May
6
9:00 am09:00

Biochar 101: Making Biochar from Woody Biomass San Juan Island

Benefits for Farms and Forests

Learn How to Make Biochar: REGISTER TODAY!

Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value branches, twigs, and other woody biomass into valuable biochar. We’ll also cover potential business strategies that are working for San Juan county biochar producers as well as findings in the latest biochar research.

This workshop is the second in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our June 24th workshop, Energy Opportunities for San Juans Woody Biomass.

Topics include:

  • How can biochar be manufactured?
  • What is biochar’s value and function?
  • What are good ways to market and sell biochar?
  • What is the biochar market like?
  • What is the latest news on biochar?

Speakers:

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am-4pm

WHERE: San Juan Island, WA

REGISTER TODAY!

All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!

For more information, go to: www.nnrg.org/sanjuans

Funding and support for this workshop is provided by:

Risk Management Agency

 

80th OPALCO Annual Meeting
May
6
6:00 am06:00

80th OPALCO Annual Meeting

TRAVEL SCHEDULE


ORCAS


Register at landing 7:00 AM
Ferry departs 8:45 AM
Return to Orcas 11:50 AM
SHAW
Register on board
Ferry departs 9:00 AM
Return to Shaw 11:40 AM


LOPEZ


Register at landing 8:00 AM
Ferry departs 9:30 AM
Return to Lopez 11:25 AM


SAN JUAN


Members coming from San Juan
Island will sail to Orcas by chartered
boat to get on the ferry at Orcas.*
Reservations Required
Call 376-3549 to reserve the limited
space available on the chartered boat.

 

ANACORTES


Register on board
Ferry departs 7:30 / 10:35 AM
Return (via Orcas) 1:30 PM


Registration begins at
Spring St. landing 6:45 AM
Board chartered boat 7:20 AM
Disembark at Orcas dock 8:30 AM
Orcas Ferry leaves 8:45 AM
Return to Orcas landing 11:50 AM
Chartered boat leaves Orcas NOON
Arrives Friday Harbor by 1:00 PM

* The ferry that leaves Friday Harbor at
6:10 AM is also an option.


If you are disabled or need special accommodations to participate in the Annual
Meeting on the ferry, please call Bev Madan at 376-3549.
*Note: The chartered boat is not wheelchair accessible and requires a
steep walk up and back down the ramp at the Orcas county dock to
board the ferry. If this presents a challenge for you, please take the
6:10 AM ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas that arrives Orcas at 7:35 AM.
 

Lopez - Procession of the Species
Apr
22
3:00 pm15:00

Lopez - Procession of the Species

Celebrating and promoting the Earth and its living wonders seems to become more vital every year. On Saturday, April 22, Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) invites the community to join in on the seventh annual Procession of the Species.  The Procession kicks off promptly at 3:30 pm, so plan to arrive at 3:00 to get set up and ogle the other amazing costumes. 

To participate in the procession, all you need is a costume or adornments that display any living thing--animal, plant, fungus--wearable while walking. Since the Procession of the Species was founded in Olympia over 20 years ago, only three rules govern costumes:  please, no written words; no motors; and no living animals. This is a free, all-ages event, rain or shine, and open to all members of the public.

Need help creating your costume? In partnership with Lopez School, LICC is sponsoring a costume-making workshop in the school's Art Room on Saturday April 15 from 10 am- 2 pm. A LICC representative will be on site to advise, assist, and provide art materials to bring your creativity to life, along with Nick Teague, BLM San Juan Islands National Monument and Erin Licata Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager. Nick and Erin can help you create your own wearable Island Marbled Butterfly wings! Children must be accompanied by their parents.

As it did last year, the Procession will begin and end at Lopez Village Water Tower Park. Animal costumes and accessories will be available before the parade, for those who haven't had the chance to make their own but still wish to participate.

Prefer spectating to parading? The Procession wouldn't be a procession without an audience, and the under-one-mile loop course makes it easy to access at several points, including the center of the Village and the Hamlet center lawn. Come on out and support the supporters of Earth Day!

Another method of participating, much appreciated by paraders and audience alike, is via musical instruments, especially percussion. Drummers and other musicians, please join in to make this celebration of life even more lively.

            The Procession of the Species is a part of a larger community Earth Day celebration. The Great Islands Clean-up for Lopez Island will take place from 9:00am -12:00pm on April 22 to clean up our roadsides and beaches.  For more information, please contact:  Nick Teague, 468.3754 or  gteague@blm.gov

Also in celebration of Earth Day, this year's Procession of the Species Celebration will provide conservation organizations and vendors an opportunity to present their information at reserved booth spaces.  Space is limited, so please contact: Tom Snowden, Conservation Booth Coordinator: tsnow210@gmail.com.  Vendors must bring their own 10 x 10 shelters, stakes, tables, chairs, etc., and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

This Earth Day celebration is sponsored by the Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) and Lopez Island Prevention Coalition (LIPC). For more information about this event contact Erin Licata at erin@sjicd.org

Lopez - Costume Making Workshop, Procession of the Species
Apr
15
10:00 am10:00

Lopez - Costume Making Workshop, Procession of the Species

To participate in the procession, all you need is a costume or adornments that display any living thing--animal, plant, fungus--wearable while walking. Since the Procession of the Species was founded in Olympia over 20 years ago, only three rules govern costumes:  please, no written words; no motors; and no living animals. This is a free, all-ages event, rain or shine, and open to all members of the public.

Need help creating your costume? In partnership with Lopez School, LICC is sponsoring a costume-making workshop in the school's Art Room on Saturday April 15 from 10 am- 2 pm. A LICC representative will be on site to advise, assist, and provide art materials to bring your creativity to life, along with Nick Teague, BLM San Juan Islands National Monument and Erin Licata Youth Conservation Corps Program Manager. Nick and Erin can help you create your own wearable Island Marbled Butterfly wings! Children must be accompanied by their parents.

Apr
8
Apr 9

BIOCHAR WEEKEND WORKSHOP Orcasong Farm

Bio-char is made from forest biomass via pyrolysis, a method of arresting the burning of woody biomass to make charcoal. It is being researched as an approach to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration.  Independently, Bio-char can increase soil fertility of acidic soils, increase agricultural productivity, and provide protection against some foliar and soil-borne diseases.

This weekend will take you through the science and latest research on biochar, but also get you skilled up on all the necessary steps to create a biochar burner, create the char, inoculate it with beneficial micro-organisms, and apply it to the garden.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE OUTLINE

Saturday April 8

  • Classroom time with Carson Sprenger discussing local forest ecology, bio-char biomass selection/forest thinning for health, types of bio-char burner mechanisms.

  • Hands-on conversion of existing empty 3 to 4 ft. diameter fuel tanks to bio-char burner units.

  • Hands-on selection and harvest of forest material for bio-char burn.

  • Hands-on burning of existing material for bio-char burn and creation in the new burners

  • Evening film on bio-char uses in various contexts.

  • Music in the fire-circle - bring your instruments!

Sunday April 9

  • Classroom time with Kai Hoffman-Krull on latest bio-char research, historical local uses of bio-char, proven benefits to using bio-char as a top-soil amendment, for carbon sequestration, and other applicable science related to bio-char creation.

  • Hands-on inoculation or “charging” of the bio-char from Saturday’s burn with beneficial microbes.

  • Hands-on application of biochar to soil in the garden at Orcasong Farm.

  • Discussion of a working cooperative model for a local neighborhood bio-char cooperative based at Orcasong Farm.

  • Our intention is to come away from this workshop with the beginning tools and connections for a neighborhood biochar cooperative.

WHO IS TEACHING?

Carson Sprenger, Forester/ Restoration Ecologist/Fire Ecologist

M.S. Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

B.S. Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College


Carson is a forester and restoration ecologist with over 20 years of experience working in the forests of the

San Juan Islands.  He has 10 years of experience conducting ecological research and is a local expert on historical fires

and pre-contact forest structure. Carson specializes in conservation/forest management planning,

forest restoration design, veteran tree preservation & care, and hazard tree assessments.  

Over the past 3 years he has been working on low-impact Bio-char production methods

with partners at the University of Washington and the San Juan Conservation District.  

He manages a tree care and restoration forestry crew and has been co-director of Rain Shadow Consulting

since its inception in 2005.

 

Kai Hoffman-Krull, Executive Director of Forage, an on-farm research non-profit

Kai studied soil science at the Yale University Farm, where he served as a manager from 2010 to 2012.  

As Director of Forage, he has coordinated charcoal research with farms in San Juan County,

the University of Washington School of Environmental Studies, and the University of Montana

School of Forestry and Conservation. He is currently converting raw forest into a farm

with his wife Sarah on Waldron Island.

 

WORKSHOP COST

Workshop, on-site camping & meals:  $125      

orkshop and meals:  $95

 

* meals will be local & organic with vegetarian & GF options

* space is limited, so register soon!

* Cancellation policy:  no refunds after March 25, 2017

 

Questions About This Event??  Email the Event Coordinator:  ashley.collins@orcasong.institute 

MARINE DEBRIS TRAINING
Jan
29
10:00 am10:00

MARINE DEBRIS TRAINING

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants survey local beaches and collect data on either beach-cast carcasses of marine birds or on the characteristics of marine debris to help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. The beached bird and marine debris programs have separate trainings, so feel free to choose one or both. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

RSVP 206-221-6893 coasst@uw.edu

COASST University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences www.coasst.org

BEACHED BIRD TRAINING
Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

BEACHED BIRD TRAINING

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants survey local beaches and collect data on either beach-cast carcasses of marine birds or on the characteristics of marine debris to help address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. The beached bird and marine debris programs have separate trainings, so feel free to choose one or both. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

RSVP 206-221-6893 coasst@uw.edu

COASST University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences www.coasst.org

Workshop: Access to Capital for New and Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses
Jan
24
8:45 am08:45

Workshop: Access to Capital for New and Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses

  • Seafarers Memorial Park

Farm businesses need access to capital whether it’s a new
business start-up, a business expansion, purchasing land or new
equipment, or building inventories to support a market expansion.
All Beginning Farmers and Food Businesses are invited....
with a special focus on lenders and institutions offering services to
U.S. Veterans, limited-resource and minority farmers, and food
business owners. Come and meet representatives of lending
programs and financial institutions that provide loans from less
than $5,000 to more than $300,000.


Participating programs and lenders include:
 Business Impact Northwest
 Community Food Co-op's Farm Fund
 Community Sourced Capital
 Craft3
 Farm Services Agency
 Industrial Credit Union
 North Coast Credit Union,
 Northwest Farm Credit Services
 Port of Bellingham Revolving Loan Fund
 Skagit Council of Governments Revolving Loan Fund
 USDA Rural Development Department


Technical Assistance providers will be on hand from the
Economic Development Association of Skagit County,
Sustainable Connections Food to Bank On program, Viva
Farms, and Western Washington University’s Small
Business Development Center. Growing Veterans will be at
the workshop to share their programs with interested U.S
Veterans.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:45AM to 3:45 PM
Seafarers Memorial Park
601 Seafarers Way
Anacortes, WA 98273


Registration is $25, includes lunch, refreshments, and
beverages.
Register at: ACCESS TO CAPITAL
Workshop scholarships are available upon request

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Lopez Energy Market Day!
Aug
13
10:00 am10:00

Lopez Energy Market Day!

Join us at our last Market Day of the Season on Lopez Island Saturday, August 13th from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Jon, Jensen and Kelsey will be there to talk about our new Sign & Drive Electric Vehicle Partnership as well as our Public Charging Station Incentive Program. Come chat with us and learn more about it! 

Monthly Board Meeting
Jul
27
8:30 am08:30

Monthly Board Meeting

  • San Juan Island Conservation District

San Juan Islands Conservation District

Monthly Board Meeting – Public Welcome. The next Board Meeting will be held from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 27th at Brickworks, located at 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Energy Savings at Orcas Island Farmers Market
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

Energy Savings at Orcas Island Farmers Market

The OPALCO Energy Savings team joins the San Juan Islands Conservation District at the Saturday Farmers Marketat the Eastsound Village Green to talk about energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. Come check it out!