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Conservation Service program deadline July 2

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado is taking applications through July 2 for 2013 funding in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Applications received after July 2 will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed. All applications will be evaluated and funded on a watershed basis, with local and watershed workgroup input on conservation priorities.

The program provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Apply at the Durango office, 31 Suttle St., or call 259-3289, ext. 3.

Livestock dog program June 12 at Fairgrounds

“Livestock Protection Dogs & Backcountry Recreation - How to Safely Share Public Lands” will take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

A demonstration of livestock protection dogs with sheep will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds pavilion. A panel discussion will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pine Room of the Extension Building. The panel will discuss the do’s and don’ts for high-country recreationists; how to know when and where sheep are grazing; how livestock protection dogs are trained; benefits of livestock protection dogs; and how grazing is managed in a multiple-use context. Audience questions will be taken.

Tree presentation to take place June 9

Participants will learn how to create a micro-climate around a house and property by planting trees that shade, buffer and produce fruit in a low-moisture environment from 9 a.m. to noon June 9 at the intersection of Roads G and J in McElmo Canyon, 7 miles west of the Cortez airport.

More than 5,000 locally grown trees and shrubs will be on display at Trees of Trail Canyon Nursery. This event is free and open to the public. Participants should bring a hat and sunglasses.

For more information and to RSVP, call Susan Thomas at 739-3158.

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