MIDDLETOWN - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County will offer a Homeowner Land Management Workshop on July 18.

Private land ownership represents an  opportunity for natural resource conservation and enhancement, but even with the best intentions, this opportunity doesn’t guarantee a good result. Whether you own acres of forest and grassland or a 100-square-foot grass strip next to the road, you are a land manager, and keeping the land healthy requires the same approach of working with natural systems and processes.

Topics discussed in the class include: water management, building considerations, considerations for turf and landscape plants, invasive species management, wildlife enhancement and management, common types of residential pollutants and mitigation strategies, and nutrient cycling.

“In order to work with nature, we have to understand it. The goal of this program is to address the most important challenges to and opportunities of land ownership in the context of environmental health. We will learn which practices to minimize or avoid and which ones to expand or begin, so that our land is aesthetically pleasing, but also ecologically healthy,” said Erik Schellenberg, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County’s commercial horticulture and natural resources educator.

The class will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. July 18 at 18 Seward Ave., Suite 300, in Middletown. The cost is $30 per person. The deadline for registration is July 17. Registration is available online at cceorangecounty.org, or contact Jill Van Aken at 344-1234 or jd863@cornell.edu.