North Texas landowners invited to conservation easement workshop

Organizers of the North Texas Conservation Easement Workshop are aiming to help rural landowners hang on to their piece of the state.

The conference will start with registration at 9:15 a.m., followed by the program from 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Parker County, 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford. 

“AgriLife Extension is partnering with the Texas Land Conservancy to provide an educational program targeted to North Texas landowners,” said Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo. “The event will focus on tools to help families hold on to their land in a changing world, while stewarding natural resources and wild places.”

Tomecek said topics to be addressed will include conservation easements, estate planning, wildlife tax valuation, and state and federal assistance programs. A Parker County landowner with an active conservation easement will also present a talk.

Individual registration includes lunch and is $10, due upon arrival. For more information, contact Jay Kingston, AgriLife Extension agent in Parker County, at 817.598.6168 or, or Tomecek at 325.657.7311 or

Topics and speakers will include:

  • Conservation Easements, Jim Bradbury, attorney, Bradbury Counsel, Fort Worth.
  • Managing for the Whole: Native Grasslands, Pollinators and Wildlife, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Easement programs, Ricky Linex, wildlife biologist, NRCS, Weatherford.
  • Landowner Perspectives on Conservation Easements, Chuck Snakard, owner, Chalk Mountain Ranch, Somervell County.
  • 1-D-1 Wildlife Tax Valuation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Assistance Programs, Jesse Oetgen, technical guidance biologist, TPWD, Weatherford.

The workshop will end with a speaker question and answer panel, wrap-up comments and evaluations.

This news release was originally published at AgriLife TODAY.

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