Range Management Society to Host Annual Meeting Oct. 10-12 in Fredericksburg

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The Texas Section Society for Range Management’s annual meeting will be Oct. 10-12, according to Ken Cearley of Amarillo, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist and this year’s Texas Section president.

The meetings will be at the Pioneer Pavilion of Lady Bird Johnson Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive, and the Inn on Baron’s Creek, 308 South Washington Street, in Fredericksburg.

The AgriLife Extension office in Gillespie County will serve as local host for the meeting. Attendees will include members statewide and the meeting will offer continuing education units to both certified professionals in rangeland management and certified pesticide applicators, said Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

“We’re proud to be hosting this year,” Roeder said, adding that the German-settled community of Fredericksburg has a rich history for visitors to explore. He suggested those planning to attend the meeting should log into www.visitfredericksburgtx.com for information on area tourism.

The Texas Section is an organization of landowners, managers and professionals concerned with range, wildlife and water conservation in Texas, Cearley said. The theme for the annual meeting is “Building on Our Heritage to Prepare for the Future.”

“And one of the best ways to prepare for the future,” he said, “is for some of us who have a considerable heritage to do what we can to help younger folks get ready to take our place someday. So, annual meeting organizers Mark Moseley and Charles Anderson, along with many others, are doing their best to make this an enjoyable, productive meeting for all ages, with that goal in mind.”

The meeting will kick off with a tour of the living history Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, presented as it was in 1918, and modern-day Wildseed Farms on Oct. 10. A mixer/social and dance will follow that evening at Lady Bird Park.

The Oct. 11 morning program will be in the park’s Pioneer Pavilion and will consist of presentations by ranchers and scientists discussing both the settlement and ecological history of the Edwards Plateau. Other topics will include how ranchers have coped with changing times, women’s heritage in rangeland management and the history of land tenure.

Afternoon presentations will describe changes in land use over time, military application of rangeland management on Camp Bullis and water use by juniper in the Honey Creek Hydrology Study.

Later presentations will include carbon sequestration on rangeland, the relationship of habitat quality to ecological sites for endangered species and “Your Rattlesnakes are getting into My Yard!” The day will conclude with an annual awards banquet, followed by a dance.

“You will not want to miss any of these,” Cearley said.

The Oct. 12 morning session will be held at the Inn on Baron’s Creek Conference Center and will continue with presentations on managing huisache, Texas native seed, new herbicides, exotic and native grass management, mule deer, nutritive value of woody plants and keys to getting goats to eat juniper.

There will be plant identification contests for the collegiate participants and the meeting attendees, as well as a trade show featuring the latest products and supplies useful in land stewardship. A poster presentation will feature many topics also that day.

Certified professionals in rangeland management will earn 12 continuing education units for attending the meeting. Certified pesticide applicators will earn three continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

More detailed information as well as registration information can be found at http://texas.rangelands.org/. For the latest details, Cearley encourages everyone to follow TSSRM on Facebook.