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Free Public Oaks Workshop

MARIPOSA – “Oak trees are one of the iconic symbols of California open space. Dark-green oaks scattered across spring-green or summer-golden hillsides give Sierra foothill residents our sense of place,” says Becky Miller-Cripps, a representative of UC’s Natural Resources Program who works out of Tuolumne County.

She will present a free public workshop on oaks July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mariposa Board of Supervisors chamber, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa.The event is presented by the Mariposa County Master Gardeners.

Cripps goes on, “Oaks protect our watersheds and increase our property values. However, oaks are in danger from construction, land management practices, and imported and native pests.”

Cripps will discuss oak communities, how to identify the common oaks in your neighborhood and some techniques for ensuring their continuation. Reference materials will be provided and free management handbooks will be available. The presentation includes short, interactive management activities.

Funding for this event is provided by a Renewable Resources Extension Act grant.

For more information or to register, call 209-966-2017 or go online: http://cemariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener/. Registration is not necessary, but allows the group to prepare sufficient materials.

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