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Media Contact: Sarah Bibbs 512-389-4577, sarah.bibbs@tpwd.texas.gov; Tom Harvey 512-389-4453, tom.harve@tpwd.texas.gov

March 13, 2007

Houston Holds Annual Land Management Workshop

HOUSTON — Because the future of Texas’ wildlife and habitat conservation ultimately resides in the choices of private land-owning citizens, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Cooperative Extension and the Gulf Coast and Heartwood chapters of the Texas Master Naturalists are sponsoring the “Managing Your Land for Wildlife Workshop,” Saturday, March 24 in Houston.

“The workshop is geared toward landowners to help them meet their goals for their property,” said Keith Crenshaw, a Harris County urban wildlife biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. “Anyone with land, or the desire to purchase property later, who cares about wildlife and good land management should come.”

The workshop will start at 9 a.m. at the Texas Cooperative Extension Office at 3303 Bear Creek Drive. The morning’s first presentation will educate attendees on the effects of pesticides in the environment, and a 45-minute talk on establishing wildlife cooperatives for habitat enhancement and management will follow. The workshop’s afternoon program includes presentations on wildlife watering facilities, planting seasons and how to make money through hunting leases.

This is the second of two workshops held annually in Houston to better educate landowners. Approximately 100 people attended the first workshop, “Practical First Steps,” held in early February. Participants learned how to qualify their land for a wildlife tax valuation, how to evaluate wildlife habitat quality and how to write a wildlife/habitat management plan.

Both workshops are intended to assist the growing number of city-dwelling residents who are buying rural land. Whether for retirement or simply to have a place outside the bustle of the city, those who purchase land in the great outdoors may not necessarily know how to best care for it.

“By attending these workshops, we hope landowners will find a tool or a management style that helps them properly care for their land,” said Crenshaw.

Pre-registration for the “Managing Your Land for Wildlife Workshop” is required. A $20.00 fee per person includes all workshop materials and lunch. For more information call 281-456-7029.

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