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How Cattle Ranchers Can Combat Climate Change

How cattle ranchers can combat climate change

Texas relies on the multibillion-dollar cattle industry for economic success and the conservation of our iconic landscape — the two are not mutually exclusive. Ranchers have a devotion to the land that sustains their livelihood, as it did for generations before them. This lifetime connection to the land is bringing ranchers and conservationists together to overcome the mounting challenges of climate change.   Read more from Meredith Ellis and Suzanne Scott with San Antonio Express-News here.

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Texas Innovation Corridor Future Development Project Launches

Texas Innovation Corridor future development project launches

Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) and Watershed Partners, a program of WVWA, jointly launched the Texas Innovation Corridor (TxIC) Future Development project Nov. 15, celebrating funding approval in October from GSMP’s board matched equally by WVWA. The $43,000, five-month project will be executed by Siglo Group, led by Jonathan Ogren, to create a conservation and development decision support tool.   Read more from Robin Gary with Wimberley Watershed here.

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Wimberley Trail Project Receives State Funds

Wimberley Trail project receives state funds

The Wimberley Trail Project has received approval of more than $970,000 in funds from the Texas Transportation Commission for sidewalk infrastructure. The money will fund sidewalks connecting Wimberley High School, Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley Market Days and the Wimberley Village Library along RM 2325. This is expected to improve pedestrian safety, increase connectivity and help close gaps in the sidewalk network.   Read more from Hays Free Press here.

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This Water Is My Water

This water is my water

An old fight over water is coming to a boil in Central Texas, a fight with all the conflict and character of an old western movie. There are farmers up in arms and big-city charmers, empire builders and nervous politicians. The very life of the prettiest river in Texas is in jeopardy, and numerous endangered species are at risk. So, some say, is progress.   Read more from this archived Texas Monthly article written by Al Reinert for the November…

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Nature Can Reduce Costs, Extend Life Of Infrastructure Projects

Nature can reduce costs, extend life of infrastructure projects

A newly published article could prompt discussion around adoption of construction designs and methods that utilize nature to cut costs, extend project lifecycles and improve ecological synergy, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. The lead author is Rusty Feagin, AgriLife Research professor and ecologist in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Department of Ocean Engineering in the College of Engineering, both at Texas A&M University. In addition to Feagin, 23 U.S. and European professionals…

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Watershed Association Purchases 74 Acres Of Dry Cypress For Recharge Protection

Watershed Association Purchases 74 acres of Dry Cypress for Recharge Protection

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) finalized the purchase of 74 acres adjacent to the Colemans Canyon Preserve on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.  This purchase secures critical recharge area for the Middle Trinity Aquifer and is within the catchment area for Jacob’s Well.   Read more from the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association here.

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New Evidence COVID-19 Is Widespread In Deer

New evidence COVID-19 is widespread in deer

A new study has found high rates of SARS CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) exposure and active infection among white-tailed deer tested across Iowa. Previously, antibodies detected in deer suggested exposure to the virus, but this is the first confirmation of active infection and deer-to-deer transmission. Researchers at Penn State University also used genome sequencing of the viral samples to learn that SARS CoV-2 reached deer through multiple “spillover” events from humans. There is still no evidence that deer…

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Texas Adopts New Management Rules For Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer

Texas adopts new management rules for chronic wasting disease in deer

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a new chronic wasting disease management rule package  Thursday, regulations mostly geared toward the state’s deer breeding industry. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff believe the update was necessary because the previous CWD rules were deemed inadequate to prevent the transmission of the always-deadly disease in the wake of a recent outbreak in more than 30 CWD-positive deer at seven facilities across the state.   Read more from Matt Wyatt with the Houston…

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Whitetails Go From Gloom To Boom

Whitetails go from gloom to boom

Things were not looking good for Texas’ white-tailed deer population in January with the U.S. Drought Monitor showing more than 90 percent of the state experiencing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions. Then came winter storm Uri in February with freezing temperatures, snow and ice across much of the state, which continued the shortage of plants for browsing and prompted significant mortality of animals from axis deer to bats, according to a report by Alan Cain, Texas Parks & Wildlife…

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Water Seed Grant Initiative Webinar Summarizes Project Progress

Water Seed Grant Initiative webinar summarizes project progress

In 2020, seven multidisciplinary teams were chosen as recipients of the fiscal year 2020-2021 Water Seed Grant Initiative, “Research, Engineering and Extension: Creation and Deployment of Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms.” The teams were selected by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Through the initiative, the three Texas A&M University System agencies have provided $1,136,627 in funding for the grants for 20 months across fiscal years 2020 and 2021, administered by Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).  …

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