Hill Country landowners invited to stewardship conference April 14-15 in Kerrville

The third annual Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference is scheduled for April 14-15 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville. The conference is funded by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Endowment and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said Dr. Larry Redmon, co-chair and Bennett Trust AgriLife Extension specialist.

Cost of the two-day conference is $75 and includes all meals, break refreshments and tour transportation costs. Register online or by calling 979.845.2604.

The conference will open with registration at 7:30 a.m. April 14 and the program will begin at 8 a.m.

The following topics and speakers will fill the morning program:

  • The Story of Hope, Colleen Gardner, Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve.
  • Water = Value: Riparian Restoration and Stewardship, Steve Nelle, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service retired wildlife biologist.
  • Holding on to Mine: 1-d-1 Valuation and Implications, Linda Campbell, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Scott Fair, Gillespie County Central Appraisal District.

Following a lunch, concurrent sessions will be offered with the following topics and speakers: More People – Finite Resources, Dr. Roel Lopez, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources; or Balancing Supply and Demand (Without Economics), Dr. Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension.

The groups will come back together for the final sessions of the day:

  • Managing for the Whole, Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension.
  • Managing Deep-Rooted Invasions, Lyons.
  • Managing Warm-Blooded Invaders, Dr. John Tomacek, AgriLife Extension.
  • Perspective on the Day, Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension.

The second day of the conference will be dedicated to tours. Individuals will pick from a tour of the Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County, a “Wine and Roses” tour in Gillespie County or a Kerr Wildlife Area tour.

For more information, visit bennetttrust.tamu.edu or contact Redmon at l-redmon@tamu.edu, Machen at r-machen@tamu.edu, or an AgriLife Extension agent in the region.

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