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Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

Extension is Planning
for Another Century of Success.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model and chart a course through choppy economic waters. NCCES has seen recurring budget cuts of $20 million since 2000, resulting in the loss of roughly 90 positions over the past four years.

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River Course Comes to
Valle Crucis

This two-day course will introduce students to vegetation assessment of riparian areas along streams that will potentially be restored. Existing riparian condition will be examined and discussed in both classroom and field settings. Topics will include stream bank stability from a vegetative perspective, evaluation of current plant inventory, invasive vegetation issues, and potential planting constraints. Identification of common riparian plants of North Carolina will also be discussed during field sessions. Students will be given handouts with information on how to identify individual riparian plants. Valle Crucis Conference Center Hwy 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691 June 16-17, 2014   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.    For more information call (828) 963-4453

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4-H Fruit Plant Sale

It is not too late to get fruit plants with the 4-H fruit plant sale.  Plants will be on-hand Friday, April 11 from 12:00-6:00 and Saturday, April 12 from 9:30-12:30 at the Agricultural Conference Center on 252 Poplar Grove Road.   Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry plants are available, as well as heritage apple trees.   You can still reserve your berries before Friday, or drop in Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to see what is still available.  For more information about the varieties, see here:  http://watauga4h.blogspot.com or download information here

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Low Impact Development
and Storm E-Z Comes to Boone May 7-8

Low Impact Development (LID) strives to mimic a site's natural hydrology by disconnecting built-upon areas and incorporating design techniques that infiltrate, filter and evaporate runoff. LID can make efficient use of the landscape by using open space that is intended for preservation as a means to manage and treat stormwater. When designed and maintained appropriately, LID can reduce "hard" infrastructure costs, increase lot yields and enhance water quality protection. The state, in cooperation with many private and public sector partners, has developed a technical definition for LID. The state has also updated many chapters of the Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual to allow designers more options for infiltrating, filtering and evaporating stormwater runoff. These chapters include infiltration, disconnected built-upon area, rainwater harvesting and green roofs. The Storm-EZ Permitting Tool has been developed by Withers & Ravenel in partnership with NCDENR, NCSU-BAE, the NC Coastal Federation, and the NC LID State Technical Review Team. Storm-EZ is an Excel spreadsheet-based stormwater permitting tool with computations based on the SCS Discrete Curve Number Method and current research findings on hydraulic and hydrologic performance of BMPs. Designers enter pre-development and post-development land use data and design data for stormwater practices. Then, Storm-EZ reports whether the project meets stormwater regulations and also quantifies where the project falls in the conventional-to-low impact spectrum. When Storm-EZ is finalized, it will replace the general state stormwater permit application form, the separate BMP Supplement Forms (currently one per device is required), and the Operation and Maintenance agreements. This workshop will include separate presentations on each of the new BMP Manual Chapters. After that, the new Storm-EZ tool will be debuted and participants will learn how to use Storm-EZ to analyze site plans and estimate the conventional versus low impact fates of runoff to determine if a site meets the state's new LID defnition. Click here to download the workshop AGENDA. The training will be from 7:30am to 5:00pm on Day 1 (registration at 7:30 am with class starting at 8:00am), and 8am to 5:pm on Day 2. Workshop Dates/Locations May 7-8, 2014 - Boone, NC Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center 252 Poplar Grove Rd. Boone, NC 28607 Click here to REGISTER ONLINE for Boone!

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Rain Barrel
Sale

Order by May 30. Pick up June 5, 2014. Only $75!!! To order click this link:   http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/watauga-county

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Watauga Extension Radio Show popular

Catch our new radio show on WATA 1450AM on Mondays at 11:45am. In case you missed our show: April 7, 2014 –  https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-3  March 24, 2014 – https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-2 March 17, 2014 – https://soundcloud.com/awilsonradio/watauga-extension-spotlight-1 MORE »

Join a CSA for ultra-fresh, locally grown food popular

Looking forward to spring and the growing season, I just joined a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA for the first time. Most of the time, joining requires making a deposit now and MORE »

Where is your Teen?

While adolescence is a time of growing autonomy for teens, they still need their parents.  Parents may be challenged to find the right balance of connection and involvement and control and/or appropriate loosening MORE »

Protect Your Private Well Webinar Opportunities

Groundwater Protection: How You Can Protect Your Well Water Quality April 2nd, 1 p.m. Easter Time Registration link: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1035&evt=04022014&t=1394736447031&t=1395171470828 Presenter: Tom Christopherson is the program manager for Nebraska’s Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Program MORE »

Household water well owners encouraged to use help hotline

Household well owners with questions about their water well system, water quality, or well construction can contact an information hotline operated by the National Ground Water Association at 855-420-9355 (855-H20-WELL). The hotline is part of MORE »

Watauga Clean Up

Blue Ridge Conservancy staff, a team of ASU student volunteers, AmeriCorps Project Conserve, Lauri Wilson, the Executive Director at Blue Ridge Seeds for Change and a resident of the Sleepy Hollow community, Wendy MORE »

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Master Gardener ClassTue Apr 22, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 4 days away
Mater Gardener ClassTue Apr 22, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 4 days away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 6, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Watauga County BeekeepersTue May 6, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM— 3 weeks away
Low Impact Development and Storm E-Z Comes to Boone Wed May 7, 2014
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 3 weeks away
Low Impact Development and Storm E-Z Comes to Boone Thu May 8, 2014
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607
— 3 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 13, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 4 weeks away
Master Gardener ClassTue May 20, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM— 1 month away
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