Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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
Contacts.
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!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Resource Management Plan for the Coconino National Forest

Help Plan the Future of Coconino National Forest- attend a public meeting 

The Forest Service just released the Coconino National Forest Draft Land and Resource Management Plan for public comment. EVERYTHING the Forest Service does on the Coconino for the next 15-20 years must comply with this Plan. The Plan includes direction on wildlife protection, logging, fire, recreation, wilderness, water sources, energy development, and more. 

Please attend one of these meetings to learn more about the Plan and offer your suggestions! 

If you'd like to get more involved, see the bottom of this message for information about how to help Sierra Club prepare our official comments on the Draft Forest Plan. 

Official Forest Service Public Open Houses and Workshops: 
Flagstaff: 
January 14th: Flagstaff (3:00-7:00pm) 
Flagstaff Aquaplex 
Meeting Room A 
1702 N. Fourth St. 
Open House and Workshop 

February 24th: Flagstaff (3:00-7:00pm) 
Flagstaff Aquaplex 
Meeting Room A 
1702 N. Fourth St. 
Focus Topic/Comment Workshop 

Sedona: 
January 15th: Sedona (3:00-7:00pm) 
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport 
Conference Room 
235 Air Terminal Drive 
Open House and Workshop 

February 25th: Sedona (3:00-7:00pm) 
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport 
Conference Room 
235 Air Terminal Drive 
Focus Topic/Comment Workshop 
Happy Jack: January 16th: Happy Jack (11:00 am-2:00 pm) 
Mogollon Rim Ranger District 
8738 Ranger Road 
Open Office Hours/Walk-ins 

February 26th: Happy Jack (11:00 am-2:00 pm) 
Mogollon Rim Ranger District 
8738 Ranger Road 
Open Office Hours/Walk-ins 
GET MORE INVOLVED! We are assembling a team of volunteers who care about the future of the Coconino. Opportunities for involvement include contributing to Sierra Club comments on the Draft, creating individual comments on items of interest to you, visiting specific locations to confirm that Plan recommendations are appropriate for those areas, and helping to raise awareness about the Plan revision process. No experience is necessary - just bring a love for wild places! We will hold a one-hour volunteer meeting in Flagstaff on Friday, January 24 at noon in the public room at Natural Grocers, 503 W. Clay Ave. in Flagstaff. 
If you would like more information about participating in the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter's Forest Planning team, please contact Alicyn Gitlin atalicyn.gitlin@sierraclub.org or (928) 774-6514.
Thank you.
From the Sierra Club via Dorothy Lamm/NPS

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