Conservation Matters May 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New IRNR and TWRI projects

History of the San Antonio Viejo Ranch – Phase II

This project consists of archival and other primary research to document the history of San Antonio Viejo Ranch and adjacent ranching communities with special emphasis on change and continuity in land tenure and evolution of ranch community settlements during the period from 1749–1913. This history covers the sovereignty of the nation-states of Spain, Mexico, the United States and the state of Texas, accounting for the wide dispersal of the relevant primary source material, such as documents, reports and maps. This project consists of archival and other primary research to document the history of San Antonio Viejo Ranch and adjacent ranching communities with special emphasis on change and continuity in land tenure and evolution of ranch community settlements during the period from 1749–1913. This history covers the sovereignty of the nation-states of Spain, Mexico, the United States and the state of Texas, accounting for the wide dispersal of the relevant primary source material, such as documents, reports and maps.

Funded by: East Wildlife Foundation

Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University History Department

Fort Sill BCVI – 2014 Option Year 2

Goals and objectives: 1) to map the distribution and numbers of black-capped vireos on Fort Sill Military Reservation during 2014; 2) to obtain an estimate of age and mated status for black-capped vireos on Fort Sill Military Reservation during 2014; 3) to obtain an estimate of reproductive success for black-capped vireos on Fort Sill Military Reservation during 2014 comparable with that obtained in previous years, and to include nest fates, levels of brood parasitism (if any), and young fledged per territory; 4) to assist Natural Resources personnel on Fort Sill with coordination of installation mission and management.

Funded by: Department of Defense – Army Corp of Engineers through the Gulf Cost CESU

Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Freshwater Mussels Survey of the Bosque River Spillway – Waco

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is dewatering the stilling basin below the Outlet Works at Waco Lake for the purpose of inspecting and also repairing any damage found during the inspection. As part of the inspection process, an earthen cofferdam will be placed immediately downstream of the Outlet Works, in the Bosque River. The placement of the cofferdam has the potential to smother existing mussel populations. To meet the permitting requirements of TWPD, mussel surveys are needed within the project footprint of the cofferdam to determine whether state-listed mussel species occur in the area and whether they could be impacted by placement of the cofferdam. Commercial divers who are trained for hazardous conditions will sample along transects in the project area. IRNR malacologists will oversee sampling activities, mussel identification, and relocation efforts (if needed).

Funded by: Department of Defense – Army Corp of Engineers through the Gulf Cost CESU

Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

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