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There's still time to register for the 2005 Restore Our Streams
workshop.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with other
local and federal agencies and conservation organizations, is hosting a
stream restoration workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Raritan Township
municipal building (near Flemington), in Hunterdon County. First held
in 1998, this will be the sixth time this popular and informative
workshop has been offered to the general public. Members of
environmental commissions, watershed associations, and fishing clubs, as
well as streamside property owners, parks and public work staff,
landscapers and contractors are encouraged to attend this workshop.

The Restore Our Streams Workshop combines both classroom education and
hands-on field experience to provide participants with an outstanding
learning opportunity on stream restoration and enhancement. During the
morning classroom session, speakers discuss how to evaluate a stream
site for restoration work, choosing proper restoration techniques, plant
materials and tools, and techniques for improving in-stream habitat.
Information is also presented on the permitting process and available
funding sources for projects. The afternoon session is devoted to giving
participants a hands-on experience in applying the stream restoration
techniques learned in the classroom, to areas along the banks of Walnut
Brook, a nearby stream.

Previous workshops have consistently received rave reviews. "Best
streambank course I have attended!" commented one participant. When
asked what the most useful aspects of the workshop were participants
responded "Good visuals with presentations", "The hands on part
was great!", and "I had a blast and learned a lot."

The workshop will be held rain or shine, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Pre-registration is required and the cost is $35 per person, which
includes workshop notebook and lunch. Participants should come dressed
in field clothes for the afternoon session. A workshop brochure and
registration form may be obtained by visiting the Division's website
at www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/strmwrkshp05.htm or by calling North Jersey
RC&D at 908-735-0733.
 
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