Al Cairo preparing shredded garden waste and filling the Johnson-Su composting bioreactor at Woodcock Garden. Photo credit: Al Cairo

Al Cairo preparing shredded garden waste and filling the Johnson-Su composting bioreactor at Woodcock Garden. Photo credit: Al Cairo

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  • Wed Sep 1st, 2021 2:03pm
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“Fungal Dominant Composting in this Time of Climate Change” by Al Cairo

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Join Al Cairo on Thursday, Sept. 9, for his hour-long Zoom presentation which begins at noon. Cairo, who, along with help from like-minded Master Gardeners, built a Johnson-Su Bioreactor in 2018 and 2019 at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, will discuss today’s critical climate reality and how gardeners can actively participate in drawing down atmospheric CO2. He will inform attendees about the Soil Food Web and how to build and use the Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactor to create a fungal dominant compost. This knowledge will allow gardeners to use alternative strategies to grow crops, eliminate chemical inputs, plowing and tilling.

To join online, visit the WSU Clallam County Extension website for the Zoom link at, or by phone: Call: 253 215 8782, Meeting ID: 951 3978 9694, Passcode: 791808.

Cairo earned an AAS and BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in optical methods and biotechnology from New York State’s SUNY system. He worked for 27 years at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY, and 13 years at Parke-Davis, Pfizer, Celera Diagnostics, and Quest Diagnostics in San Francisco’s East Bay area, in various fields including tissue culture virology, electron microscopy, automated DNA synthesis and sequencing, and liquid handling robotics.

The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series, sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, is held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one lecture is offered. Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar for the latest information on upcoming presentations. For questions, call 360-565-2679.

Salal permit sales to begin Sept. 8

Permits for commercial-use salal will go on sale starting September 8th at District offices throughout the forest. Sales will begin at 9 a.m. in Forks and Quilcene and 10 a.m. in Quinault. Salal permit sales dates:

September 8, 2021

November 3, 2021

January 5, 2022

March 9, 2022

Anyone harvesting salal within the Olympic National Forest for the purpose of selling must carry a commercial-use permit while picking.

One hundred permits will be available for sale at $150 a permit. Fifty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office (295142 Highway 101 S., Quilcene, WA) for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Forks office (437 Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA) for the west-side of Clallam County. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Quinault office (353 South Shore Road, Quinault, WA) for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

Those buying a permit must be at least 18 years of age and must provide a valid US Federal or State picture identification. Only cash or checks will be accepted; no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted. A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply.

A personal use permit is required for those harvesting salal that is not intended to be sold or traded. To obtain a personal use permit contact a Forest Service office.

To ensure the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic customers will be asked to stay outdoors/in their car and will be allowed into offices individually to purchase a permit through a numbered queue process. Face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, are required in all federal buildings.

For additional information about salal permit sales, please contact Mark LaGioia at 360-765-2215 or your local Forest Service office.

Pro Bono Lawyers Free Legal Aid Clinic

On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers will present a virtual legal aid clinic, a free program offering legal advice for members of the public.

Consultations will be offered via telephone or Zoom.

We are offering 3 types of service for this event:

1.) In partnership with the Clallam Public Defender’s Office, there will be consultations available for people who have been impacted by the Blake Decision regarding possession of controlled substance convictions.

2.) Public defense lawyers and volunteer attorneys will assist individuals with applying for relief from legal financial obligations for Clallam County criminal convictions of all types.

3.) Attorneys will be available for consultations for civil law matters (family, landlord/tenant, estate planning, etc.).

Legal aid clinics are geared to help those who are financially unable to otherwise access a lawyer. Attorney volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, to answer legal questions, direct people to local services that might be able to assist them and to explain the legal process to them.

Clients must pre-register for this event by calling 360 504 2422 or by emailing [email protected] People are asked to register no later than Wednesday, September 15th.

Once registered, additional directions for the event will be provided. Attendees are also encouraged to have relevant legal documents with them during consultation(s).

If you have questions, please contact Shauna Rogers McClain at 360 504 2422, email [email protected] or Mary Margolis at 360-504-2422, email [email protected]

CreativiTea: Tiny Tapestry

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites adults to grab a cup of tea (or other favorite beverage) and join friends for a virtual crafting get-together. CreativiTea: Tiny Tapestry will take place on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. on Zoom. Register at, or by calling your local NOLS branch, to receive a Zoom link and to reserve a supply kit for pickup.

In this CreativiTea workshop, sip along and create a mini tapestry on a handmade cardboard loom. NOLS Librarian Cheryl will guide you through the process. Then, learn about the local history of Coast Salish weaving during a presentation by Bonnie Roos, Librarian at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library.

Kits including a bag of tea to enjoy while you create and supplies needed to complete the project, will be available for pick up for registered participants beginning Sept. 1. All you need is a pair of scissors. You will receive an email when your kit is ready for pick up at your branch.

For additional information on programs and services happening at your library, visit, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.