Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES — The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Attoyac Bayou watershed.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches County and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership.

The morning session will be at the Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the bayou.

Attendees must RSVP by Nov. 27 to Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu, or online at http://texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations/.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation, and a catered barbecue lunch is available from C.C.’s Smokehouse for $10 with a reservation prior to Nov. 27. After Nov. 27, lunch is $15 payable at the door. Attendees may bring their own lunch.

Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute Extension program specialist and program coordinator in College Station, said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones, as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems.

A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou or river.

Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and discussion of local resources.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, and Texas A&M Forest Service.

Lucas Gregory, a project manager for the water institute in College Station, said the goal of the watershed partnership is to promote the long-term conservation and stewardship of the Attoyac Bayou watershed that improves and sustains water quality, protects the natural resources it contains and maintains its economic viability.

Gregory said the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership developed a watershed protection plan in 2014 to help mitigate water quality concerns.

Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent for Nacogdoches County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers over five types of continuing education units including three units – two general and one integrated pest management – for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Texas Forestry Association and 5.5 hours from Society of American Foresters. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and architects.

For more information, contact Dictson or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

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