Stewardship workshop for Texas landowners and contractors June 15 in Lampasas

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LAMPASAS – A brush management and land stewardship training workshop will be held June 15 in Lampasas in an effort to enhance environmental sustainability, contractor profitability and landowner satisfaction, coordinators said.

The training is co-sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and local entities.

The Land Stewardship Training Program is $10 per person and includes lunch. The workshop will be held at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 U.S. Highway 281. Preregistration is required, and the workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Visit http://www.lampasasriver.org to register for this program. A workshop agenda and more information about the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership can also be found there.

The workshop will provide common-sense principles for farm and ranch contractors and landowners, said Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research watershed coordinator for the Lampasas River Watershed.

The focus of the workshop is for contractors and landowners who want to learn more about carefully planned management activities and implementing conservation practices that will minimize soil erosion, protect water resources, enhance wildlife species and maintain land health and productivity, said Lori Hazel, forest service water resources forester in Temple.

A field tour on a local ranch that has utilized different brush management practices will follow the program.

Contractors or landowners conducting soil and water conservation and vegetation management operations to improve rangeland productivity, aesthetics and wildlife habitat can benefit from the program, said Rick Cantu, USDA district conservationist in Lampasas.

“Attendees will also hear information about water resource protection, wildlife management and invasive species,” said Hazel. “In addition, contractors will learn about pipeline safety and financial incentive programs available to landowners who implement conservation practices.”

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits for non-commercial pesticide applicators license will be offered — one integrated pest management, one laws and regulations and one general.

“Brush management in environmentally sensitive areas was identified by the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership as a way for landowners to help improve water quality in the watershed,” Prcin said. “This workshop is part of the outreach and education strategy of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan.”

The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, coordinated by AgriLife Research, consists of residents and other stakeholders from across the watershed.

“The partnership has worked diligently to develop a watershed protection plan to address water quality concerns within the watershed by evaluating water quality issues and making recommendations for voluntary pollutant load reductions and management measures,” Prcin said.

“We hope others will join AgriLife Research, the Texas Wildlife Association, Texas A&M Forest Service, Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Earth Partners, USDA-NRCS and the Earthmoving Contractors Association of Texas for this opportunity.”

For more information, contact Hazel at lhazel@tfs.tamu.edu or 254-742-9874 or Prcin at lprcin@brc.tamus.edu or 254-774-6008.

The facilitation of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership and development of the watershed protection plan is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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