Conservation Matters November 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Feral hog workshop set for Nov. 22 in Gatesville

Feral hog workshop set for Nov. 22 in Gatesville

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Hamilton and Coryell counties will conduct a feral hog workshop on Nov. 22 at the Gatesville Civic Center, 301 Complex Circle, Gatesville. The program will open with registration at 7:30 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m. The program, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP by Nov. 18, call Chelsea Dorward, AgriLife  Extension agent in Hamilton County, at 254.386.3919; Pasquale Swaner, AgriLife Extension agent in Coryell County, at 254.865.2414; or Dan Gaskins, AgriLife Extension assistant, Gatesville, at 254.248.0562. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.

“This program is being held in the Leon River Watershed in Coryell and Hamilton counties as a part of their County Hog Abatement Matching Program or CHAMP,” Gaskins said.

“CHAMP is a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture meant to assist counties with feral hog abatement,” Gaskins said. “Coryell, Hamilton, Falls, Milam and Bell counties received a total of $25,000 in state funds that they must match for a total of $50,000 or $10,000 per county. Since part of that money must be used for educational purposes, Hamilton and Coryell counties are going together to fulfill that requirement through this workshop.”

Gaskins said the counties have put together a concise program with talks planned that mainly deal with the components of successfully managing feral hog populations. The day will include a presentation on feral hogs and the Leon River Watershed by Mike Marshall, Leon River Watershed coordinator and Extension associate with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

This event is provided through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, read the full news release at AgriLife TODAY.

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