Cooperative Extension hosts agriculture forum series Tuesday |

Cooperative Extension hosts agriculture forum series Tuesday

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Landscaping for Wildlife is the topic of Tuesday’s Agriculture Innovation Forum Series.

Wildlife can be an attractive feature of Carson Valley. Some landowners are interested in enhancing their land’s appeal to wildlife. On the other hand, too much wildlife can be destructive. So how might small acreage owners optimize their landscapes to attract the desired amount and composition of wildlife? It’s not a simple formula, as Mother Nature doesn’t care to be manipulated, however there are ways to tip the balance.

Gail Durham, forest health specialist with Nevada Division of Forestry, will focus on the tree portion of the habitat element and creating windbreaks, vertical as well as horizontal structure. She will discuss the cover and food elements wildlife need, especially avian. Durham will touch on wildlife food, cover, water and territory, but primarily focus on the tree and shrub vegetation.

Dr. Lee Turner, habitat ecologist for Nevada Department of Wildlife will discuss how to attract songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies and a host of desirable wildlife. He will also speak about reducing wildlife attraction features when necessary. The forum will primarily concentrate on the vegetation component of land management.

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. It is held 6 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month in the CVIC Hall.

The series is intended to be an open dialogue format allowing attendees ample opportunity to ask questions and learn.

For more information on Tuesday’s forum, contact Steve Lewis, extension educator with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 782-9960.