Five wildlife and fisheries management meetings scheduled across the state April 23

AgriLife Extension specialists cover more territory electronically

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Ken Cearley, 806-677-5600, KCearley@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – Landowners and managers interested in sound, practical, scientifically based wildlife and fisheries management will want to attend one of five meetings scheduled April 23 across the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

Ken Cearley, an AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Amarillo, said these important meetings will be handled a little differently – using electronic resources to get the best speakers to cover the most territory on a single day.

“In this case, instead of three speakers traveling to each of the meeting locations over a period of days or weeks, we will use the latest digital technology to speak to all of the host and surrounding counties at once,” Cearley said. “Audiences will be able to interact with the speakers at the end of each presentation.”

Each meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m., starting with a welcome and introduction, followed by presentations from Cearley; Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo; and Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist at Overton. Topics for the meeting are wildlife nutritional needs, grazing management, pond management and coping with wild pigs.

Regions of the state represented will be South Texas, Panhandle, Far West and East Texas. All interested parties from those regions are invited to go to the meeting location closest to them.

Wildlife and fisheries program meeting locations and contacts for more information are:

- Wilson County, Floresville Event Center, 600 W. State Highway 97, Floresville. Contact Bryan Davis, 830-393-7357.

- Potter County, AgriLife Extension office, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave., Amarillo. Contact Brandon Boughen, 806-373-0713.

- Crane County, AgriLife Extension office, 900 W. 6th St., Crane. Contact Caleb Eaton, 432-558-3522.

- Presidio County, Sul Ross Range and Natural Resource Center, East Highway 90, Room 130, Alpine. Contact Jesse Schneider, 432-729-4746. No RSVP needed; registration from 5:30-6 p.m.

- Newton County, AgriLife Extension office 509 North Main St., Newton. Contact Aaron Sumrall, 409-379-4831.

The cost is $25 and is payable at the door of each location. Those planning to attend should contact the appropriate location by April 19.

Cearley said another meeting in the same counties is planned for the fall, addressing additional topics related to land and water stewardship as it pertains to wildlife needs.

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