Registration is now taking place for a free workshop on sustainable landscaping practices scheduled for Thursday, April 27 in Vail. This free, day-long workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Sponsored by the Town of Vail, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, this is the second year for the training and coincides with expanded educational programming identified in the Town of Vail Gore Creek Strategic Action Plan.
Landscape contractors, commercial applicators, designers, architects and property managers are encouraged toregister in advance to attend. The program is limited to 50 partners. Lunch will be provided as well as free parking. The workshop will include presentations on creek-friendly landscape design and maintenance techniques, including best practices on using any type of pesticide. Attendees will have their names and businesses listed as partners in Vail’s Restore the Gore efforts.
Since 2012 Gore Creek has been identified as an impaired stream by state and federal regulators due to the decline in aquatic life. Scientists have determined the impact is due to degradation and loss of riparian buffer areas, impacts of urban runoff and pollutants associated with land use activities. The Restore the Gore Strategic Action Plan, adopted by the Vail Town Council in 2016, includes an emphasis on community awareness as well as strategies for regulatory measures, site-specific projects, best management practices and an ongoing monitoring program.
To RSVP for the upcoming workshop, contact Peter Wadden, the town’s watershed education coordinator, at email@example.com, by Monday, April 24. For additional details, call 970-479-2144 or visit lovevail.org/gorecreek.