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Trinity Waters hosting free land stewardship workshops Nov. 21-22

Trinity Waters hosting free land stewardship workshops Nov. 21–22 Two land stewardship workshops focusing on wildlife and habitat management in the Trinity River Basin will be held Nov. 21–22.

The workshops are free and open to the public, said Blake Alldredge, Texas AgriLife Extension Service associate in College Station and education and outreach coordinator for a new middle Trinity River project. They are being sponsored by Trinity Waters and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The Nov. 21 workshop will be held in Kaufman at the Kaufman County Library, 3790 S. Houston St, and the Nov. 22 workshop will be in Huntsville at the Walker County Storm Shelter adjoining the H.E.A.R.T.’s Veterans Complex Museum, 455 State Highway 75 North.

“The workshop will focus on developing working relationships among neighbors in the basin seeking to conserve natural resources,” Alldredge said. “Program topics will include wetland and wildlife management, ongoing conservation projects in the basin, financial assistance opportunities for implementing conservation practices, an overview of the new Trinity River Information Management System online management tool, and practices and applications relating to the use of the TRIMS platform.”

Alldredge said the information management system was developed by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources to provide landowners and land managers access to online maps unique to the Trinity River Basin.

“For those seeking to make conservation and habitat restoration decisions within the basin, TRIMS provides access to the latest aerial photographs and information such as elevation, soils data, hydrology, land use and more,” he said. “It provides data access and baseline support for projects designed to address wildlife habitat management and water quality, particularly native grassland and wetland restoration, and bottomland hardwood establishment.”

Alldredge said the workshop presentations are open to everyone, but the afternoon portion of the training session will be on the online mapping tool and is limited to 20 people, so he recommended registering as soon as possible. For more information on the workshops and to register, visit trinitywaters.org, or contact Alldredge at balldredge@tamu.edu.

Trinity Waters is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to land and water conservation by partnering with landowners to implement land-management practices specifically within the Trinity River Basin. The Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation initiative in the Trinity River Basin project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Section 319(h) Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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