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Creating habitat subject of agriculture series

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The Agriculture Innovation Forum Series this month will focus on creating a comfortable environment for you and your wildlife friends.

"If you have lived in the Carson Valley or, for that matter, anywhere in Nevada for any period, you have experienced significant winds. Strong winds make being outdoors just plain unpleasant," said Douglas County Extension Educator Steve Lewis.

She will present Creating Windbreaks and Wildlife Habitat at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden.

The featured speaker is Gail Durham, a retired Forester and Natural Resource Planner and Implementer.

“If you have lived in the Carson Valley or, for that matter, anywhere in Nevada for any period, you have experienced significant winds. Strong winds make being outdoors just plain unpleasant.”

— Steve Lewis,Douglas County Extension Educator

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As a Carson Valley resident, Durham has the knack and experience for growing windbreaks that fit our environmental constraints. Durham put her ISA Arborist certification to use to develop and install her own windbreak more than 25 years ago. She will discuss how to plan, implement, and manage windbreaks for various benefits especially for wildlife and farmstead wind protection. She has had nesting red-tail hawks, great horned owls, orioles, and numerous other avian species as well as deer, wild horses, gopher snakes, and the ever present cotton tail and jack rabbits. Her presentation will give you lots of insights on the things to look out for when developing windbreaks in our area that can present challenges and how to prevent or overcome them.

The Agriculture Innovation Forum Series is designed to provide practical information and know-how for agricultural producers and small acreage owners to optimize their land use potential and maintain agricultural open space in Carson Valley. AIFS is intended to be an open dialogue format allowing attendees ample opportunity to ask questions and learn. This is a free program and no registration is required. For more information, contact Steve Lewis, extension educator with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 782-9960.