Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month. “In Pierce County, we have many scenic vistas of mountains and Puget Sound reflected in our public waters,” said Pat McCarthy, county…

Herbicides sprayed into sensitive waterway in Pioneer Valley April 16

By Marianne Lincoln It was a Thursday morning, no different than any other. I was on my way to work heading  down the hill from McGee’s Guest Home on Eustis Hunt Road into Pioneer Valley. Below me was the oxbow that flows through the valley into the Frederickson area and the Chambers Clover Creek system….

May at Chase Garden

It’s an Amazing May at Chase Garden: Anemones, Moms, Military, Music – and Memories ORTING, Wash.— During the month of May – just as the Chase Garden hits its springtime color peak – activities of all kinds are also sprouting up on the garden grounds: Unusual double-flowered white anemones are just one example of rare…

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 30, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used. Workers…

Cooking and nutrition education series

Hello, I work for WSU Pierce County Extension and we are partnering with Trinity Lutheran Church to provide a 3-lesson cooking and nutrition education series in the near future.  Would you mind adding our event to your calendar?    The class details are as follows: The correct dates for the classes are: Wednesdays, April 8th, 15th…

INVASIVE PLANTS TRAINING SCHEDULE

2015 EARLY DETECTION, REPORTING AND IDENTIFICATION OF INVASIVE PLANTS TRAINING SCHEDULE in WA/OR (March-June)                                                                      About the Program The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization (http://www.pnw-ipc.org/) working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other state and local groups on a…

Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry. About 200 people attended Pierce County’s second Farm Forum to learn more about agritourism and direct market sales, as well as to network with potential business partners. “We…

Superintendent calls on Pierce County to reconsider zoning changes

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — Superintendent Tom Seigel has taken a stand against Pierce County’s efforts to make land zoning changes. By designating more property as Agricultural Resource Lands (ARL) there will be an adverse impact Bethel and several other county school districts.  Today, in a letter to the County Executive and County Council, Seigel outlined the problems…