2019 Poster Contest
Sep
10
to Jan 7

2019 Poster Contest

For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have celebrated soil and water stewardship. Each year, the National Association of Conservation Districts selects a theme, prepares material, and distributes them through the nation's 3,000 local conservation districts.

This year, there will be three Bastrop County Conservation District winners that will receive a check for $100, $50, and $25. All prizes are sponsored by the Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District.

This year marks the beginning of a new approach to teach the children of today the importance of soil and water conservation. The most important concept is the need for everyone to practice good soil and water stewardship. If you would like for someone to come to your classroom to put on a presentation, just call the number below to set up a date and time.

Thank you for your participation.

-Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District

(512) 321-2489 ext. 3

 

Posters are due to be turned into the Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District office by Janurary 7th, 2019 4:30 pm.

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Feral Hog Management Workshop in Rosanky, TX
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Feral Hog Management Workshop in Rosanky, TX

The Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a workshop on feral hog management Nov. 16 at the Rosanky Community Center, 135 Main St. in Rosanky.

Workshop instructors will discuss how feral hogs impact the local community and the state as well as go over laws and regulations landowners need to be aware of to control wild pig populations on their properties.

There are anywhere from 2.6 to 3 million feral hogs in Texas alone, causing more than 52 million dollars in damages every year, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“The damage we’ve seen from wild hogs has increased exponentially over the past decade, ” said Camille Wiseman, an employee of the Soil and Water Conservation District. “Not only do wild hogs reduce the productivity of farm and ranch land and cause damage to equipment, but they also pollute our water bodies with sediment and bacteria and detrimentally impact our native wildlife populations through predation and habitat destruction.”

The workshop will have demonstrations on different trapping systems and strategies to reduce feral hog populations.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20. People interested in attending are asked to RSVP as space is limited and take cash or a check made out to Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District to the workshop. Participants may earn two Continuing Education Unit credits toward pesticide applicator’s licenses through Agri-Life.

To reserve a seat and lunch, contact the Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District’s office at 512-321-2489 ext. 3 or email bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov.

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Fall Field Tour- Grazing Management Workshop
Oct
26
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Field Tour- Grazing Management Workshop

Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District's Fall Field Tour will feature Scott Nolte from Texas AgriLife Extension and Stephen Deiss of the Natural resources Conservation Service. Learn about pasture weed management and techniques for improving forage health and productivity through grazing management.

Cost is $10 per person, or $15 for couples. Please bring cash or check to event.


Participants will receive 1 CEU credit in Integrated Pest Management.

RSVP to Bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov or call (512) 321-2489 Ext. 3 for location details.

See you there!

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Fall Field Tour
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Field Tour

  • Bastrop County Soil and Water COnservation District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in McDade, Texas to learn about wild hog management practices. Speakers will discuss the effects hogs have on the landscape, different trapping systems, and the rules and regulations for controlling populations on your property. Please RSVP at bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov or call (512) 321-2489 ext. 3 to receive directions to the property location . 

 

2 CEU credits available for participants.

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Conservation Planning Meeting & Grazing Lands Soil Health Workshop
Jul
25
9:00 AM09:00

Conservation Planning Meeting & Grazing Lands Soil Health Workshop

 

 

Join us at the Bastrop County Local Working Group Meeting to help us establish local resource priorities and criteria for USDA conservation activities and program planning for the upcoming fiscal year. The Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting landowners, agricultural producers and the general public to discuss conservation topics and issues. Your valuable input will help determine how funds are allocated locally for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land.

 

Grazing Lands Soil Health Workshop will follow the planning meeting. Demonstrations and a presentation will show how soil building practices on grazing land can increase productivity, reduce inputs and protect our natural resources. Our presenter, Nathan Haile, has spent 21 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service which has given him the opportunity to evaluate soils across the state of Texas and many unique regions of the nation. For the past 10 years he has focused his efforts in improving knowledge of soil quality in Texas.

 

RSVP by July 21st to bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov or (512) 321-2489 ex. 3 or visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov for more info. Please contact 2 weeks prior for hearing or visually impaired special needs. Event is FREE to the public.

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Nov
18
8:30 AM08:30

2nd Annual Conservation Field Tour

Free Conservation Field Tour to Highlight Native Grass Restoration and Prescribed Burning in Bastrop County

When: Nov 18th, 2016

Time: Registration at 8:30, Program 9 am - noon

Location: Peach Creek Farm, 435 Peach Creek Road, Rosanky, TX78953.

 Bastrop, Texas, October 19, 2016—The Bastrop Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite landowners to attend the second annual Bastrop County Conservation Field Tour on November 18th.

This year’s field tour will highlight the native grassland restoration efforts of Dr. Gerald Baugh at his Rosanky property. “Interest in native prairie restoration is gaining steam as more landowners want to prioritize wildlife habitat or are looking for low-input alternatives to high maintenance introduced grasses like coastal bermudagrass,” said Hilary Bravenec, District Conservationist with the USDA NRCS.

Dr. Baugh was an early adopter in the native prairie movement, beginning his first restoration efforts by hand planting and seeding native grasses over 20 years ago. He renewed efforts in 2013 and has since planted nearly 100 acres to native tall grasses like little bluestem, indiangrass, big bluestem and switchgrass that once blanketed the Great Plains of the central United States, including this area of Texas. Now, some of the grass stands over 5’ tall, reminiscent of early pioneers’ claims of stirrup-high grass.

“Native prairie restoration is a noble goal, but unfortunately, it takes a lot more effort to restore it than to destroy it, especially after years of farming or the introduction of aggressive exotic species,” says Bravenec. “Native grass establishment requires planning, money, energy and luck, and it doesn’t happen overnight.” The field tour will go over the techniques that Dr. Baugh used as well as general information about native grass planting.

 Native prairies evolved under a regime of grazing, drought and fire. “Because fire has always been an essential part of the ecosystem, prescribed burning can be an extremely effective tool for restoring native prairies, improving plant and soil health, and reducing the risk of damaging wildfires,” says Jason Morris, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist in Bastrop County. Dr. Baugh is planning a prescribed burn for this winter and the field tour will discuss burn planning and preparation to safely implement a prescribed burn.

 The tour will be held Friday, November 18th at Peach Creek Farm, 435 Peach Creek Road, Rosanky, TX. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the tour will be from 9:00 am to noon. RSVP by Nov 16th at (512) 321-2489 ext. 3 or bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov. Attendance is free of charge and refreshments will be provided by the Bastrop County SWCD. The tour will include short walks over grass and uneven terrain. Please contact two weeks prior to the tour with any special needs for hearing or visually impaired.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Aug
23
9:00 AM09:00

Local Working Group Meeting and IPM workshop

  • First National Bank of Bastrop (second floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The purpose of the annual Local Work Group meeting is to bring together conservation stakeholders to discuss conservation topics and issues, and to set local conservation priorities for Farm Bill conservation programs to help farmers, ranchers and private landowners conserve and manage the natural resources.

Starting at 9am, Sarah Cusser, a UT-Austin graduate student who studies native bees in agricultural environments will give an overview of native bees and general management considerations to protect habitat in agricultural environments. Following her talk, Agrilife Extension Program Leader Dr. Larry Redmon will address weed control strategies to improve production on pasture and hayland. One pesticide applicator CEU credit will be offered in Integrated Pest Management.

The meeting will follow the presentations by our two guest speakers.

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