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April 19 workshop can help you turn lawn, acreage into habitat

April 03, 2007

If you own just one acre or up to 10 acres of land, an upcoming workshop to learn to create and enhance natural areas around your home may be for you.

The class is being taught from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Washington County Extension office at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown.

Participants will use a new book called, The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home, the Extension office said in a press release.

"Whether you are interested in converting lawn to forest, creating wildlife habitat, or providing a useful outdoor space for your family, this book is for you," it said.

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The book guides users to make decisions ensuring clean water, viable native wildlife populations, recreational opportunities and forest health.

Admission to the workshop is $15 per person, or $20 per couple. This includes a copy of the book and a resource CD.

Pre-registration is required.

To sign up, contact Extension Educator Jeff Semler by e-mail at jsemler@umd.edu or call him weekdays at 301-791-1304.

To see details on the The Woods in Your Backyard manual or order a copy, go to www.nraes.org

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