Area soil, water conservation districts to meet Sept. 17

TEMPLE—The annual meeting of the Central Texas Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (CTASWCDS) will be held on Sept. 17, at the Pig Foot Ranch headquarters near Goldthwaite, according to Grady Gibson, president of the organization. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Prior to the meeting SWCD directors will observe the ranch’s conservation programs relative to grazing systems, brush and wildlife management and other conservation related programs.

“Ranch owner Tommy Head along with NRCS Range Conservationist, Charles Knueper and Rodney Duus, NRCS District Conservationist will be discussing the utilization of native grasses versus introduced grasses,” Gibson said.

After lunch SWCD directors will hear updates on state and national soil and water conservation programs and issues from Barry Mahler, Chairman of the TSSWCB; Joe Ward, member, TSSWCB; Jule Richmond, President of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Al Leal, Assistant State Conservationist USDA-NRCS for Area V.

Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) coordinate the implementation and deliverance of coordinated natural resource conservation programs to farmers and ranchers. Additionally, SWCDS participate in planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. Soil and Water Conservation Districts also participate in a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush. SWCDS also work to ensure local flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance and structural repairs.

Fifteen SWCDS in the central blackland/oaks and prairie region of the state are members of CTASWCDS. Counties which the fifteen SWCDS serve include: Williamson, Milam, Bell, Lampasas, Burnet, Falls, Limestone, McLennan, Hamilton, Coryell, Mills, Brown, Coleman, Callahan, Eastland, Comanche, Erath, Hood, Somervell, Bosque, Travis and the southern portion of Johnson County.

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