Earth Briefs

Free online program for gardeners available

Gardeners can access help from their phones or computers from 14 of the West’s experts in horticulture who will share their wisdom beginning March 20.

The series, called “Secrets to Beautiful, Easy and Sustainable Ornamental Gardening in the Interior West” will feature Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Pat Hayward, executive director of Plant Select, Bill Adams, owner of Sunscapes rare plant nursery, and others. The series is presented by Abundant Earth Gardens, based in Durango.

To sign up for the free series, visit

Worm life cycle talk to be held Saturday

Sean Kearney of Durango Compost will present a hands-on demonstration for all ages highlighting the life cycle of the worm at 1 p.m. Saturday at For the Birds, 1560 East Second Ave.

Kearney will show the eggs, pupae and various stages of worm growth, along with equipment and resources for raising composting worms.

He also will explain the value of worm castings as soil enhancers.

For more information, call 382-9396.

Medicine Horse starts kids horse camp

Medicine Horse Durango will begin an after-school Friday horse camp for children in first to fourth grades.

Participants will learn horse care, horse skills and basic riding.

Also a “Horses and Healing” group for women with a history of trauma and/or violence is available.

For more information or to register, call 749-3934 or visit

Plan implemented at national monument

An informational meeting about the continuing implementation of the Canyons of the Ancients travel management plan will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Anasazi Heritage Center, 27501 Colorado Highway 184 in Dolores.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument staff, crew and contractors will continue implementing the plan starting in April through early 2013.

Last year, crews began implementing the plan by eliminating 31 miles of redundant routes that caused habitat fragmentation. The plan limits travel in sensitive areas and also allows for the rehabilitation of previously disturbed areas thereby minimizing soil erosion, water contamination and loss of forage for both domestic and wild animals.

For more information, email Marietta Eaton at or call 882-5600.

Herald Staff