Earth Briefs

Applications due Dec. 15 for Master Gardener program

The Colorado State University Extension Office in La Plata County is accepting applications for the 2013 Colorado Master Gardener program until Dec. 15.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water-wise gardening, pruning and more. The 11-class series will begin Jan. 31 and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. The cost is $275 for people who intend to volunteer, or $625 for a certificate without volunteer time. Volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years.

To receive an application, visit the La Plata County Extension office or call 382-6463. Applications are due Dec. 15 to the Extension Office, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Plant-a-Tree program gifts available

The U.S. Forest Service is suggesting the Plant-a-Tree Program as a holiday gift idea.

For a $10 donation, the giver receives a certificate on behalf of a person or family, and five seedlings are reserved to reforest a burned area on the San Juan National Forest.

Donations by cash, check or credit card can be made in person at San Juan National Forest offices. Credit card donations also can be made over the phone. Checks also can be mailed to San Juan National Forest Plant-A-Tree Coordinator, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301. Checks should be made payable to USDA Forest Service, with “Plant-A-Tree, San Juan National Forest” noted in the memo.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan, call Gretchen Fitzgerald at 884-1435, or email gfitzgerald@fs.fed.us.

Businesses join resource program

The Resource Smart Business Program, a free, voluntary certification program that helps local businesses throughout La Plata County operate more efficiently, welcomes these new participating businesses:

Digs Restaurant & Bar, Earthen Vessel Gallery, Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County ReStore, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, Maria’s Bookshop, Pet Haus, Pine Needle Mountaineering and Dancing Willow Herbs all joined in October.

These and other local businesses are working with the program to reduce energy consumption, increase employee wellness and promote sustainable business practices in the workplace.

There are nine spots left in this program; this final round of businesses will begin participation in February.

For more information or to apply, visit www,resourcesmartbusiness.com or call Amanda Saunders at 259-1916.

Final decision coming about Boggy-Glade

The Dolores Ranger District met with Dolores and Montezuma county commissioners on Wednesday to discuss the release of the Final Decision Notice for the Boggy-Glade Travel Management Project.

The decision will include: motorized game retrieval by ATV within 1 mile of open system roads in specific areas shown on a map; a road system of 379 miles open to motor vehicles and UTVs; a new OHV trail consisting of roads and trails designed for OHVs; changes to parking regulations for camping and day-use; seasonal restrictions in important big-game winter habitat; newly designated nonmotorized trails; and revegetation efforts.

Maps will be made available and road numbers will be posted at intersections. Single-track motorcycle trails will be discussed further in future analyses.

The Decision Notice, Environmental Analysis and map will be available at the Dolores Public Lands Office, and www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/projects. The decision will be subject to a 45-day appeal period. Instructions for how to appeal can be found in the Decision Notice posted online.

For more information, call Debbie Kill at 882-6822.

Herald Staff

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