Woodland by Mary Kieseau

Woodland by Mary Kieseau

All about local botany

“Botany — the Basics & Beyond” is the Methow Conservancy’s 10th annual Methow Conservation Course, beginning on Feb. 10 and meeting on Mondays through March 17 at the Twisp River Pub (the course will be held on Tuesday at Aero Methow Rescue Service during the week of Presidents Day).

Cost of the course is $165. Classes meet from 6 – 8:30 p.m.; an optional dinner is available from 5:30 – 6 p.m. for an additional fee. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, or to register for the course, call 996-2870 or go to www.methowconservancy.org.

The course is designed to help people learn the particular characteristics of many plant families in the Methow Valley and North Cascades, according to information from the Conservancy. Instructors include Susan Ballinger, Rosalee and Xavier de la Foret, Stewart Hougen, Mary Kiesau, Dana Visalli and George Wooten.

Chip seal project on Highway 20

An 18.5-mile stretch of Highway 20 from milepost 209 to 227 will be part of a $15.5-million project to chip-seal about 238 miles of highways in North Central Washington this year, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced last week.

Ten highways in Okanogan, Grant, Adams, Chelan and Douglas counties will be included in the project. The Highway 20 project closest to the Methow is on the segment between Twisp and Okanogan, over Loup Loup Pass. The projects are expected to begin in spring and take about seven months to complete. Central Washington Asphalt is the contractor.

4-H basic training

A basic 4-H training session will be held Tuesday (Feb. 11) at 5 p.m. in the WSU Okanogan County Extension 4-H Office. The free training covers all aspects of 4-H including starting and managing a 4-H club. Seasoned 4-H adult volunteers, 4-H teen leaders, parents of 4-H’ers or individuals just wanting to learn more about 4-H are all welcome to attend. Sign up by calling (509) 422-7245 or email afagerlie@wsu.edu.

Benefit for Trusting Spirit

A fundraising dinner for Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue will be held on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub. Cost is $15. TR Stewart will provide musical entertainment. The event is sponsored by Friends of Trusting Spirit to help purchase hay for the facility in Orondo. For more information, call (509) 279-8717.

Conservation celebration

The Okanogan Conservation District will host a conservation celebration on Feb. 19 at the Okanogan Grange Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dennis Carlton of Smallwood Farms. Cost is $17. RSVP by Feb. 10 at (509) 422-0855 ext. 111 or email kims@okanogancd.org.