Coconino Master Gardener Association

Currently, warblers of several species are migrating through Flagstaff towards Canada and beyond. The Yellow Warblers, like this little guy are often an exception. They frequently choose to remain in Flagstaff throughout the summer. All of the warblers are busily searching the innermost branches of shrubs and trees for insects.
Photo by Cindy Murray.

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!

Event Calendar

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Conservation Study Forum Meeting

Reconciliation Ecology

The Science of inventing, establishing and maintaining new habitats to conserve species diversity in places where people live, work and play.

This I see as the over-arching concept. It might apply to the landscaping around a commercial business in town, but also to a national park or wilderness area. As Rosenzweig points out, there is now virtually no place on earth that has not been affected by human activity. We may have to be active in parks and wilderness areas as climate change, invasive species and other human impacts take their toll.

Restoration Ecology 

Restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems. 
Local examples would be Picture Canyon or the Rio de Flag.

Reservation Ecology

Preserving areas that have robust existing biodiversity. 

This applies to areas such as Walnut Canyon, Buffalo Park and the nature preserves at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Adaptive Restoration Ecology

Identifying and planting genotypes of native plants that have been selected for their ability to grow in the new conditions anticipated with climate change. 

Work on this is being done at the Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research at NAU, and Stefan Sommer is our contact.

Promoting Reconciliation Ecology in the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will increase biodiversity, promote adaptability, reduce water and energy consumption due to irrigation, educate the public about ecology and enhance the quality to life for Flagstaff residents as they experience an increasingly interesting and beautiful natural environment within the City.

John Taylor of TerraBirds has created examples of Reconciliation Ecology at the Exhibits Building at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon Trust, among other places.

Partners in an effort to develop a plan to add Reconciliation Ecology to the City's plan could include:

City of Flagstaff 

Conservation Study Forum 
Native Plant Society 
Society of Ecological Restoration 
Habitat Harmony 
Citizens Climate Lobby 
Museum of Northern Arizona 
Springs Stewardship Institute 
Flagstaff Arboretum 
Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research 
Morning Dew Landscaping 
San Francisco Peaks Weed Management Area

I'm forwarding you an invitation to a Conservation Study Forum meeting next Thursday 5/17 at 1:00 PM that will continue our work to get the Reconciliation Ecology concept into the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (see the 2nd email below for more explanation). I think the more community members and organizations the better when it comes to promoting native plants and biodiversity, first in creating this community Plan and then in making it a reality. Please come if you can, send a representative if you can't, and invite others who you think could contribute.

Please let me know if you're coming so we can be sure we have adequate seating.

The location is the conference room next to City Council Chambers.

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