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!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

National Park Update


Glacier National Park © Kan1234/Dreamstime
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In just over a year, the National Park Service’s centennial will shine a spotlight on all of our national parks. And it should be a time for celebrating.
But we all could be in for a shock if we don’t act now.
Because if things don’t change fast, America’s national parks will be in a sorry state—with closed trails and visitor centers, cancelled programs, and Park Service staff unable to properly maintain the parks due to severe budget cuts.
The countdown to the parks’ centennial is on in earnest and NPCA needs your support to press ahead with all of our work.
We know there will be many battles to face ahead as we fight to secure proper funding and protect the parks from a host of outside threats.

Members and supporters of NPCA have done their part to safeguard America’s national parks for almost as long as the National Park Service itself. But as we prepare for NPCA’s 96th year—and the National Park Service’s 100th—our work takes on an even greater sense of urgency.
Because what we do between now and the end of next year will help determine if our national parks are well maintained, safe, and poised for a vibrant second century … or if they are further neglected, polluted, and diminished.
We know the stakes are high, so we’re working diligently to:
  • Protect national parks against crippling budget cuts and other man-made threats to their vitality and very existence.
  • Connect more Americans to the wonders—natural, cultural, and historic—of the national parks they own.
  • Restore parks to their full glory—sustaining them as safe havens for wildlife and a welcoming place of inspiration for visitors from the United States and around the world.
NPCA started this year on a hopeful note by helping to forge a compromise that restored nearly all of the park funding lost through the sequester cuts of 2013.
We also built bipartisan support in the Senate for an appropriations bill that would address the parks’ maintenance backlog and reduce development threats within the borders of national parks.
But to protect our parks next year, we must build on these successes. Budget battles will intensify early in 2015 as the Obama administration submits its funding priorities and a new session of Congress begins.
To avert a future government shutdown and the economic devastation it would cause … to ensure that our parks are places of celebration for the centennial … we must step up the pressure on lawmakers to heed the overwhelming public demand for adequate park funding.
And while we rightly focus on the National Park Service’s rapidly approaching centennial, it is also important for us to think about the enduring national parks legacy we will leave to our children and theirs.
Will your parks legacy be one of closed parks, crumbling monuments, and extinct species … or will it feature thriving wildlife populations, crystal-clear mountain streams, and endless inspiration?
Please support NPCA’s work today so together we can create the brighter future for our national parks that we all want.

Clark Bunting, NPCA President and CEO
Clark Bunting
President & CEO
P.S. The national parks’ centennial will be here in just 14 months, giving us precious little time to fix all the problems our parks face. Please help make America’s national parks places we can all take pride in by making a generous gift today. Thank you!
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Photo: Glacier National Park © Kan1234/Dreamstime..
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