Conservation Talk series
The Conservation Talk Series is a monthly event hosted by the Palouse Conservation District. We strive to bring in local experts to lead discussions on the issues relevant to our community. We encourage you to join in on the conversation and learn how you can be a better steward of the Palouse.
To align with social distancing guidelines, all events will be hosted via Zoom.
You may find more information about this month's talk below.
February 4th: The Threatened Spalding's Catchfly of the Palouse Prairie
Anthony Hatcher, PCD Conservation Coordinator
March 11th: Composting for Farms and Gardens
Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Soil Scientist and Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU
March 25th: Native Plants and Xeriscaping
Kathy Hutton, Plants of the Wild
The Threatened Spalding's Catchfly of the Palouse Prairie
Spalding’s Catchfly is a rare herbaceous perennial plant that grows in high-quality grasslands of the Palouse and other areas in the Intermountain West. It was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2001. Join us to learn more about this regionally endemic species and the recovery efforts underway to preserve and increase populations here in Whitman County!
Meet this month's speaker:
Anthony works with landowners and agricultural producers to implement projects and practices that aim to improve soil health, reduce erosion, improve water quality, and create wildlife habitat throughout the district. He also works on projects to restore Palouse Prairie remnants and conduct surveys for rare plants. Before joining the PCD team, Anthony worked for various conservation agencies around the country and has diverse experience in habitat restoration, soil, water and vegetation monitoring, botany, and rangeland management.
If you've missed any of our Conservation Talk Series discussions, you may watch them below. We will continue to upload new episodes to help keep our community engaged and learning about conservation throughout the Palouse.
Tami Stubbs, Conservation Coordinator with PCD, provides an introduction to the agricultural systems of the Palouse region and some of the conservation practices that farmers, ranchers and landowners are implementing to protect and enhance the working lands of the Palouse.
Dr. Timothy Paulitz, USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist and WSU Adjunct Professor, joins us to discuss basic plant diseases you may encounter in your garden or yard, how to identify them, and how to control them without using chemicals.
Our own Zack Carter talk about "Conservation with Native Plants" and how you can use them to accomplish your own local conservation goals.
Ryan Boylan teams up with WSU's Ames Fowler to talk about conservation agriculture on the Palouse, discuss some of their data, and how we can use research and monitoring to improve upon our current practices.