Conservation Talk series

The Conservation Talk Series is a monthly event hosted each winter 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. 

The Conservation Talk Series Program will resume in Fall 2021. All recordings from Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 discussions may be found below. Thank you for your support and interest!

Cara Haley, City Engineer for the City of Pullman, discusses the state of our aquifer and how you can help save water on the Palouse.

Kathy Hutton of Plants of the Wild discusses how to use native trees and shrubs in your next landscaping project.

Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, soil scientist and professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU, discusses ideal composting process and materials, as well as common limitations, realistic expectations, and appropriate uses for different composts.

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. Join Anthony Hatcher, Conservation Coordinator with PCD, to learn more about this regionally endemic species and the recovery efforts underway to preserve and increase populations here in Whitman County!

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.