8:30 - 8:45am Continental Breakfast/Networking
8:45 – 10:15 Living on Top of Groundwater: Why does Thurston County Public Health Care About Pesticides? What resources can we offer to you and your clients?
Jennifer Johnson has worked for Thurston County Public Health and Social Services for 14 years as an Environmental Health Education and Outreach Specialist. She practices organic land care on her own ten acres and knows firsthand why herbicides can seem easier than hand weeding! She studies the health effects of pesticides on people and wildlife and those studies are what make weeding much more attractive to her than the use of herbicides.
10:30 – 12:00 noon Plight of the Pollinators and How You Can Help – Mark Emrich
12:00- 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 pm Landscaping for Water & Wildlife, Erica Guttman
In this session, Erica will discuss principles of sustainable landscaping from the joint perspectives of wildlife enhancements and Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Topics include: overview of stormwater science; green stormwater BMPs; designing for birds, butterflies, and other small wildlife; planting design principles; and a hands-on design activity working with drought-tolerant and native plants.
Erica Guttman has been a hands-on environmental educator for over 30 years, and has led WSU Thurston County Extension’s water resources work since 1997. She leads workshops for over 2,000 participants annually on a range of topics relating to protecting and conserving water resources and habitat, including rain garden design and construction, low-impact development techniques, sustainable landscaping practices, and shoreline stewardship. She has authored and contributed to a number of publications and videos to help landowners protect water resources, including handbooks on rain gardens, residential-scale LID, shoreline revegetation, winter-twig identification and videos guiding residents in building rain gardens in the Pacific Northwest and protecting marine shorelines. Erica has been designing, installing, researching and teaching about water-wise/native landscapes, rain gardens, and revegetation projects for over 16 years. She holds an MA in ecological restoration with a focus on the Puget Sound nearshore.
CPH, LIC, ecoPRO Credits Available.
Lunch will be provided. Please share any dietary restrictions.