompson Trail."

Life of the Fur Traders

Instructors: Mark Weadick, Bob and Peg Twyman

Members of the "David Thompson Party" with tools, equipment and clothing of the early 1800's, will talk about the day-to-day life of the fur trader people, and the economics that drove the exploration of our region. You will experience the sights and sounds of the era. Don't miss this colorful evening of living history.

UPRIVER!! (and the DownRiver!! Kids)

Instructors: Ruth Watkins, Tri-State Water Council

Travel the Pend Oreille River upstream without ever leaving your chair in this slideshow tour--it will inspiore vacation plans to explore our watershed. The Council pioneered a threestate effort to protect the water that ends up in our county. Ruth presents a lively and informed discussion of current and historical conditions of the upriver landscape. As an added bonus, the CREATE ArtScape youth will start the evening with a sneak preview of songs and dance from DownRiver!! the David Thompson musical which premieres next July.

FROGS and other cool creatures of the Wetlands

Instructors: Mark Weadick, Bob and Peg Twyman

Pend Oreille county has several different types of wetlands, each supporting a variety of remarkable wildlife. Find out about these wetlands--where to go to see examples of each, and how to protect or enhance these habitats on your property. The class will include life styles and identification of Pend Oreille amphibians and other wetland inhabitants. We will plan a follow-up field trip to the frog pond in Newport

Pend Oreille Butterflies

Instructor: Carol Mack, WSU Extension

Butterflies have co-evolved with specific host plants over time in an ever-changing dance of chemical interactions. Learn how these insects depend on our local fauna, how to identify our butterflies, and how to attract them to your landscape or garden.

2005


Basics of Digital Photography

Instructor: David Winkler, WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension

The world of photography, or imaging if you prefer, is changing faster than any of us can keep up. It’s a revolution! But no need to be frightened of it. Learn how to use that digital camera you got for Christmas and produce blue-ribbon “Sense of Place” pictures. It’s simpler than you think!

Introduction to Fleece and Fiber Arts

The ancient arts of working with fleece and fiber are very much alive in Pend Oreille County. Join the ladies of CREATE FibreArts for an evening of spinning "how-to's" and discussion of local resources and opportunities, including how to participate in the County Fair. Try your hand at carding, spinning, and other skills. Bring a potato and pencil with you, and go home with a working drop spindle--and the beginning of a productive (and addictive!) hobby.

A Passion for Plants: Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition


Thursday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: CREATE Place, 900 W. 4th, Newport
Registration: $5

The ancient arts of working with fleece and fiber are very much alive in Pend Oreille County. Join the ladies of CREATE FibreArts for an evening of spinning "how-to's" and discussion of local resources and opportunities, including how to participate in the County Fair. Try your hand at carding, spinning, and other skills. Bring a potato and pencil with you, and go home with a working drop spindle--and the beginning of a productive (and addictive!) hobby.

Wildlife on the Lewis and Clark Trail: Then and Now


Instructor: Howard Ferguson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife

From Great Falls to Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery encountered and described a wonderful variety of wildlife. This multi-media presentation will examine the species descriptions and changes in conditions and populations across Montana, Idaho and Washington.

All About Knapweed!

Instructors: Pend Oreille County Weed Board Staff

It's everywhere, it seems! Find out why, and what you can do to manage this weed on your property. And get a 'heads-up' on some new weeds that have similar potential for invasiveness.

Have You Seen a Moonwort Lately? Rare Plants of Pend Oreille County

Instructor: Kathy Ahlenslager, Colville National Forest Botanist

Get a close look at rare plants and learn where to find them. Pressed specimens and photos will guide us through a survey of 36 plants rare to Washington, which grow in the northeastern corner of the state. Come hear the stories of moonworts, orchids, sedges, clubmosses, adder’s tongues, blue-eyed grasses and violets.

Biological Control of Weeds

Instructors: Jan Rice, Loretta Nichols & Sharon Sorby

Some of our more common noxious weeds are food for some very specific insects. Although using insects wont'’ eliminate all of your weeds, this is a potential weed management too for those who would rather not use chemicals or it can be combined with other tools in an integrated weed management plan. Come learn some basics about how biocontrol works, which insects are available for which weeds and sign up to receive your FREE biocontrol agents next summer.


Indian Meadows / Indian Hemp

Instructor: Jack Nisbet

In September of 1809, North West Company fur agent David Thompson met up with an encampment of Indian tribes at a lush meadow area just west of where the Clark Fork River joins POend Oreille Lake. Author and historian Jack Nisbet will talk about the use of this area as a late summer campsite over the years, the significance of the fiber resource gathered here, and of Thompson's encounters with the Kalispel people.

Wildlife on the Lewis and Clark Trail: Then and Now

Instructor: Instructor: Howard Ferguson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife

From Great Falls to Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery encountered and described a wonderful variety of wildlife. This multi-media presentation will examine the species descriptions and changes in conditions and populations across Montana, Idaho and Washington. (Rescheduled from February 24.)

Botany in Five Weeks

Instructors: Carol Mack (WSU Extension) and Wilma Cullooyah (Kalispel Tribe)

Join instructors Carol Mack (WSU Extension) and Wilma Cullooyah (Kalispel Tribe) for a 5-session course (in classroom and field) exploring traditional and medicinal uses of plants and identification emphasizing plant family characteristics. Our text for the class will be "Botany in a Day—an Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families." Pre-registration is required and class size will be limited to 15, so register early by calling 447-2401. Please let us know whether we need to order the textbook for you ($22.50) when you pre-register.

Pasture Management for Pend Oreille County

Instructors: Joel Fields, Wilber-Ellis Company; Carol Mack, WSU Extension; Mark Simpson, NRCS; Teresa Catlin, USFS, Pend Oreille County Weed Board Staff; Panel of local graziers.


Part I of this class will be about how to bring a pasture to prime condition including renovation and new plantings, weed management, and forage recommendations for Northeast Washington. Part II will be how to keep it in that prime condition including grazing strategies, fertilization, irrigated or dryland management, continuing weeds, pasture evaluation and carrying capacity determinations. Pesticide license recertification credits applied for.

PEND OREILLE PARK BIRD HIKE

Thursday Afternoon, June 23, 7am, free

Birder John Stuart will lead this morning walk to listen and look at the breeding season birds at Pend Oreille County Park. Meet at the park gate (on Hwy 2, near the Spokane County line) prepared for hiking. Free. For information, call 447-2401.

FAMILY STREAM DAY

Wednesday, July 13, 10:00am-2:00pm, free

Bring the kids and a picnic lunch and join staff from WSU Extension, KNRD, and Pend Oreille Conservation District in an exploration of the aquatic life of a creek. We will also look at the butterflies, birds and plants in the meadow surrounding it, and do some litter pick up in the area. Meet at the site on Indian Creek. Travel approximately 7 miles northwest from Newport on LeClerc Rd to Indian Creek Rd, then about one mile to Geophysical Observatory Road and follow signs to site. Bring sunscreen, lunch, old shoes for wading, field guides and insect nets if you have them.
Free, but phone 447-2401 to pre-register and to reserve handouts.

Other events of Interest

FARM FORESTRY TOUR

Saturday, June 18

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association has it s annual tour planned for Saturday, June 18. This field session will look at forestland management practices on several small private ownerships north of Deer Valley Road in the Sacheen Lake area. This tour is open to the public. For information, contact Sheldon Magnuson, 509 292-0866.

BIG MEADOW LAKE FISHING DAY

Saturday, June 18

Activities focusing on fish and fun await kids under 16 years of age. Casting and fishing contests are some of the events that begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at noon. To get to Big Meadow Lake from Ione take County Route 2695 west to Big Meadow Lake. For more information call the Sullivan Lake Ranger Station at 509 446-7500.

ABERCROMBIE MOUNTAIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION HIKE

Friday, July 1

Celebrate the centennial of the US Forest Service with a view from the top. Climb 3,218 feet in 3 miles to the highest point in Stevens County (7,308 foot high Abercrombie Mountain) with botanist Kathy Ahlenslager and wildlife biologist Chris Loggers. The trail switch-backs under a mixed evergreen forest, then breaks out onto a ridge of beargrass with panoramic views of the Pend Oreille and Columbia River valleys and the Kettle Crest. Bring water, lunch, rain-gear and high clearance vehicles. For this 6.5 mile round-trip hike, meet at the parking lot on the east side of the Colville National Forest headquarters in Colville, 765 S. Main, at 8 a.m. to carpool to the end of Forest Service Road #300 or meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead on the west side of the mountain. Trail Difficulty Rating = Most Difficult.
To register call 509 684-7178.

MUSHROOMING IN NE WASHINGTON

Saturday, October 1

Saturday session at Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls including field trip to collect mushrooms and follow-up ID back at Cutter. Class size limited, pre-registration required by calling 447-2401.
Instructor: Drew Parker

Fire and Water in Pend Oreille County

Tuesday, October 4

Planning and maintaining yourlandscaping and property to reduce wildfire risk to your home and protect our couty's water resources.
Instructors: Bill wilburn, FireSafe Spokane
Don Comins, Pend Oreille Conservation District

Internet for Gardeners, Fruit Tree Basics

Tuesday, October 11

Internet resources for master Gardeners, tree fruit varieties for Pend Oreille County, rootstock and growing systems, and problem diagnosis.
Instructors: David Winkler, Carol Mack, WSU/PO County Extension, John Stuart, orchardist

Pend Oreille Seasons and Critters

Tuesday, October 18

Worm composting, gardening in a challenging climate, vertebrate pest management.
Instructors: Carol Mack, WSU/Pend Oreille Extension; Pat McGinty, WSU/Pend Oreille Master Gardener.

Gardening and Nutrition, Plant Identification

Tuesday, October 25

Basics of nutrition education and the new food pyramid, Extension Food $ense nutrition and gardening programs, Using keys and other resources to identify plants.
Instructors: Carol Mack, Karen Dickson, WSu/Pend Oreille County Extension.

Plant Pathogens, Lawns 101*

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Diseases of plants caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses. Basics of establishing and maintaining grass lawns and diagnosing problems.
Instructors: Tonie Fitzgerald, Cinde Johnson, WSU/Spokane County Extension.

Entomology*

Tuesday, November 8

Insect anatomy, development, identification, and strategies for management.
Instructor: Carol Randall, IPNF Entomologist and Master Gardener.

Berry Crops

Tuesday, November 15

Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and others, Varieties, culture and problem diagnosis.
Instructor: Stan Urmann, Riley Creek Blueberries.

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Weeds and Herbicides*

Tuesday, November 22

Weed ID and biology, noxious weeds, integrated weed management, pesticide safety.
Instructor: Sharon Sorby, Pend Oreille County Weed Board Coordinator.

Woody Landscape Plants

Tuesday, November 29

Selecting and planting landscape trees and shrubs, pruning. Instructor: Dave Myers

Growing Vegetables

Tuesday, December 6

Soil considerations, varieties and strategies for successful organic vegetable gardening.
Instructor: Dave Swett, Yesterdays' Farm, Deer Park, Washington

Plant Problem Diagnosis*

Tuesday, January 10

Strategies and resources. Clinic procedures, recommending pesticides.
Instructors: Carol Mack and Pend Oreille Master Gardeners


2006

FOREST LANDOWNERS STEWARDSHIP COURSE

Thursdays, Feb. 16-Mar. 23

This six-session course leads forest landowners through the basics of developing a forest stewardship plan—from setting goals to finding the right tools and assistance to successfully reach them. Find out specifics about your forest soils, insects and disease management, fire resiliency, improving wildlife habitat, silvicultural techniques, timber measurement and harvest, and record-keeping. Land owners completing the class will have a nearly completed forest management plan
for their property. Call Emily Burt at 509 775-5235 for registration information, and to see if space is still available.

David Thompson’s Sense of Place

Thursday, February 21

David Thompson's Sense of Place, from London to the Pend Oreille Explorer David Thompson's early experiences, both growing up in London and learning the fur trade in far northern Canada, shaped the way he experienced the Pend Oreille landscape. Images of the great city and stories from the vast wilderness show why. Join us for an evening of surprising etchings, state-of-the-art gadgets, and tall tales.

Wolf Trail Plant Walks

Thursdays

Instructors: Carol Mack, Teresa Catlin, Bill Fouts, Terri Jayne Smith • WSU Master Gardeners

Join us at the Lower Wolf Trail trailhead on N. Warren Avenue at 12:05 p.m. every Thursday through July for a quick lunch hour hike around the trail loop. We watch for new wildflowers each week, test our memories on plant names, hone our ID skills, and have a great time escaping the office.

North Baldy Introductory Butterfly Field Trip

Thursday, July 6

Instructor: Carol Mack • WSU Extension
Learn to identify some of our Pend Oreille butterflies and see their associated host plants. We will car pool up to beautiful North Baldy for the day. Bring lunch, water, hiking boots, sunscreen. Also camera, net (for catch-and-release), binoculars, and field guides if you have them. Trip will be postponed if the sun isn’t shining!
Group size limited to 10—pre-registration required—call 447-2401.

Family Stream Day

Wednesday, July 12

Bring the kids and a picnic lunch and join staff from WSU Extension, KNRD and Pend Oreille Conservation District for an exploration of the aquatic life of a creek. We will also look at the butterflies, birds and plants in the meadow surrounding it, and do some litter pickup in the area. Meet at the site on Indian Creek. Travel approximately 7 miles northwest from Newport on LeClerc Rd to Indian Creek Rd, then about one mile to Geophysical Observatory Road and follow signs to site. Bring sunscreen, lunch, old shoes for wading, field guides and insect nets if you have them.

Milfoil Symposium

Saturday, July 22

Instructor: Sharon Sorby • WSU Extension
Waterfront property owners and others concerned about milfoil management—join us up north for this symposium offered by the Pend Oreille County Weed Board in cooperation with WSU/ Pend Oreille Extension. Speakers include Dr. Kurt Getsinger from the Army Corps of Engineers Waterway Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi—on the topic of Registration and Selective Use of Aquatic Herbicides; Jenifer Parsons, Aquatic Plant Specialist, WA Department of Ecology—Biological Control of Milfoil; Jill Winfield with Cygnet and Joel Fields with Wilbur-Ellis—Herbicide Management of Milfoil; Ken Merrill and Mike Maher, WA Department of Ecology—Benefits of Native Aquatic and Emergent Vegetation and Management Regulations, and Sharon Sorby, PO Weed Board—Landscaping in Waterfront Communities.  Pesticide re-certification credits will be available.

WiLD TEAS OF PEND OREILLE (at the County Fair)

Thursday, August 18

Instructor: Wilma Cullooyah • Kalispel Tribe Cultural Educator & Carol Mack • WSU/PO County Extension
Taste teas made from common wild plants and learn how to gather materials and prepare these beverages yourself. We will be holding our tea party under the awning near the Master Gardener Booth in Hupp Hall, at the 2006 Pend Oreille County Fair.


2007

WHITE-TAILED DEER/THE FORGOTTEN CORNER

Thursday, January 4

Instructors: Chris Loggers • Colville National Forest andDana Base •WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Enjoy an evening at the Cutter with these two experienced wildlife biologists. First is Chris Logger’s captivating presentation about the wildlife of Washington’s “Forgotten Corner,” followed by a cookie break, and then Dana Base’s slideshow on Management & Hunting of White-tailed Deer in Northeastern Washington.

GROWING HERBS...AND ACTUALLY USING THEM

Wednesday, January 17

Instructor: Sue Scobby• WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners
Which herbs can be grown successfully in Pend Oreille County, and how should a gardener go about it? And, once they are ready to harvest, what do you do? Get tips for nurturing, harvesting and using these fragrant and flavorful plants in the kitchen and other uses. Sue Scobby is owner of The Kitchen Shoppe in Newport, and grows and sells herbs at the Pend Oreille Valley Farmers Market as well.

PISMIRES OF PEND OREILLE

Wednesday, January 24

Instructor: Jack Nisbet
A look at some of the ants of our region, and some of the gardening techniques they use to manage their (and our) landscape. Come join Jack for entertaining insights into the strange world of these tiny creatures.
"the air temperate, birds singing, the pizmire, flies, beetles, in motion" -- (William Clark, celebrating spring downriver on the Columbia, April 1806.)

GROWING PLANTS FROM SEEDS AND CUTTINGS

Wednesday, January 31

Instructors: Dixie Chichester, Jean Wakely, and Nancy Willoughby • WSU/PO County Master Gardeners Two classes for the price of one. Jean and Dixie discuss growing plants from seeds—what is needed for fast and vigorous germination, and for sturdy transplants. Nancy will demonstrate how to take healthy cuttings from house- plants and perennials to grow for ourselves, our friends—and for donation to the Master Gardener Plant Sale! All supplies, and some cuttings provided. Bring clean, healthy houseplants to cut, if you want. Be prepared to take home fresh cuttings, and a quartet of freshly planted soil blocks.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY TREES? (answers to FAQs)

Tuesday, February 7

Instructor: Theresa Catlin • Ecologist and Forester
Why does my cedar turn that funny color? All the needles have turned red in the middle of my pine tree's branches...and now they're falling off--is it going to die?? If bark beetles kill my tree, will they spread to my neighbors? What should I do? This class will give you an introduction to the most common problems seen in local forests (NOT yard landscaping), and some suggestions on how to keep your trees healthy.

RAISING CHICKENS IN PEND OREILLE COUNTY

Tuesday, February 7

Instructors: Nancy Willoughby, Vicky Cahill •WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners
Pretty soon it'll be time to buy baby chicks at the feed store! Should you raise your own chickens for eggs or meat? It's easy and fun, and we'll show you how. We'll put together a chick brooder, provide plans for nesting boxes and coops, and talk about breeds, feeds, and winterizing, and the legalities of selling chickens and eggs.

“A WINTER DAY IN THE GARDEN” CONFERENCE

Monday, February 19

LOONS

Tuesday, February 27

Instructors: Ginger Gumm and Daniel Poleschook
Common loons are now found on only a few lakes in Northeast Washington. Ginger and Dan are photographers and naturalists leading an effort to protect these wonderful birds. Join themfor a beautiful digital presentation about common loon behavior, vocalizations, conservation efforts, mercury and lead contaminants, mortality and predation issues.

RAIN GARDENS

Tuesday, March 13

Instructors: Carol Mack • WSU/PO County Extension & Andrew Someone • PO Conservation District
Rain Gardens are an infiltration technique - water is captured in a garden that features native plantings, and the water has a chance to slowly filter into the ground rather than run off into the storm sewer, stream or lake. Find out how to construct a rain garden on your property, which plants thrive in these spots, and how individual homes and businesses can help protect water quality through rain gardening.

A GUIDE TO PLANNING AND PURCHASING A GREENHOUSE

Tuesday, March 20

7-9pm • The Create Place, 900 W. 4th, Newport • $5
Instructor: Dixie Chichester • WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners
Is a greenhouse in your future? Save time, money and frustration by proper planning. Learn what style, size and materials are just right for your needs. Find out about necessary equipment and supplies and where they can be purchased. Locating a greenhouse and other tips for success will also be discussed.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COACHED PLANNING

Thurdays Feb. 8- Mar. 22

Join over 1000 Washington families who have completed this seven-session course which leads forest land- owners through the basics of developing a forest stewardship plan. Weekly topics include forest health, wildlife habitat, legal issues, soils, inventory techniques, wildfire planning and many more. You will receive a free map of your ownership, consultation with a DNR Forest Stewardship Forester, and a comprehensive Forest Stewardship Notebook ($55 value) and handouts. Contact Emily Burt at 509-775-5235 or email emburt@wsu.edu for information. To register, call 509-684-2588.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COACHED PLANNING
(for “Absentee Landowners”)

This course is similar to the one above, but intended for owners of land in eastern Washington who reside in the Puget Sound area. Whether you own 3, 30, or 300 acres of forest, this hands-on, practical approach will help you identify problems and develop solutions that meet your individual goals. This special session will focus on eastern Washington forest ecosystems. Contact Andy Perleberg at (509) 667-6658 or email andyp@wsu.edu for information.

FAMILY STREAM DAY

Wednesday, July 18
10am-2pm • Free

Bring the kids and a picnic lunch and join staff from WSU Extension, KNRD and Sandie Durand of Cascara Consulting for an exploration of the aquatic life of a creek. We will also look at the butterflies, birds and plants in the meadow surrounding it, and do some litter pickup in the area. Meet at the site on Indian Creek. Travel approximately 7 miles northwest from Newport on LeClerc Rd to Indian Creek Rd, then about one mile to Geophysical Observatory Road and follow signs to site. Bring sunscreen, lunch, old shoes for wading, field guides and insect nets if you have them. Free, but phone 447-2401 to pre-register and to reserve handouts.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAND:
Transition Planning for Family Forest Landowners

Tuesday, October 30 • 6-9pm• Cusick School, 305 Monumental Way, Cusick, WA
Monday, November 12 • 6-9pm• Spokane County Extension Office, 222 N. Havana, Spokane WA

Registration: $40 per family (Pre-registration required, call 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information)
Instructors: Janean Creighton •WSU Extension; Britton Pettit •SVA 7 Forester; Judy Wells •Estate Tax Examiner
Do you own and care for forestland? This workshop is intended to help family forest landowners keep the forest
intact as one generation passes the legacy on to the next. Participants will receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and
accompanying DVD.

LEAVING A LEGACY THROUGH CONSERVATION EASEMENTS:
A Workshop for Family Forest Landowners

Tuesday, Nov. 13 • 7-9pm • Spokane County Extension Office, 222 N. Havana, Spokane, WA

Registration: $10 (Pre-registration required, call 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information)
Instructor: Chris DeForest • Executive Director, Inland Northwest Land Trust.
Learn about some of the legal tools for maintaining your forestland for future generations. Conservation easements
provide protection for the unique ecological values of the land regardless of who owns the property in the future.

PEND OREILLE RAIN GARDENS—KICK-OFF EVENTS

Wednesday, November 28 • 6:30-8:30pm• Cutter Theatre, 302 Park Avenue, Metaline Falls, WA
Thursday, November 29 • 6:30-8:30pm• UCC Church, 3rd & Spokane, Newport, WA

Registration: $5 per husehold (Pre-register to receive information packet at 509 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu)
Instructors: Carol Mack •WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension; Kathleen Werr •Pend Oreille Conservation District
Learn how to capture precipitation that would otherwise run into the storm sewer or ditch, and use it to grow a
beautiful rain garden in your yard that attracts wildlife and increases property value—and protects fish habitat and water
quality by filtering storm runoff. Find out how you can qualify for free rain garden plants and assistance through the new
Pend Oreille Rain Garden Challenge program sponsored by Pend Oreille Conservation District.

NORTH COUNTY PEND OREILLE GARDENER POTPOURRI

Saturday, Nov. 17 • 10 am to 2:00 pm • Cutter Theatre, 302 Park Avenue, Metaline Falls, WA • $10

Registration: $10; (Pre-registration requested, call 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu)
Instructors: WSU/PO County Master Gardeners
Find out how to start seeds, propagate plants, grow herbs, design garden rooms, and more in this Saturday session.
Local WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers share their areas of expertise in this fun, participatory program. Bring
a sack lunch and be prepared to talk gardening!

2008 NORTHEAST WASHINGTON COACHED PLANNING COURSES

Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Mar. 1 •Colville • 6:30-9:30pm
Thursdays, Jan. 24 to Mar. 2 •Deer Park • 6:30-9:30pm

This perennially popular seven-week course equips you with all the tools to write a Forest Stewardship Plan
designed around your individual objectives, and may qualify you for possible tax benefits and cost-share programs.
Sessions include managing fire risk, forest health, wildlife habitat, timber resources, mapping, soil, water and more. (Call
447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information. Pre-registration is required.)

FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAND:
Transition Planning for Family Forest Landowners

Tuesday, October 30 • 6-9pm• Cusick School, 305 Monumental Way, Cusick, WA
Monday, November 12 • 6-9pm• Spokane County Extension Office, 222 N. Havana, Spokane WA

Registration: $40 per family (Pre-registration required, call 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information)
Instructors: Janean Creighton •WSU Extension; Britton Pettit •SVA 7 Forester; Judy Wells •Estate Tax Examiner
Do you own and care for forestland? This workshop is intended to help family forest landowners keep the forest
intact as one generation passes the legacy on to the next. Participants will receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and
accompanying DVD.

2008

PEND OREILLE RAIN GARDENS

Wednesday, March 12 • 6:30-8:00pm • CREATE, 900 W. 4th, Newport
Thursday, March 13 • 6:30-8:00pm • Usk Community Center, 2442 Black Road, Usk

Build a rain garden to beautify your landscape, attract wildlife—and protect fish habitat by filtering storm runoff. Peggy Watts, Pend Oreille Conservation District, and Carol Mack, WSU Extension, will show you how, why, and what plants work best. Sign up for your free plants! (Class is free to all community volunteers.)

TREASURES OF THE KALISPEL CULTURE

Tuesday, March 18 • 6:30-8pm • Camas Wellness Center, 1821 N LeClerc Road, Usk

William Morley Manning was a young Canadian mining surveyor who came to the Inland Northwest around 1900 and over the next decade purchased a variety of important handmade articles from Kalispel men and women. In this powerpoint presentation, author Jack Nisbet will trace Manning’s strange journey from Toronto to the Cusick Fourth of July Fair, and tribal elder Francis Cullooyah will comment on some of the Kalispel artifacts that ended up as part of the core Plateau collection at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. Class is free with food bank donation.

BACKYARD PONDS - GARDENING IN WATER

Thursday, March 20 • 6:30-8:00pm • PUD Meeting Room, Newport

A small pond in your yard provides a cool oasis for you, and for birds and wildlife. WSU Master Gardener Phoenix Luby will share her expertise in planning, building and maintaining a small pond, including the beautiful plants that thrive there. Enter the new PUD meeting room by the door on Pine Street between Washington and Union Avenues.

GARDENS FOR BUTTERFLIES

Thursday, April 10 • 6:30-8:00pm • CREATE, 900 W. 4th, Newport

6:30-8:00pm • CREATE, 900 W. 4th, Newport
Invite these flying jewels to your landscape. Carol Mack, WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension, explains their habitat needs and presents a slideshow of local butterflies and the plants that they require.

2008 NORTHEAST WASHINGTON COACHED PLANNING COURSES

Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Mar. 1 •Colville • 6:30-9:30pm
Thursdays, Jan. 24 to Mar. 2 •Deer Park • 6:30-9:30pm

This perennially popular seven-week course equips you with all the tools to write a Forest Stewardship Plan
designed around your individual objectives, and may qualify you for possible tax benefits and cost-share programs.
Sessions include managing fire risk, forest health, wildlife habitat, timber resources, mapping, soil, water and more. (Call
447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information. Pre-registration is required.)

FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAND:
Transition Planning for Family Forest Landowners

Tuesday, October 30 • 6-9pm• Cusick School, 305 Monumental Way, Cusick, WA
Monday, November 12 • 6-9pm• Spokane County Extension Office, 222 N. Havana, Spokane WA

Registration: $40 per family (Pre-registration required, call 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information)
Instructors: Janean Creighton •WSU Extension; Britton Pettit •SVA 7 Forester; Judy Wells •Estate Tax Examiner
Do you own and care for forestland? This workshop is intended to help family forest landowners keep the forest
intact as one generation passes the legacy on to the next. Participants will receive a “Ties to the Land” workbook and
accompanying DVD.

Fall 2008

VENTENATA WEED MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, September 22, 9am – 12:30pm

Registration is $10 (includes lunch)—please pre-register by calling 509 447-2401

Ventenata dubia is an introduced annual grass that invades pastures and hayfields. This workshop explores biology and management strategies for developing effective Ventenata management.

Speakers include Bill Fountain, Cusick area rancher; Joe Yenish and Bob Parker, Washington State University Extension Weed Specialists; Tim Prather, University of Idaho Weed Specialist; Pamela Scheinost, Conservation Agronomist USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center; Joel Fields, Wilbur Ellis; and other herbicide company representatives. WA and ID pesticide license recertification credits available.

RAIN GARDENS AND WILDFIRE LANDSCAPES

Monday September 29, PUD Building Newport 6:30- 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 2, Ione Community Center 6:30- 8:30 pm

Monday , October 6, Usk Community Center 1:30 - 3:30 pm

FREE Please pre-register by calling 509 447-2401

Instructors: Carol Mack, WSU Extension; Peggy Watts, Pend Oreille Conservation District

Pend Oreille homeowners face a challenging climate where the hot, dry season follows close on the heels of the cool, wet season without much time in between. Find out how to build a rain garden to protect fish habitat and keep plants green with minimal water use. Then learn how to select fire resistant plants and plan a water-wise, wildlife-friendly landscape that will increase the chances of your house surviving a wildfire.

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD!

A series of four October evening classes exploring backyard food production. The instructors are local growers who share their dedication for gardening and their secrets for success.

All classes at the Usk Community Center, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Registration: $10 per class or $30 for entire series. Call 509 447-2401 to pre-register. (Free to

WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners and trainees.)

Berry Crops

Tuesday, October 7

Stan Urmann, Riley Creek Blueberries, Laclede, ID

Growing Organic Vegetables

Tuesday, October 14

Dave Swett, WSU Master Gardener, Yesterday’s Farm, Deer Park, WA

Tree Fruit

Tuesday, October 21

John Stuart, Fruit tree grower and propagator, Newport, WA

Extending Our Short Garden Season

Tuesday, October 28

Carol Mack, WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Agriculture Coordinator

2009

Tuesday, March 10 Grow Your Own Groceries--Salad Greens

6:30- 8:30 PUD Meeting Room, Newport • Registration $5
Instructors: Alicia Best, WSU Master Gardener, Carol Mack, WSU Extension
Lettuce, spinach, kale and other types of salad greens are some of the quickest and easiest crops to grow—if you get the timing right! Find out how to make these crops succeed in our growing climate, and treat yourself and your family to wonderful salads all year long.

Tuesday, March 24 Getting the Most Out of Your GPS

6 to 9 pm CREATE Arts Center, 900 W. 4th, Newport • Registration: $5
Instructor: Emily Burt, WSU Extension
As the cost of GPS (Global Positioning System) units goes down, you may be considering purchasing one. If you already did, you may only be using a small portion of its capabilities. Either way, this program can help by introducing the science underlying GPS, describing the wide range of tasks that can be accomplished, and discussing mapping programs and internet data sources. We’ll spend some time outside with a hand-on exercise—bring your GPS unit along! (Extra units will be available.)

Wednesday, March 25 THE WHOLE PLACE:
Tradition and Nutrition among Columbia Plateau tribes

6:00 - 8:00 pm Camas Wellness Center, 1981 N. LeClerc Road, Usk
Instructors: Jack Nisbet, Francis Cullooyah, Wilma Cullooyah • Registration: Free, with non-perishable food bank donation requested
Traditional tribal diets make up a huge subject, and this class offers a small beginning by looking at the nutritional contents of a variety of locally gathered foods. Starting with the USDA minimum daily requirements, we will work our way backwards to the elements of a healthy tribal diet as revealed in archaeological digs, elder knowledge, and the writings of early fur traders in the region.

Saturday, March 28 Weeds, Neighbors and Donuts

9:00am-12:30pm PUD Meeting Room, Newport • Registration $5
Pesticide license recertification credits available
Instructors: Sharon Sorby, Carol Mack, Jan Rice, Virgil Denny (Dow AgroSciences), Joel Fields (Wilbur-Ellis)
The Pend Oreille County Weed Board’s Neighborhood Cost Share Program provides assistance to landowners in controlling noxious weeds. Come learn how to identify your weeds and find out how the cost-share program works. The workshop will discuss a variety of management options and products, as well as how native insect populations are affected by introduced weeds--and by the way we manage them.

Apr. 30-May 28 Pend Oreille Plant Families: a Course in Plant ID

Thursday afternoons, 1:30-3:30pm
Instructor: Carol Mack, WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension • Registration: $30
Instead of approaching wildflower ID one plant at a time, this 5-week course will concentrate on recognizing patterns. We will taste, smell, and marvel our way through the plant kingdom with classroom sessions, field trips and homework assignments. The first class is Thursday, April 30 at the Create Arts Center, 900 W. 4th, Newport. Registration is $30, with pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 15.

Coached Forest Stewardship Planning Short Course

Tuesdays, October 13-December 1, 6-8:30 pm

Usk Community Center, 2442 Black Road, Usk, WA

Registration $95 (per ownership) Pre-registration required by September 28—call 509 447-2401 or email cmack@wsu.edu for registration information.

Have you wondered how to manage your forested areas against insects and disease? Would you like to know how to thin trees? Are you considering a forest harvest on your property? Whether you have three acres or 300, the more familiar you are with your forest, the better decisions you will make. Even the decision to “leave it alone” requires knowledge about your forest.

Coached Stewardship Planning is an 8-week course providing forest landowners the opportunity to work with a variety of natural resource professionals. The program includes presentations, activities, discussion, videos, a field trip, and other learning experiences.

In the process you will be coached on how to write a forest stewardship plan that provides a long-term framework to help manage your forest. The plan will also help you qualify for forestry property tax incentives, the Tree Farm program, and financial assistance for forest improvements such as tree planting, thinning, or fuels reduction.

Thanks to funding from the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department and Washington State Department of Natural Resources, we are able to offer this course at only $95 per ownership, which includes a large binder of materials valued at $55. Several scholarships are available.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning is conducted by WSU Extension in cooperation with the DNR Forest Stewardship Program, Conservation Districts, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, and consulting foresters.

CANNING FOR COUPLES – WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL THIS GARDEN STUFF?!

Usk Community Center, 2442 Black Road, Usk, WA

With the help of WSU Master Food Preservers Bonnie Wyrobek and Dorothea Hendershott, the Pend Oreille County Extension office will offer four free end-of-the-garden food preservation workshops in September. “The trend nowadays is that both members of a couple are becoming interested in food preservation, given the serious food issues today, so we thought we’d put a little spin on our classes by inviting couples. Of course, individuals are also heartily invited,” commented Janet Lambarth, county Extension Director. Classes will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Cusick area. Times are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

September 15 – Jams, jellies, and pie fillings.

September 17 – Pressure canning low acid foods, including fish and meats; understanding pressure canners.

September 22 – Salsa and other tomato products; pickling great things

September 24 – Questions and answers; troubleshooting; freezing and dehydrating.

Reservations are required by calling the county Extension office at 509-447-2401 or e-mailing lhemphill@wsu.edu. Some classes will involve demonstrations and taste-testing. Guest Master Food Preservers from Pend Oreille and Spokane counties will teach.

Master Food Preservers, like Master Gardeners, receive extensive training from WSU Extension staff in topics related to safe food handling, preservation techniques, use of equipment, food products, food storage, and related issues. To become certified Master Food Preservers, class members must also volunteer time to their communities by teaching about food preservation or being involved in related educational activities.

A Day on the River, Anyone?

Need an excuse to go boating on the Pend Oreille River this fall? Water trail organizers are looking for volunteers willing to travel a portion of the river and report back with pictures and information about public access sites and shoreline attractions. Each volunteer crew may choose the area they would like to explore, and can complete the project at their own convenience after picking up site maps and inventory forms. Contact Carol Mack at WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension (509 447-2401, cmack@wsu.edu ) or Susan Harris of Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance (PORTA), (447-5286, susan@porta-us.com ) for information about participating.

The information and suggestions collected through this inventory process will help develop a Pend Oreille River Water Trail. A water trail is an annotated map of boating routes showing locations of amenities and providing information about natural features and attractions. A diverse partnership of local entities, governments, volunteers and agencies are working together on this project to encourage economic benefits through tourism and to promote recreational practices that respect water quality and fish habitat.

PORTA recently was awarded grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to proceed with water trail development. As a preliminary step, sites will be inventoried this fall during low flow conditions, then again next spring or summer when water levels rise.

Wednesday, January 20
THE WORLDS OF DAVID DOUGLAS

6:30-8:00pm • Create Arts Center, 900 W. 4th, Newport

Instructor: Jack Nisbet • Historian and Author

In this class author Jack Nisbet will trace Scottish naturalist David Douglas's life from his association with proper British science and horticulture to his rollicking sea adventures rounding Cape Horn, from his ties with the native plants and people of the Interior Northwest to his treks up the volcanoes of Hawaii.

Jack Nisbet's newest book The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Pacific Northwest follows Douglas through the human and natural landscape of our region from 1825-1833. It has been on the PNW Independent Bookseller's best seller list since it appeared this fall.

Monday, January 25
PLANTS INSECTS AND CO-EVOLUTION

Co-Evolution Implications for Weed and Pest Management

6:30-9pm • Usk Community Hall, 2442 Black Road, Usk WA

Instructors: Carol Mack • WSU Extension; Dr. Jan Rice • Pend Oreille County Weed Board

Nearly 400,000 species of insects make their living eating plants. Find out how plant defenses (and insect counterattacks) have led to many of the plant attributes we treasure, and what some of the implications are for managing Pend Oreille

Wednesday, Feb. 3
INDOOR PLANTS IN YOUR LIFE

6:30-8:00pm • PUD Meeting Room, Newport (Enter Spruce Street door, between Washington and Union)

Instructor: Marianne Nance, WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardener

Research is in about the benefits of having plants in offices and homes. Find out how indoor plants help you, and what they require from you to flourish. If you want, bring some plants or starts for a plant exchange after the class.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Wednesday, Feb. 10

NATIVE PLANTS FOR WILDSCAPING & RESTORATION--

DOWN-TO-EARTH SOLUTIONS

6:30-8:00pm • February 9 at PUD Meeting Room, Newport
6:30-8:00pm • February 10 at District #2 Fire Station at Tiger (3 miles south of Ione)

Instructor: Sandie Durand ~ Cascara Consulting

What grows on your land determines what wildlife will visit and thrive there and how much time is required for seasonal maintenance. Let’s take a look at the “needs and wants” of your particular homesite or acreage and create a natural frame- work using our hardy and beautiful Pend Oreille native plants.

Thursday, Feb. 18

LANDSCAPE DESIGN a la PEND OREILLE COUNTY

6:30-8:00pm • PUD Meeting Room, Newport (Enter Spruce Street door, between Washington and Union)

Instructor: Dixie Chichester, WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardener

Learn about the tools, tricks and techniques of effective landscape design, including coping with specific problem areas; making your landscape low maintenance; and choosing the plants and structures appropriate for the unique situations we encounter here in Pend Oreille County.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

THEY’RE BACK! WOLVES IN PEND OREILLE COUNTY

6:30-8:00pm • Usk Community Hall 2442 Black Road, Usk WA

Instructor: Dana Base, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Gray wolves were completely removed from Washington State by the 1930’s, but at least one breeding pair has moved into our county as the Northern Rockies populations recover. Learn about their biology and get the most recent update on “our” wolves. Dana will also give a brief overview of the draft management plan at this informal presentation.

TBA March

PEND OREILLE GARDENING WITH COLDFRAMES AND RAISED BEDS

6:30-8:00pm • PUD Meeting Room, Newport (Enter Spruce Street door, between Washington and Union)

Instructors: Eloise Opp and Tressa Emch, WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners

Find out how to use these simple and inexpensive garden structures to create the best possible conditions for thriving food and ornamental crops—even with our less-than-ideal climate and soils.

TBA March

WEEDS, NEIGHBORS, AND MORE DONUTS

6:30-8:00pm • PUD Meeting Room, Newport (Enter Spruce Street door, between Washington and Union)

Instructor: Dixie Chichester, WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardener

This Saturday morning workshop returns to launch Pend Oreille County Weed Board’s Neighborhood Cost-Share Program, and to provide information on a variety of noxious weed management topics.

Also of Interest...

18TH ANNUAL FAMILY FORESTERS WORKSHOP
Friday, January 22, 2010 ,8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, Spokane
Registration $85, by January 15, for more info, see:
http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry/documents/B2010FamilyForestersWorkshop.pdf

NORTHEAST CHAPTER WASHINGTON FARM FORESTRY ASSOCIATION WINTER MEETING

January 23, 2010 Camas Wellness Center, Usk 8:30 am – 3:30 p.m.
Featured speakers: Jack Nisbet, Author & Historian; Kate Wilson, Coordinator of the Pend Oreille Basin Commission;
Monica McMackin, Specialty Forest Products Co-Op; Jim Bottorff, DNR Wildlife Biologist; Richard Schellhaas, Fire History
$15 per person registration includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch &afternoon Snack
Please confirm your attendance by January 14 for lunch count to Matt Hobbs 509-442-3578 ~ hforest@potc.net For updates: wafarmforestry.com - follow links to the NE Chapter information.

CABIN FEVER GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: A CURE FOR GARDENERS!

February 15, 2010 (President’s Day) 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, WSU Spokane Campus
Remember our “Winter Day in the Garden” Conference? WSU Spokane Master Gardeners are carrying on this President’s Day tradition, and all are invited!
$60 Registration includes Continental Breakfast; Keynote speakers and Choice of 4 Gardening Classes; and Catered Lunch.
For registration and more info: http://www.spokane-county.wsu.edu/spokane/eastside
(And for info about possible “Cabin Fever Garden Party Bus” transport to this event from Newport, call 447-2401 or

INLAND NORTHWEST TURF, TREE & LANDSCAPE CONFERENCE 2010

February 4-5, Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, Spokane
Educational seminars on landscape and plant management for landscape professionals in the Inland Northwest, including ground maintenance employees, landscapers, pest control companies, arborists, nursery employees, educators and master gardeners. More info at http://conferences.wsu.edu/ttlc .

Summer 2010

Saturday, June 5
Wildfire and Fuels Workshop—

Protecting Homes and Forestlands

9:00am-2:00pm • District #2 Fire Station at Tiger (3 miles south of Ione, WA)

Every summer dozens of structures and properties are threatened, damaged and destroyed by wildfires in the State of Washington. This free workshop will show you how to reduce the severity of wildfire damage and protect your home. Sessions include wildfire history;outdoor slash-burning rules and regulations; identifying and restoring native plants; creating and maintaining firewise landscapes; how fuels reduction affects wildlife habitat; demonstrations of fuel reducing methods. Dress appropriately for some outdoor sessions. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided. Please pre-register at 447-2401 or email cpogson@wsu.edu

Saturday, June 12
Idaho-Washington Forest Owners Field Day

9:00am - 4:30pm • Athol, Idaho
registration 20$ individual/$30 family Call 447-2401 to receive a flyer for this event or download from http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry

Attend six different hands-on sessions, choosing from over 30 forestry and water-related topics. Watch demonstrations on horse-logging, small-scale forestry technology, mushroom cultivation, birds of prey , fish-shocking, biomass, and more. Order on-site BBQ lunch, or bring your own. Sponsored by WSU and UI Extension and over 20 other state, federal and local agencies and organizations.

July 10-11
Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival

Newport City Park at 1st and Calispel Saturday, 9am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4pm

Enjoy new vendors, microbrew and wine tasting in the Tuscan garden, model train displays and demonstrations, festival fairies, children's art tent, firewise landscape booth and lavender crafting with WSU Master Gardeners. Eat lunch in the Bistro, and listen to musicians, including Ray Allen, the Charley Packard Band, Six Foot Swing and Locust Street Taxi. Albeni Falls Pipes, Drums and Dancers concert Friday evening. In 2009, more than 3000 adults and 333 children from 45 states attended the festival. Entry fee is $5 for adults and children over age 12.

Saturday, July 17

Water, Weeds, and Wunch (Whoops, that's Lunch!)

Kalispel Camas Wellness Center, 1821 N. LeClerc Road, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Aquatic invaders are a wildfire spreading in our waters. Join us for the day to learn about solutions to Eurasian milfoil, quagga mussels, and other introduced species. Share your concerns and success stories at a round-table discussion. A line-up of guest speakers will move you to action for preventing and managing invasives. Workshop and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required by July 10 for lunch count, by calling 447-2401, or emailing cpogson@wsu.edu

Sunday, Aug. 1

Master Gardener Garden Tour and Dinner

Join WSU Master Gardeners on the annual tour of some of Pend Oreille County’s most beautiful and productive gardens. Both novice and experienced gardeners will find much to learn about selecting plants, coping with a challenging climate, avoiding damage from deer and other pests. A catered dinner is available to cap the day. Reservations for the dinner must be received by July 23. Registration forms will be available at the Extension office and plant clinic locations, and at http://pendoreille.wsu.edu

Thursday, Aug. 5

Family stream day

10 am- 2pm Free

Bring the kids and a picnic lunch and join wildlife biologists from KNRD and WSU Extension for an exploration of the aquatic life of a creek, We will also look at the butterflies, birds and plants in the meadow surrounding it. Meet at the site on Indian Creek. Travel approximately 7 miles northwest from Newport on LeClerc Road to Indian Creek Road, then about one mile to Geophysical Observatory Road and follow signs to site. Bring sunscreen, lunch, old shoes for wading, field guides and insect nets if you have them. Free, but phone 447-2401 or email cpogson@wsu.edu to pre-register and to reserve handouts.

While We're Waiting....—

Summer Workshops for Women over 40

While we're waiting for what? For the dust to settle about global warming and climate change. In the meantime, let's see what we can do on an individual level to stay in charge of our own lives, get some things done, learn something new, and develop more I-can-deal-with this skills. Even though we say “women over 40,” there will be room for their guests of any age and sex. You are all invited! But for your information, women over 40 are considered a “protected class” in Civil Rights legislation, so why not start with us?

Three workshops will be held this summer. Topics include how to build a straw bale house, and finish the inside walls, how to can your garden produce outside in your own backyard; how to make and successfully use your own root cellar. The sure date so far is Tuesday, July 20, 5:30 pm for our “Get Out of the Kitchen and Into the Yard “home canning” workshop for safely preserving green beans. Each participant will can one pint, and while waiting we will discuss food safety and preservation issues, eat, and sip homemade teas from the Pend Oreille Wild. Please contact the Extension office 447-2401, www.pendoreille.wsu.edu or email jlambarth@wsu.edu for more details, dates and registration information.

August 19-22

County Fair

County Fairgrounds in Cusick

The county fair offers competition, excitement and a wide variety of educational exhibits. Be sure to attend, and consider contacting the fair board for information about volunteer opportunities.

More info about the 2010 fair is available at http://www.povn.com/pocofair

August 28

Pend Oreille River Celebration

Come by boat or land to celebrate the Pend Oreille River. Try out kayaks, standing surfboards, fishing gear and other water toys with instruction from vendors and guides. Learn about fish, birds, bugs and other water creatures. Find out about Leave-No-Trace recreation, wildflower identification, traditional plant use, hydropower, and the geology and history of the river. Sponsored by Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance (PORTA) and the Pend Oreille River Water Trail steering
committee. For more information go to www.porta-us.com

Master Gardener Plant Clinics

For plant and bug ID, and garden advice, visit with WSU Master Gardeners on Thursdays from 6 -8 pm at the Newport Library, or Tuesdays from 11am to 3 pm at the Ione Library. Email questions and pictures to cmack@wsu.edu or drop samples off at the Extension office, S. 418 Scott, in Newport.

Fall Winter 2010 Events of Interest

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October 4-May 16
MASTER GARDENER BASIC TRAINING

Interested in joining the WSU Master Gardener Program? Pend Oreille County Extension only offers basic training for new volunteers every several years, and a new class starts this fall. Download an application form from the Master Gardener webpage at http://www.pendoreille.wsu.edu or request one by calling 509 447-2401. Return to WSU Pend Oreille County Extension, PO Box 5045, Newport WA 99156 by September 30. The total train- ing cost is $100, which includes local face-to-face classes as well as access to the WSU on-line training program. (Everyone is provided with DVDÕs of the on-line modules, so you donÕt need to have broadband internet access to participate.)
Four classes will be held on Monday evenings in October at the Usk Community Center. Each class will feature a local expert; Dixie Chichester on FireWise Landscaping; Mark Simpson, NRCS on Pend Oreille Soils; Stan Urmann, Riley Creek Blueberry Farm on Berry Growing; and Dr. Clay Kersting on Season Extending. From November until April, monthly classes will review on-line assignments and feature more local speakers, with an email discussion alternative offered during this time for snowbirds who canÕt attend. For more information about what WSU Master Gardeners do, see the Fall web edition of ÒGardening in Pend OreilleÓ Newsletter at http://www.pendoreille.wsu.edu

Saturday, October 2
FLOODS, ROCKS, SOILS AND TREES: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL HISTORY AROUND US -- A FALL FORESTRY TOUR

Offered jointly by The Spokane and Northeast Chapters of the Washington Farm Forestry Association ¥ FREE 8:15 (Sign in and Welcome, Coffee and Doughnuts) to 3:30P.M. Location: Tour begins indoors at the Newport-Oldtown Rotary Club Meeting Center (From Newport WA go East on Hwy 2 over the Oldtown Bridge then take the first right just East of the bridge - itÕs next to the Public Boat launch). A visit to the scenic Oak's tree farm will follow the morning presentation, just a five minute drive away.

Dr. Gary Ford, Soil Scientist, U.S. Forest Service (retired), and a founding member of the Cheney Spokane Ice Age Flood Institute will provide an overview of the Ice age Floods and their astounding impact in the region. Mark Pullen from the Coeur du deluge Chapter of the IAFI, will focus in the afternoon session on how glaciations and the ancient floods affected the specific area around Newport and a discussion of the geology around Merrill and Muriel Oaks tree farm. We will also take an in-depth look at tree planting survival, a fuel reduction effort, pond construction and analyze some recently dug soil pits. Please bring a friend (what a great time for new memberships!) and your sack lunch for the afternoon tailgate session around the pond. Soda and juices will be available. Contact Sheldon Magnuson at (509) 292-0866 or at greentree@aimcomm.com or Matt Hobbs at (509) 442-3578 or at hforest@potc.net for more information.

Saturday, October 2
4-H ANIMAL DAY

9am to 2pm • Location TBA

This live animal workshop is for parents and young people who are thinking about joining 4-H, and for 4-H leaders and club members already enrolled. Presenters include ranchers, veterinarians, WSU Animal Science and Extension staff, a professional photographer and more. Topics include the biology, psychology, care, health and feed- ing of a variety of animals ranging from dogs and cats to horses, cows, swine and sheep. Free, but pre-registration is requested. Contact the county Extension office at 509 447-2401 or Carla.pogson@wsu.edu for location and travel directions.

Monday, Dec. 6

PROCRASTINATORÕS WEED WORKSHOP

Time and place TBA

Get ahead of 2011 weeds by attending this winter workshop and learning about the most recent noxious weed invaders and new tools and techniques for managing them. An update will be included on the 2011 Neighborhood Cost Share program, which helps defray weed management expenses for Pend Oreille County landowners. (The procrastinators are those licensed pesticide applicators who need 3 more recertification credits before the end of the year...available by attending.) Check the website http://www.pendoreille.wsu.edu for more details, or call 447-2401, or email cmack@wsu.edu

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COACHED PLANNING

Wednesday Evenings; January 26, 2011 - March 16, 2011 ¥ Chewelah, WA

This 8-session practical, hands-on course will enable forest landowners to prepare their own forest steward- ship plan with guidance and "coaching" from natural resource professionals. This program is designed to help forest landowners develop customized management solutions to meet their own unique ownership objectives. Whether you own 5, 50, or 500 acres of forest, if you want to expand your knowledge, tools, and confidence for managing your forestland, this course is for you. Registration information will be posted at http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry or contact Erik Sjoquist ESJOQUIST@spokanecounty.org

A February Saturday in Spokane

EASTERN WASHINGTON FAMILY FOREST EXPO

(Time and Place TBA)

Family Forest Expo is a hands-on, interactive educational event for families who own forestland in Washington. Each hour, you will attend a different class, demonstration, or tour, choosing from over two dozen topics. In addition, there will be a resource area featuring equipment vendors and public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Information about this event will be posted at http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry or contact Carol Mack cmack@wsu.edu

Wednesday, March 16

20TH ANNUAL LOGGERS WORKSHOP

Ag Trade Center • Colville, WA

WThis all day workshop will give loggers an opportunity to interact with other participants and speakers on a host of important issues ranging from current economic trends to logging equipment. There will also be a refresher on State Forest Practices stream and riparian definitions and regulations. Participants will put what they learn to the test when we travel into the field and measure and identify water features with a DNR Forest Practices forester. MLP Credits available for attendance. Information about this event will be posted at http://ext.wsu.edu/forestry or contact Erik Sjoquist ESJOQUIST@spokanecounty.org