Free information sessions

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Cathy Scott-May

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Given memories of last year’s wet spring followed by a hot, dry summer with intense forest fires, homeowners are wondering what this year will offer. When you add in conflicts with bears and other wildlife and a growing list of invasive plants to manage, it is easy for property owners to feel overwhelmed.

The good news is the Taghum Hall Society is hosting a series of free information sessions that are open to everyone and will provide homeowners with expert advice.

Session #1 on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm will explore technologies and techniques for using less water to maintain your property and gardens.

Session #2 on Thursday, April 19 from 7 – 9 pm focuses on minimizing risks from wildfires and reducing conflicts with wildlife.

Session #3 on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, looks at plants – the good (what to plant) as well as the bad and ugly (dealing with invasive species).

Residents of Taghum, Beasley and Bonnington who attend all three information sessions can sign up for two free intensive workshops to be held in May with landscape designer Chris Holt. The workshops will support homeowners develop a plan for their property that incorporates all the knowledge gained from the experts. Those who complete a landscape conservation plan for their property may be eligible for a personal consultation with Chris Holt and other experts to review their plan.

“Rural homeowners face many challenges and it is a struggle to integrate all the information into a specific plan for your property,” stated Tom Newell, Director for Area F of the Regional District of Central Kootenay. “We are testing this approach of information sessions and landscape design workshops to explore how to best support small, rural property owners to meet these challenges.”

To host the sessions, the Taghum Hall Society has received financial support from RDCK Area F and the Columbia Basin Trust. The Society has also partnered with the RDCK FireSmart program, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society and Wild Safe BC who are sharing their expert knowledge. For more information, check out the brochure online at www.taghumhall.ca, contact the Taghum Hall Society at 778-463-1114 or email the volunteer project manager at cathy.scott-may@outlook.com

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