Earth Briefs

Volunteers needed to help with tree planting

A tree-planting activity for Dolores and Cortez fifth-grade elementary school students will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday in the House Creek area located off the Dolores/Norwood Road north of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest.

The San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan National Forest are organizing the event. Students will plant ponderosa pines.

Volunteers are needed to help the students with planting and watering, directing traffic and general supervision.

Times and location will be provided after registration, and background checks may be required.

Interested volunteers must register by today with Kathe Hayes by calling 385-1310 or emailing kathe@sjma.org.

Free entry to national parks in April

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will celebrate National Park Week with free admission April 21-29.

National parks will mark the celebration with events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21 as well as a celebration of Earth Day, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. Aztec Ruins will offer guided walks of the ruins at 10 a.m. and kiva talks at 2 p.m. from April 21 to 29.

For more information, visit www.nationalparkweek.org.

Storm-spotter trainings to be held locally

The National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office will present free 2012 Severe Storm Spotter Trainings at these locations:

6 to 9 p.m. April 24 at the Pagosa Fire Station No. 1, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd. in Pagosa Springs. Participants should use the west entrance and then go upstairs.

6 to 9 p.m. April 25 in the lower level of the Durango/La Plata County 911 Building, 221 Turner Drive in Durango.

6 to 9 p.m. April 26 in the training office of the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, 730 E. Driscoll St. in Cortez.

Participants will learn how to identify and report significant and severe weather to the National Weather Service and learn how to accurately measure precipitation.

For more information, call Jim Pringle at (970) 243-7007, ext. 726, or email james.pringle@noaa.gov by April 19, or visit http://weather.gov/gjt.

Herald Staff