National 4-H Science Day: 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge
All 4-Hers and their families and friends are invited to the National 4-H Science Day Open House at NRAO’s Green Bank Science Center Thursday, October 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., which includes a free pizza party beginning at 5:45. Youth will assemble their own Eco-Bot and then discover how the robot functions and how it can be used to preserve and protect the environment. To register, or for more information, call 304-456-2150, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come, join the fun!
Pocahontas Producers Fall Sale Schedule for 2012
Friday, September 28 - 7:30 p.m. - Steer Calf Sale
Friday, October 5 - 7:30 p.m. - Heifer Calf Sale
Saturday, October 13 - 2 p.m. - Regular Sale
Friday, October 26 - 7:30 p.m. - Clean-up Calf Sale
Saturday, October 27 – 2 p.m. - Regular Cow Sale
Saturday, November 10 – 2 p.m. - Regular Sale
Saturday, December 8 – 2 p.m. - Regular Sale
For more information, contact PPCA Manager Sherry Sullenberger at 540-499-2718 or the WVU Extension Office at 304-799-4852.
NRCS and FWS extend Wildlife Conservation Efforts to working agricultural lands
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced an agreement providing long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to farmers and forest landowners participating in NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative. WLFW uses a voluntary, innovative and proactive approach with farmers and forest managers to benefit high-priority habitat for seven species of wildlife that are at-risk or candidate/listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) while helping their operations remain viable and productive.
Working Lands for Wildlife gives peace of mind to farmers and forest landowners. As long as they maintain proven conservation practices on their land that benefit WLFW species, they can rest assured they will remain compliant with ESA regulatory responsibilities for up to 30 years. Through WLFW, landowners can receive technical and financial assistance by volunteering to restore habitat for specific species on their land.
“We are working to remove the fear around the Endangered Species Act and to empower private landowners across the country to keep working lands working while simultaneously protecting and sustaining at-risk species,” said NRCS State Conservationist Kevin Wickey. WLFW is focusing on seven selected species throughout the country including the golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) here in West Virginia.
The golden-winged warbler and many other species, like ruffed grouse or woodcock, use shrubby early successional habitats for breeding. These areas include idle vegetated areas, forest clear-cuts, alder swamps, areas harvested for timber, utility right-of ways, and similar areas. The decline in the availability of these habitats may be caused by development, re-forestation of farmland, fire suppression, and changes in agricultural and forestry practices.
For more information about Working Lands for Wildlife, please visit http://go.usa.gov/rsUj
Interested producers and landowners in priority areas can enroll at their local NRCS field office.
Applications within the priority habitat areas (private lands 2,000 to 3,200 feet in elevation) will receive highest consideration. High priority counties are Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker. Medium priority counties are Barbour, Fayette, McDowell, Nicholas, Preston, Raleigh, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Webster, and Wyoming.