Katy Prairie Conservancy Sponsors Texas Master Naturalist Program
story by Dennis Brezina
The Katy Prairie Conservancy sponsored a Texas Master Naturalist training program at their field office near Waller recently. Texas Master Naturalist is an adult volunteer organization and training program sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension, partners of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program has enhanced an estimated 90,000 acres of wildlife and native plant habitats.
NRCS Resource Soil Scientist, Dennis Brezina, gave a presentation on the geology and soils of Texas. The program covered the geologic history and landform regions of Texas, the hydrologic cycle and sources of water, physical and chemical properties of soil, along with ways to prevent soil erosion.
Brezina discussed how soil-forming factors differ across the state and how the various geology, climate, and soil-forming processes have created vastly different landforms, soils, and vegetative areas in Texas. Brezina led the participants in determining soil texture of samples by feel. He also presented a rainfall simulator demonstration. Through the use of the simulator, the participants learned how water erosion is initiated by raindrop splash and how soil cover can greatly reduce erosion and increase infiltration.