POLK COUNTY -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council is inviting the public to attend its spring seminar series on topics of interest to anyone who wants to improve water quality and living conditions for wildlife, plants and humans.

The first of six free seminars begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Monmouth Library, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth.

Cindy Thieman, who works for the Long Tom Watershed Council, will talk about what landowners can do to restore and monitor riparian areas and streams on their properties. She has master's degrees in biology and in Community and Regional Planning. Since 1998 she has helped many landowners with projects on their properties in the Long Tom watershed west of Eugene and Junction City.

Other upcoming seminars sponsored by the Luckiamute Watershed Council include:

* 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Monmouth Library -- "Aquatic invertebrates and water quality monitoring in the Little Luckiamute River," by Dr. Karen Haberman of Western Oregon University.

* 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in Room 101, Natural Science Building, Western Oregon University -- "Geology and geomorphology of the Luckiamute watershed," by Dr. Steve Taylor of Western Oregon University.

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Kings Valley Charter School -- "Endangered Species and habitat conservation planning in the southern Luckiamute watershed," a panel discussion including Dr. Tom Kaye of the Institute for Applied Ecology, Steve Smith of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Annabelle Jaramillo of the Benton County Commission and Jerry Davis of the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department.

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the Monmouth Library -- "Fish populations in the Luckiamute watershed," by Steven Mamoyac of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Willamette District.

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Monmouth Library -- "Beautiful invaders: Ornamental noxious weeds of Oregon."

The Luckiamute Watershed Council, one of dozens throughout the state, is a volunteer group that aims at improving habitat and water quality by encouraging good stewardship of the land and an interest in the watershed's flora and fauna.

The council meets at 7 p.m. each second Thursday of the month at Volunteer Hall in Monmouth. For more information, e-mail Michael Cairns, coordinator, at michael.cairns@yahoo.com or see http://luckiamute.watershedcouncils.net.

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