Conservation Matters October 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Free recap of Trinity Summit available

Free recap of Trinity Summit available

If you missed the Trinity River Land and Water Summit on Oct. 2 in Athens, it’s not too late to catch a summary of the speakers, summit officials say. Blake Alldredge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service associate in College Station, said a complete summary of the summit along with the day’s presentations are posted at

The summit was conducted by AgriLife Extension and Trinity Waters with the goal of working with landowners and other stakeholders in the middle Trinity River basin to prioritize watersheds for future planning efforts and to develop monitoring strategies in those watersheds, Alldredge said.

 “We had a great turnout and some truly outstanding presentations,” he said. “Bob McCan, president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association of Victoria, and Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, were our keynote speakers.

“Both McCan and Staples said that private land stewardship results in greater land productivity and sustainability for landowners,” Alldredge said. “They emphasised that such efforts can benefit the 45 percent of all Texans who depend on the Trinity River to meet their water needs. And an interactive presentation indicated that the vast majority of attendees was in agreement with them and saw the need for more watershed and water quality management education.”

This summit was held as part of the Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project, managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, through a Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Check out the event recap at, and learn more from the full AgriLife TODAY news release.

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