Thanks to all of our Sponsors
Start Date: September 12, 2011
Location: Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Temecula, California

Description: Annual meeting and Workshop
2011 marks the 11th annual Intertribal Nursery Council (INC) meeting and 9th annual INC nursery training workshop. We are pleased to announce this year’s gathering will be hosted jointly by the USDA Forest Service and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. The event will be held September 12-15, in Temecula, California.

A Call for Presentations
A few spots remain open on this year’s agenda and the INC hosts are looking to fill them (for current agenda, see below). If you or someone you know would like to present a topic, please contact Jeremy as soon as possible. In the past, presentation topics included overviews or updates from tribal nurseries, restoration efforts using native plants, native plant research projects, and conservation education efforts. Presentations will be held Tuesday (September 13). Presenters will have the opportunity to publish their presentations as papers in the National Nursery Proceedings, a USDA Forest Service publication.

Tour and Dinner
Tours will be Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday (September 13 and 14). Tuesday’s tour will include a visit to the Pechanga Native Plant Nursery followed by a traditional-style dinner from the host tribe. Optional tours to local attractions will be available before dinner is served. Wednesday’s tour will include stops at a local chemical-free nursery (no pesticides), a special tour of Indian Canyons (hosted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians), and will include the Palms to Pines scenic highway that travels through the ecologically diverse southern California countryside.

Start Date: 2011-09-12
Start Time: 6:30
End Date: 2011-09-15
End Time: 12:15

About the Conference
Nursery Training Workshop Since the publication of the USDA Agricultural Handbook 730, Nursery Manual for Native Plants: A Guide for Tribal Nurseries, the INC has initiated the teaching of Nursery Training Modules taken directly from the manual. These modules cover content from the publication’s individual chapters, in addition to the latest information available since publication. The goal is to have each module taught by the chapter’s author, or co-author, as well as provide some hands-on learning. This year’s modules will be on Growing Media and Containers. Tribal Colleges/Universities Panel Education has always been an important topic of discussion among INC members. A panel featured in this year’s meeting will allow Tribal Colleges/Universities and INC meeting participants to discuss the future of nursery training needs and opportunities for students. For example, what kinds of classes offer the most relevant skills and information to native plant nurseries? What schools have those classes? What opportunities are there for advanced degrees? Are there on-line educational opportunities? By the end of the panel, we hope to identify the pertinent educational needs, and hopefully provide some direction for both panel and INC participants.