Conservation Matters September 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Wednesday in Austin: ‘No land, no water’ event

Wednesday in Austin: ‘No land, no water’ event

The Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) is presenting a forum, “No Land, No Water: Tools and Strategies for Conserving Land to Protect Water Resources,” Oct. 1 in Austin.

The free, one-day event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Extension Auditorium. Blair Fitzsimons, TALT’s chief executive officer, will speak on land loss and fragmentation and how those problems affect water resources.  

Dr. Roel Lopez, Texas A&M Institute of Renewal Natural Resources director, will present findings from a new Texas Land Trends study. Texas Land Trends is an interactive website and database detailing current land use trends within the state and the impacts of rural land loss and fragmentation on water, agriculture and other natural resources. 

Allison Elder, TALT’s general counsel, will discuss conservation easements and their benefits and drawbacks, and how they can be an effective tool for land and water conservation.

Fitzsimons and Alan McWilliams, director of uplands surface leasing for the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation program in the Texas General Land Office, will provide an overview of funding strategies from other states and how state money can leverage federal funding. They will also profile the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program.

Dr. Francine Romero, San Antonio Aquifer Protection Initiative board chair, and Fitzsimons will discuss how two of the largest cities in the United States have protected their water supply and boosted their regional agricultural economies.

A continuing Legal Education credit of 1.0 hours will be offered by the State Bar of Texas. For more information, visit

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