Conservation Matters April 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Riparian Workshop to be taught by NRCS staff May 5 in Cleburne

A Riparian Workshop will be held May 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the United Cooperative Services, 3309 N. Main Street, in Cleburne. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with the Texas Master Naturalist and the Buffalo Creek Association, the workshop will cover the basic interaction of hydrology erosion and deposition, and the riparian vegetation for North Central Texas creeks and rivers. 

Topics include channels, floodplains, water tables, base flow, flood flow, and sediment. Proper functioning condition (PFC) will be explained, with illustrated examples to promote understanding of what comprises the good health of a creek or river.

According to organizers, Ricky Linex and Ken Mayben from the NRCS field office in Weatherford will lead the training. Each participant will receive riparian resource materials as well as a copy ofRemarkable Riparian, published by the Nueces River Authority. The afternoon session of the workshop will be held in the field at two sites along the east branch of Buffalo Creek. 

Workshop space is limited and the registration deadline is April 30. The cost of the workshop is $11 per person and includes a barbeque lunch. Registration checks can be mailed to: Carrie McLaughlin, Texas Master Naturalist, 1160 Lakewood Circle, Alvarado, Texas  76009. Contact McLaughlinfor more information at 682.459.1684 or More information is also available on the Texas Master Naturalist North Texas Chapter website:

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