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Regenerative Ranching Is Better For The Environment, But Can It Be Profitable?

Regenerative ranching is better for the environment, but can it be profitable?

Meredith Ellis harbors no illusions when it comes to the demands of running a cattle ranch. As she offers me a cozy blanket to keep warm during our “buggy” ride on her Kawasaki Mule around her family’s three-thousand-acre G Bar C Ranch on a crisp December morning, she tells me she has “about a hundred items” on her to-do list. Ellis, forty, isn’t complaining; she just knows what it takes to do what she loves, and to do it well.…

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How A Texas Songbird And Its Endangered Status Became The Center Of A Fight Over The Hill Country

How a Texas songbird and its endangered status became the center of a fight over the Hill Country

When a group of researchers at Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute published the first peer-reviewed study that surveyed the presence of a brightly colored Texas songbird across a huge swath of Texas, the results were astounding: The population of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler in the state was estimated to be 10 times larger than previously thought. Read more from Erin Douglas with The Texas Tribune here.

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Feral Hog Management To Include Bounty Program In Hays County For 2022

Feral hog management to include bounty program in Hays County for 2022

Hays County will be continuing countywide feral hog management efforts in 2022 after receiving a $7,500 grant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wildlife Services. The Hays County program will include a five-dollar bounty on feral hogs, one workshop, one webinar, a countywide survey and damage assessment and the continuation of a volunteer-led trapping effort. Read more from the Central Texas Feral Hog Task Force here. 

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Covid Is Rampant Among Deer, Research Shows

Covid is rampant among deer, research shows

Humans have infected wild deer with Covid-19 in a handful of states, and there’s evidence that the coronavirus has been spreading among deer, according to recent studies that outline findings that could complicate the path out of the pandemic. Read more from Evan Bush with NBC News here.

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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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