Conservation Matters August 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Range and Wildlife Management Field Day set for Sept. 19 in Brown County

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are hosting a multi-county Range and Wildlife Management Field Day Sept. 19 in Brown County for landowners interested in managing both wildlife and livestock on their ranches.

The program will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the McGillivray and Leona McKie Muse Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles northeast of Brownwood off County Road 478.

The morning talks will be followed by lunch, then a tour of the wildlife management area.

Individual registration is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP by Sept. 14 by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Brown County at 325-646-0386.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, two integrated pest management and one general, will be available.

"Many landowners in Texas are beginning to see the value in managing for wildlife on their ranch,” said Brian Hays, associate director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. “Landowners interested in managing for wildlife can take advantage of various incentive programs to diversify their income through good land stewardship for livestock and wildlife.”

Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agent for Brown County, said AgriLife Extension staff will discuss quail and turkey biology and management. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel will discuss Texas horned lizards, wildlife management planning and the Proposition 11 wildlife property tax exemption. A U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service expert will discuss rangeland evaluation and proper brush management techniques such as dozing, prescribed fire and herbicide application.

“A particular focus will be given to quail because of their popularity as a game species, their extreme decline in recent years and habitat that produces quail also supports scores of other wildlife species in the rangelands of Texas,” said Mike Marshall, AgriLife Extension associate for the institute. “The Muse WMA is a perfect place to see quail management in action as they have opened up 60 acres of habitat over the summer and plan to conduct brush removal on additional acreage in September."

“We are excited to share the details of a special project with Texas horned lizards that is taking place at the Muse WMA,” said Devin Erxleben, Texas Parks and Wildlife area manager for the Muse property.

Other field tour stops will include demonstrations on calculating stocking rates, plant identification, habitat assessment and a preview of a prairie restoration effort now underway on the wildlife management area.

For more information, contact Anderson at 325-646-0386.

Read the AgriLife TODAY news release.

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