>Extension is hosting workshops in April and May that will cover placer mining and basic prospecting. Placer mining workshops will be held in Fairbanks, Delta Junction and Nome. Basic prospecting workshops are will held in Kenai, Palmer and Tok. The fee for each workshop is $50. The complete schedule and registration are available online. For more information, contact Meg Burgett at 907-746-9472.

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District Office in Palmer will offer two workshops on using resources from birch trees. Birch Bark Harvesting, Preparation and Basketry on April 11 will focus on sustainably harvesting birch bark and preparing it for use. Birch Tree Tapping on April 18 will cover selecting trees for tapping, collecting the sap and cooking it down for syrup. Registration for both workshops is available online. Call 745-3360 for more information.

>The ninth annual Don't Be Fuelish competition kicks off April 1 in Fairbanks. Organizations around Fairbanks will compete until Sept. 30 to see which group of employees can save the most fuel traveling to and from work. Participants may carpool, take the bus, bike, walk or run to work. See details on the competition at http://dontbefuelish.wordpress.com or come to the kickoff event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 6 at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Chambers.

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>Are you thinking about summer gardening already? Extension has publications to help you with seed starting, raised bed gardening, greenhouses and selecting what to grow in Interior, Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. For more information on gardening in Alaska, check out the Extension publications catalog or visit your local district office.

>Being prepared for natural disasters is a part of living in Alaska. Extension has produced three new YouTube videos to help you be prepared for and recover from natural disasters. Energy Specialist Art Nash discusses recovering from a flood and preparation for extreme weather events, while Eastern Alaska Forester Glen Holt discusses what to do in preparation for a wildfire. For more information, call your local Extension office or visit the Extension publications catalog.

>The Delta Junction District Office will host Extension Week April 6–10. Class topics range from weed control to sourdough and GPS to cleaning green. Take a look at the complete schedule and call the office at 895-4215 to register.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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