Conservation Matters April 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

IRNR and TWRI researchers in the news

Recent interviews with researchers from the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources have highlighted the impact of their work on endangered and invasive species.

In honor of World Wildlife Day, Tiffany McFarland, IRNR research associate, was interviewed by Rethinking Green, an eco-friendly talk show recorded live from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the SEAD Gallery in downtown Bryan. She spoke on IRNR’s Research and Management System for Endangered Species (RAMSES) program, which collects the knowledge necessary for the recovery of threatened and endangered species and informs landowners and policy makers on management practices that promote sustainable populations. Listen to her interview here.

Mike Marshall, IRNR extension associate, was recently interviewed by Dr. Larry Butler, host of the show, “Out on the Land,” a weekly, half-hour television series that includes video segments from a variety of farms, ranches and other lands. Marshall explained the best management practices that Bruce Berg, owner of the Rocosa Ridge Ranch in north Central Texas, has used to ensure suitable habitat for the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler on the ranch.

In a three-part video posted on YouTube, Lucas Gregory, TWRI project specialist, discusses the progress and remaining challenges for the Center for Invasive Species Control’s project to control giant salvinia. The project uses giant salvinia-eating weevils and chemical control to try to stop the aggressive growth of the plant on Caddo Lake. Watch Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

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