Backyard Conservation Certification Program to be discussed at the MidCoast Watersheds Council, August 1.
Abigail DeYoung and Mark Stone of Lincoln SWCD will present on “Backyard Conservation Certification Program.” Lincoln SWCD is working on development of this program and hopes to roll it out in the next few months. The program will provide assistance to urban and suburban property owners to help them manage their yards in ecologically beneficial ways. This includes removing exotic invasive plants as well as landscaping with plants that provide food, cover, and nesting sites for native birds and other wildlife. The program will emphasize site-appropriate landscaping, using plants that are well-adapted to the local soils and climate, and do not need extensive watering. The program is being modeled after a successful program in the Portland area run by The Columbia Land Trust with multiple partners.
Abigail is a local biologist with extensive experience in coast range forest ecology and marine ecology. Mark Stone is a former commercial fisher who was re-trained in watershed restoration and survey techniques, and who has worked for Lincoln SWCD for over 16 years doing spawning surveys and Aquatic Habitat Inventories.
The meeting will be held at the Central Lincoln PUD Thursday, August 1, at 6:30 PM
The MidCoast Watersheds Council is a Newport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of watersheds in the central coast area, in the context of healthy local communities. The Council provides a forum to the community for discussion of issues related to economic and environmental health. The Council also has an extensive program of natural resource education in Lincoln County schools and in summer. Recent restoration projects have included the Lint Slough estuarine marsh restoration, riparian restoration through fencing and tree planting, restoration of stream habitat by large wood placement, and passage improvement for salmon by replacing barrier culverts. Currently the council is implementing a series of projects to improve fish passage and riparian habitat in the upper Yaquina Basin.
The Council meets the first Thursday of each month, at 6:30 PM, at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport. The PUD is located at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport, across the highway from Safeway.