Earth Briefs

Trails 2000 to host trail work Saturday

Trails 2000 will host trail work from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Durango Nature Studies.

Participants should meet in the upper parking lot at 9 a.m. to hear a tool talk. Participants then will hike to the worksite. People should wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long shirt and hat. They also should bring a water bottle. Additional water and snacks will be provided. To get to the Nature Studies site, take U.S. Highway 550 south and go 12 miles from Farmington Hill. At the base of Bondad Hill, turn left at the Ignacio sign onto County Road 310/318. Make an immediate left onto “River’s End Lane” and travel to the parking area.

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Chimney Rock meeting to be held May 11

The San Juan National Forest will hold an informational meeting about the proposal for national monument designation of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 11 at the Archuleta Fairgrounds, 344 Colorado Highway 84 in Pagosa Springs.

Over the last two years, bills proposing National Monument status for Chimney Rock have been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Scott Tipton.

Estimates are that national monument status would benefit the local economy by encouraging more visitation to Chimney Rock.

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Food-production class to be offered

Colorado State University Extension in La Plata County will offer a “Backyard Food Production” series from 6 to 8 p.m. on various Tuesdays beginning Tuesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 2500 Main Ave.

The is a series of 12 classes designed to help people grow and preserve more food. The class is held throughout the food-production season, ending in September. There will be four classes in May; three in June; two in July; one in August; and two in September. Participants will learn how to grow their own food including design and seed starting, harvest, storage and preservation. All classes are taught by local experts.

The cost is $130 for the entire course. RSVP is needed to allow for folders and accommodations.

To RSVP, call Darrin Parmenter at 382-6464 or email

Herald Staff