Conservation Matters April 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Riparian area grazing workshop set May 10 in Ennis

Formerly degraded riparian areaThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will partner with several other agencies and entities to conduct a grazing workshop to focus on riparian areas May 10 in Ennis.

“With most of the land in the Trinity River basin under cattle production, this workshop is designed especially for cattle producers who have creeks or rivers on their property,” said Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension associate with the Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The program will be from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Ennis, located at 429 S.E. Interstate 45 Frontage Road south of Ennis.

“It’s important for landowners to understand how these systems work and how to properly manage them,” he said. “Good land stewardship in these areas can provide long-term sustainability and increased land productivity for landowners and have positive effects on the quality and quantity of water for both rural and urban populations.”

Alldredge said AgriLife Extension will be joined in the effort by The Texas Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, the Texas Section Society for Range Management and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Alldredge said riparian areas are transitional margins between uplands and streams where vegetation is strongly influenced by the presence of water.

“Basically, riparian areas are the band of more productive plant communities along creeks and rivers,” he said. “They have important features that make them very valuable for landowners as well as downstream water users, yet their management is poorly understood. Our aim with this workshop is to raise awareness of riparian management among landowners and other water users for their mutual benefit.”

Individual registration is $10 and includes a barbecue lunch. The workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants, and an RSVP is required.

For more information and to RSVP contact Alldredge or 979.845.0916, or see the full AgriLife TODAY article.

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