17th Oct, 2012

Rangeland Management Meeting Held in Fredericksburg

Numerous meetings affecting Texas Hill Country landowners come right to Fredericksburg. Last week, the AgriLife Extension Office in Gillespie County served as the local host for the Annual Meeting of Texas Section Society for Range Management. The Texas Section consists landowners, managers, and professionals of all ages who deal with rangeland, wildlife, and water conservation.

Owners of Texas ranches and Fredericksburg real estate opened their properties for tours by participants. At the outset, participants took tours of Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history experience of Fredericksburg 1918. They also toured Wildseed Farms. Members of the Society from throughout Texas were treated to a splash of German heritage.

Most of the presentations were held at Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and at the Inn on Baron’s Creek. Events focused on a broad spectrum of useful information, including:

  • Settlement and ecological history of the Edwards Plateau
  • Ranchers coping with changing times
  • Women’s heritage in rangeland management
  • History of land tenure
  • Changes in land use over time
  • Military application of rangeland management on Camp Bullis
  • Water use by Juniper in the Honey Creek Hydrology Study
  • Carbon sequestration on rangeland
  • Relationship of habitat quality to ecological sites for endangered species
  • Rattlesnakes in the yard
  • Managing huisache trees
  • Texas natives saved
  • New herbicides
  • Exotic and native grass management
  • Mule deer
  • Nutritive value of Woody plants
  • Getting goats to eat juniper

A plant identification contest challenge meeting attendees and collegiate participants. Attendees also intermingled at a tradeshow, learning what latest products and supplies may be useful in land stewardship.

Certified professionals in rangeland management were also able to obtain 12 continuing education units at the annual meeting. Certified pesticide applicators could earn three continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The annual meeting convened around the theme of “Building on Our Heritage to Prepare for the Future.” Meetings began Wednesday, October 10, 2012 and continued through Friday, October 12, 2012. On Thursday evening, attendees attended the annual awards banquet and dance. Wildlife specialist Ken Cearley of Amarillo is the 2012 president of the Texas Section Society for Range Management.

On another note, the Sheep and Goat Predator Management Board is currently electing three producers to represent the sheep and goat raisers in a 111-County area. Ballots must be returned to the board office in San Angelo by October 26. Producers vote in the district where they live. Gillespie County is in District 3.

To find out about Texas Hill Country homes and ranches for sale, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate in Fredericksburg at (830) 992-0056.

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