In place of an annual Sustainable Landscape Workshop, the Vail Environmental Sustainability Department has organized a free webinar series on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Vail, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, this webinar series will teach landscapers and property owners how to maintain a beautiful landscape while conserving water, creating habitat for native animals and beneficial insects, and reducing dependence on landscaping chemicals. Topics and speakers will include:
April 15- Pete Wadden- Town of Vail -Gore Creek and the Importance of Riparian Habitat
April 22- Nick Courtens and Colin Lee - Betty Ford Alpine Gardens – Native Plant Selection
April 29- Pete Wadden- Town of Vail - The Lawn Industrial Complex
May 6- Paul Cada- Vail Fire- Wildfire Preparedness and Defensible Space
May 13- Chris Wolff- Eagle River Water & Sanitation District- Outdoor Water Efficiency
May 20- Shawn Bruckman- The Ground Up- Maintaining Healthy Soils
May 27- John Giordanengo and Sarah Smith – AloTerra – Principles of Riparian Restoration
Since 2012, Gore Creek has been identified as an impaired stream by state regulators due to a decline in aquatic macroinvertebrates. Historically, landscaping practices in Vail have been a contributing factor in Gore Creek’s decline but changing practices in recent years have led to an upward trend in aquatic life. Learn how to become a part of the solution while incorporating beautiful native plants and sustainable techniques into your landscape design and maintenance.
To RSVP for one or more of the weekly webinars, contact Pete Wadden, Town of Vail watershed education coordinator, at email@example.com for log-in information.