Oregon State University Extension Service is offering its Land Steward program in Josephine County this summer. The classes are held in the field and begin May 15, and are held every Wednesday until June 19. Classes start at 3:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m.
This program is designed for small-acreage landowners so they may learn about creating a healthy environment on their properties through site visits, mentoring and the creation of a personalized management plan. The course targets landowners who want to learn to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyles.
Land Stewards learn how to:
- Live safely in a wildfire-prone area
- Reduce yard waste and woody biomass
- Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
- Make their own mulch and compost
- Promote and develop wildlife habitat
- Maintain healthy trees and forests
- Conserve water and reduce runoff
A class will also be held in Jackson County Sept. 17-Nov. 19. This class will be held on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The class costs $100 for individuals or $150 for couples.
Contact the OSU Extension Land Steward Coordinator Rhianna Simes at (541) 776-7371 ext. 213. Applications are due Friday, May 10.