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Range and Wildlife Enthusiasts Hold Joint Annual Meeting

Range and Wildlife Enthusiasts Hold Joint Annual Meeting

Story by Troy Reinke and Jerry Gleason, NRCS District Conservationists

The Shackelford and Throckmorton Range and Wildlife Management Associations held a joint annual meeting on October 12, 2010, at the Fort Griffin State Historic Site near Albany, Texas. Guest speakers Dr. Dale Rollins and Dr. Charlie Hart provided talks on wildlife habitat management and brush control techniques.

The Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located in Northern Shackelford County on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. The site was chosen back in the mid-nineteenth century for its strategic location on the Texas frontier. Now, a century and a half later, it was chosen again for its strategic location of being the halfway point between Throckmorton and Albany. Fort Griffin is home to the official state of Texas Longhorn Herd, whose genetics can date back to the original free-ranging longhorn cattle on the Texas frontier. Also, Fort Griffin was gracious enough to provide tent facilities for the catered barbecue supper, and a replica mess hall for the evening�s presentations.

All of the 45 attendees were treated to a barbecue meal served outdoors in the cool shade of canvas wall tents. Following the evening meal, attendees moved across the historic parade grounds to the replica mess hall where Dr. Charlie Hart was ready to deliver his PowerPoint presentation on brush control in North Central Texas. Dr. Hart spoke about how landowners can begin to address their brush management problems with both chemical and mechanical methods. He also discussed post management practices of maintenance brush control and proper grazing. He also announced that a new product was being tested for mesquite control, and would be available in the near future for range and pasture applications. Dr. Rollins closed the evening with his presentation on habitat requirements for different wildlife in North Central Texas, with an emphasis on quail habitat requirements, and the ongoing research being carried out to improve the quail population in Texas. Dr. Rollins ended the evening for both the Shackelford and Throckmorton Range and Wildlife Association�s meeting by inviting everyone to come out and see the research being conducted on the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch near Roby.

At the end of the night, the attendees from both counties left the meeting full of barbecue and bread pudding, along with information to help them continue to improve and manage their natural resources. NRCS personnel from both Shackelford and Throckmorton counties, along with retired NRCS Biologist Alan Heirman assisted with organizing and facilitating the successful meeting.

Many association members enjoyed a catered barbecue meal on the historic Fort Griffin parade grounds.

Association members going through the meal line for brisket, sausage, German potato salad, red beans, and bread pudding.

Many association members enjoyed a catered barbecue meal on the historic Fort Griffin parade grounds.

Association members going through the meal line for brisket, sausage, German potato salad, red beans, and bread pudding.

Photos by Jerry Gleason