Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.
The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Workshop on SEINet and The Flora Project

Steve Buckley, botanist for the National Park Service’s Southwest Network Collaborative (SWNC) will be in Flagstaff on Tuesday, January 22 from 12-2 pm to present a workshop on both SEINet (the Southwest Environmental Information Network, first hour) and The Flora Project (second hour). The workshop will be in the Southwest Forest Science Complex (Forestry building) on the NAU campus in room 133. Feel free to bring your lunch to the workshop and please forward this message to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.
For more information on SEINet and The Flora Project :
Steve Buckley is the botanist for the National Park Service’s Southwest Network Collaborative (SWNC) and is based in Tucson, Arizona. His research focuses on the systematics and floristic biogeography of the 29 National Park Service units and 15 Fish and Wildlife Service refuges in the desert southwestern United States. Steve is especially interested in how the technologies of floristic information systems generate novel solutions for the distribution of information and develop critical data sets to address the challenges of botanical conservation on Department of Interior lands. 
Steve will be speaking about The Flora Project, which is a developing collaboration between the SWNC and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts Inventory and Monitoring Zone of the Fish and Wildlife Service. He will be discussing the methodologies and technologies that are used to advance this work across broad spatial scales, as well as detailing the efforts to expand the work to all of the refuges in Region Two of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Flora Project focuses on providing comprehensive field guides for each park or refuge, as well as building a cross-platform floristic information system that will ultimately be available for use by resource managers, researchers, and the public. Products range from online databases and printed field guides, to apps for mobile and handheld digital devices, to a range of other digital and print educational tools and resources. The Flora Project includes a broad coalition of collaborators including the Sonoran Desert Network, Chihuahan Desert Network, and Southern Plains Network of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program; the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts Inventory and Monitoring Zone of the Fish and Wildlife Service; the vegetation program at Grand Canyon National Park; and the developers of the Southwestern Environmental Information Network (SEINet). The Flora Project is setting the standard for floristic research and information dissemination about floristic biodiversity on federal lands in the desert southwest.
 For more information, please contact:

Judy Springer, Research Specialist, Sr.
Ecological Restoration Institute
Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5017
Phone: (928) 523-7751 Fax (928) 523-0296

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