A Backyard Conservation Workshop will be offered free to the public on Saturday, December 19, from 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Montpelier Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Montpelier. The guest speaker will be Sharon Partridge, Watershed Program Manager with the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative.
Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a city lot, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings.
Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.
Backyard conservation practices are easy and most are inexpensive. Activities can be done by individuals and families, and many practices can be adapted to community gardens, schools and other public places.
Topics: Backyard conservation measures that improve the quality of storm water runoff and benefit wildlife. Rain barrels, rain gardens, native plantings, pervious pavers, and proper lawn fertilizer use. Gift ideas for nature lovers!
Sponsored by: The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative, The Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District, and a Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. For more information and to register, contact the Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District at: 419-636-9395 X 3 or the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative at: 260-484-5848 ext. 117.