Conservation Matters December 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

  • New txH2O showcases land and water stewardship
    New txH2O showcases land and water stewardship

    The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) Winter 2014 issue of txH2O is now online. This new issue focuses on the key connection between rural private lands, and land and water stewardship. Beginning with its beautiful cover photo, taken by Robert Stubblefield of the Texas Tech University Center at Junction, the magazine is full of informative articles, captivating photos and helpful resources.

    “Texas is losing working lands faster than all other states, and this rapid loss of working lands has tremendous implications for our state’s water — both its quality and quantity,” said Dr. Roel Lopez, TWRI interim director, in txH2O.

  • Geographic Information Systems training course set for Jan. 20-21 in College Station

    The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course Jan. 20-21, 2015 in College Station. The course will be 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the institute, 1500 Research Parkway, Room 200, in Texas A&M University’s Research Park. 

    The course teaches the range of functionality of the software and the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing and analyzing geographic data, according to Amy Snelgrove, IRNR program manager and instructor for the course.

  • Meet a scientist: Jay Angerer
    Meet a scientist: Jay Angerer

    When Dr. Jay Angerer earned his bachelor’s in rangeland management from Texas Tech University in 1986, he had no idea that his job would one day take him around the world.

    Angerer began his education at Texas Tech studying wildlife. But after taking a course on plant ecology that piqued his interest, he switched to focusing on rangeland management. He later went on to earn a master’s in range science and a doctorate in rangeland ecology and management, both from Texas A&M University.

    Now, Angerer is an assistant professor specializing in agroecological modeling at the Center for Natural Resource Information Technology within Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple.

  • Texas Water Journal to moderate water forum Jan. 20 in San Marcos
    Texas Water Journal to moderate water forum Jan. 20 in San Marcos

    The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal about Texas water issues, will present its third Texas Water Journal Forum, “The History of the Edwards Aquifer Dispute: A View from the Trenches,” Jan. 20 in San Marcos.

    The journal is published jointly by The Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization, and the Texas Water Resources Institute.

    The forum will be held 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on the 11thfloor of the JC Kellam Building on the Texas State University campus. Texas State’s Department of Geography and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment are hosting the forum.

  • More than 2,000 paddlefish released in Caddo Lake after flows adjusted

    After decades of absence from Caddo Lake, the American paddlefish, an ancient North American fish, began making a comeback earlier this year.

    In March 2014, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 47 young paddlefish from the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma into Big Cypress Creek, a tributary of Caddo Lake. After initial success, an additional 2,000 paddlefish were released in September.

  • Texas Water Development Board SWIFT application process now open
    Texas Water Development Board SWIFT application process now open

    During the 2013 legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed a bill and Texas voters later approved a constitutional amendment, known as Proposition 6, allowing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The proposition enabled a one-time investment of $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to provide low-cost loans for water projects in Texas. The application process for the initial funding is now open and ends Feb. 3, 2015.

    SWIFT provides financing for projects in the state water plan, and “will allow the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to provide financial assistance to important water projects around the state that will provide additional water supplies to urban and rural citizens,” said TWDB Chairman Carlos Rubinstein in a news release.

  • Academy for Ranch Management hosting prescribed burn trainings in February and March

    The Academy for Ranch Management will host two rangeland burning schools in February and March at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.

    A Prescribed Rangeland Burning School will be held Feb. 19-21, according to Ray Hinnant, AgriLife Research senior research associate. This workshop will provide an overview of prescribed burning and includes information on the history of fire, weather, planning a burn, fuels and fuel moisture, and equipment. The Advanced Rangeland Burning School March 6-8 will build on the previous school, providing more information on fire behavior, fire effects, and planning and conducting a prescribed burn, Hinnant said.

  • 14th National Watershed Conference coming to Fort Worth in May
    14th National Watershed Conference coming to Fort Worth in May

    The National Watershed Coalition (NWC) has announced the 14th National Watershed Conference and National Watershed Program Partner Summit, which will be held at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in downtown Fort WorthMay 17-20, 2015.

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