Sorting it all out

Want to learn more about working with WNC flora? An upcoming workshop at the North Carolina Arboretum, “Native Landscaping and Homes in the Forest,” may be just the ticket. The event, slated for Thursday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will provide hands-on opportunities to gain skills and information useful in managing their land.

Topics will include site inventory and analysis, promoting environmental and forest health within the surrounding ecosystem, landscaping with native plants and combating non-native invasive species. Stormwater best-management practices will also be viewed and discussed, along with examples of urban forestry and pruning techniques. Participants will also receive useful equipment, and agency representatives and other experts will be available for consultation after the course.

This is the fourth in a series of six workshops in the Biltmore Forest School Woodland Owner Short Course. The cost is $25 per person, including lunch, snacks and materials (a spouse or other family member can be added for $15).

For more information or to register, e-mail Alice Goldstein (agoldstein@fs.fed.us), phone (828) 877-3350, ext. 203 or visit the Web site (see “education programs” at www.cradleofforestry.org).

— Cecil Bothwell

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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