VANCOUVER, Wash. – Over the past 15 years, nearly 500 Clark County residents have graduated from the Living on the Land class series. The program brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage landowners. These experts give advice on pasture management, controlling weeds, wildlife, soil health, well and septic maintenance, and more.

The first step to good land management is understanding your property assets. WSU Clark County Extension Director Doug Stienbarger opens the class series with advice on how to take appropriate inventories and formulate goals.

The class then dives into soils, where speakers share advice on soil testing and how to determine your soil’s structure. Pasture classes teach rotational grazing. Watershed classes teach dealing with stormwater and protecting nearby water bodies.

“The variety of information these classes cover can help small acreage landowners deal with a variety of land management concerns,” says Amber Lefstead, extension small acreage program coordinator. “Not only do we teach stewardship practices, but also how to effectively manage your problem areas such as muddy pastures and weeds.”

WSU Clark County Extension hosts the class with support from Clark County Public Works Clean Water Program. Classes run for 12 weeks, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 29-Nov. 14.

Classes will be held in Hazel Dell, Washington, and advance registration is required. The cost is $35 per person or $50 per family (including up to two registrants).

To register and find more information on Living on the Land, visit WSU Extension’s website. Deadline for registration is Aug. 27.

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