‘Healthy Landscapes Healthy Waters’ workshop scheduled Thursday

The Chautauqua Water-shed Conservancy and Jamestown Audubon Society will offer a summer series encouraging people to use landscaping techniques that will benefit native wildlife, retain water and minimize the need for fertilizers.

The first of these “Healthy Landscapes Healthy Waters” workshops will be held on Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road in Ashville. Jon Titus, associate professor of biology at SUNY Fredonia, speak about the importance and benefits of using native plants and the damage that can be done by invasive (or non-native) plants. He will explain which non-natives to avoid and some “workhorse” natives to plant instead. Area water quality continues to be of great concern. Come hear how individuals can make simple changes that have lasting effects. This event is free for all CWC and JAS members. A $10 donation is asked from non-members. Reservations are not required.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local not-for-profit land trust and watershed education organization that works to protect water quality through the conservation of lands that store, filter and deliver clean water to the county’s lakes, streams and wells. The CWC promotes healthy watershed practices and offers technical assistance and land consultations to landowners through its Healthy Landscaping – Healthy Waters program.

For information about CWC, visit www.chautauquawatershed.org or call 664-2166. For more information on JAS, visit jamestownaudubon2.wordpress.com or call 569-2345.