WSU Stevens County Extension News – March 2015

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March 2015 – WSU Stevens County Extension News, a monthly newsletter with Extension event and program news. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to friends and family that might benefit from the information. If you do not wish to receive this e-mail newsletter please email Ivy Nelson at and ask to be removed from the list. We hope you enjoy the newsletter – Debra Hansen, County Extension Director


WSU Stevens County Extension workshops and events. For more information on any of the following events, contact us at 509-684-2588 or Or visit us at 986 S. Main in Colville.



4-H News

March 14: It’s time again for our annual 4-H Sensational Saturday program from 9 am to 2 pm at the Community College in Colville. The day is open to all school age youth (4-H and non 4-H). It is a day of fun workshops to learn more about your 4-H project or explore new projects. You will have the opportunity to attend five 45 minute workshops throughout the day. Topics include make and take crafts, archery, gardening fun, swing dance, games, and more! A special track of workshops for K-2 graders is planned. Stevens County 4-H Leaders’ Council will provide a complimentary lunch for attendees. Schedule is subject to change.


2015 4-H Events: The yearly calendar of 4-H events is out and can be accessed here: 2015 4-H Calendar


Economic and Community Development News

April 15: Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference – create a strong small business eco-system in your community. Our keynote presenter, Erik Pages, is a national expert in changing the entrepreneurial climate. He will present on a live webinar, leading participants through the process of identifying and creating a small business eco-system. After interacting with Erik, local facilitators and experts will share information about the current status of our ecosystem. Engaging exercises that will move us forward in developing a plan – this is an opportunity for small town governmental and civic leaders working alongside rural business owners to discuss what next steps should happen to create and/or strengthen an effective “entrepreneurial ecosystem.” 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Stevens County Sheriffs and Ambulance Building, 425 North Hwy, Colville. Cost is $25 (light breakfast and lunch included.) For more information, contact Debra Hansen, (509) 684-2588 or or visit the website:


Gardening News

March 28Sowing Seeds Conference – designed to offer something for every gardener. Twelve fifty-five-minutes classes will be offered on a variety of horticultural topics. Each participant will be able to attend four of the classes offered. Topics include: Tool Maintenance, Grafting Fruit Trees, Tomatoes, Attracting Butterflies, Landscaping to Attract Wildlife, Table Top Gardening, Cold Frames, Backyard Pesticide Use and Gopher Control, Soil Testing and Supplements, Root Cellars for Vegetable Storage and Lawns . Each participant will be able to attend the keynote speaker and four of the classes offered. Registration fee will be $20. Some classes may have a supply fee. This workshop will be held at the Community Colleges of Spokane – Colville Center in Colville. Registration and class descriptions will be posted after all classes are confirmed.


Forestry News

March 12: A eight-week, hands-on courses for forest landowners called Forest Stewardship Coached Planning will start on March 12 and run Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 pm through April 30 at the Stevens County Extension Office, 986 South Main Street in Colville. Participants will learn how to write a forest stewardship plan, how to gauge the health of their forests, manage fire risk, improve wildlife habitats, use timber resources and how to protect soil.  The course also allows participants to certify under the American Tree Farm System and determine their eligibility for reduced property tax and cost-share assistance.


“This class is an opportunity for small forest landowners to learn directly from experts in the field,” said Steve McConnell, program organizer and WSU Extension Forester.  “Besides knowledge and connections, attendees completing this course can walk away with a completed Forest Stewardship Plan for their property, providing them direct access to help – financial, technical and otherwise – to meet their sustainable management objectives.”


The flyer with the registration and more information will be available online as soon as speakers are confirmed. Watch our webpage or call WSU Extension Forester, Steve McConnell, at (509) 477-2175. The flyer will be posted ASAP.  The course costs $150 per family/landowner. The program is co-sponsored by the Washington Farm Forestry Association, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.