Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters


October 26, 2012

GBR Trust and Copano Bay SWCD to Hold Landowner Workshop

TIVOLI, TX – Landowners who have property located along streams, known as riparian areas, will benefit from a free workshop being offered by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBR Trust) and the Copano Bay Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tivoli. Experienced natural resource specialists will present the program and feature both a classroom session and a site visit.

Functional streamside, or riparian areas provide a wide range of benefits to both people and wildlife, and interest in function and management of these areas has been growing steadily throughout the state.

The workshop will include an introduction to riparian areas, riparian vegetation and hydrology. Following a morning classroom session, participants will be taken on a field trip to a riparian area to observe and discuss the principles and concepts presented in class.

Founded in 2001, the GBR Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust organization developed to conserve land in the Guadalupe River Watershed for its natural, recreational, scenic, historic and productive value. Its mission is to preserve the unique natural heritage of the Guadalupe watershed for future generations, by protecting open landscapes, working farms and ranches, and wildlife habitat through conservation easements, education, and outreach that connects people to the water and the land.

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with landowners as part of the Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) in the Tivoli/Austwell area. This voluntary effort with private landowners provides technical and/or financial assistance to improve water quality, increase water conservation and enhance wildlife habitat within priority watersheds draining into the Gulf of Mexico. Attendees will learn more about the GoMI conservation effort and how they can participate.

The Copano Bay SWCD is the local unit of government responsible for the soil and water conservation work within Refugio County. The SWCD's role is to increase voluntary conservation practices among farmers, ranchers and other land users. The local conservation board is composed of agricultural landowners who are locally elected volunteers.

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Contact Steve Jester, GBR Trust at (830) 660-3486, or or Copano Bay SWCD at 361-526-2531 ext. 3, or for details and to reserve a seat at the workshop.

USDA is An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.