Class Teaches Land Stewardship
Clark County, WA – Over the past 16 years, nearly 500 Clark County residents have graduated from the Living on the Land class series. The program brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage landowners. These experts give advice on pasture management, controlling weeds, wildlife, soil health, well & septic maintenance, and more.
The first step to good land management is understanding your property assets. WSU Clark County Extension Director, Doug Stienbarger, opens the class series with advice on how to take appropriate inventories and create maps that help with goal planning. The class then dives into soils where speakers share advice on soil testing and how to determine your soils structure. Pasture classes teach rotational grazing. Watershed classes teach dealing with stormwater and protecting nearby water bodies. Teresa Koper, Small Acreage Program Coordinator, states, “The variety of information these classes cover can help small acreage landowners dealing with a variety of land management concerns. Not only do we teach stewardship practices, but also how to effectively manage your problem areas such as muddy pastures and weeds”.
The program is hosted by WSU Clark County Extension and supported by Clark County Public Works Clean Water Program. Classes run for 12 weeks, Wednesday evenings from September 5 through November 21. Classes will be held in Hazel Dell, WA and advance registration is required. The cost is $35 per person or $50 per family (including up to two registrants). To register and find more information on Living on the Land visit the WSU Extension’s website at http://go.wsu.edu/smallacreage or contact Teresa at Teresa.Koper@wsu.edu and 564-397-5729.