Bastrop County Conservation Partners Host Annual Conservation Workshop and Awards Banquet

When: August 1, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: First National Bank Conference Room, 489 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX 78602

Bastrop, Texas, July 5, 2018—The Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cordially invite the public to attend the Annual Conservation Workshop and Conservation Awards Banquet to be held August 1, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First National Bank Conference Room in Bastrop at 489 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX 78602. This year’s workshop will feature sessions about Agricultural and Wildlife Tax Exemption requirements in Bastrop County.

The Bastrop County Central Appraisal District will present on the qualifications and details landowners need to know in order to convert and maintain agriculture and wildlife tax exemption status. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will go into more detail about the process of creating a habitat management plan (a requirement for a wildlife tax exemption) and ways to prioritize target wildlife species.

The Annual Conservation Planning Meeting will follow. The meeting is an interactive way for stakeholders to offer input that guides Farm Bill conservation program funding in Bastrop County. Participants vote on conservation priorities and can bring up topics and issues relevant to helping Bastrop County farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources. Farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and others interested in obtaining federal technical and financial assistance to improve private lands are invited to participate.

The workshop will end with the Awards Banquet and Reception that will highlight the Bastrop County Conservation Rancher of the Year, Dan White, the Conservation Partner of the Year, LCRA, and the Conservation Poster Contest winners and scholarship awardee. There will also be a farewell to Jason Morris, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, who is continuing his career in graduate school.

Please RSVP by July 27th to plan for seating and refreshments to bastropcounty@swcd.texas.gov or 512-321-2489 ex. 3. Attendance is free of charge. For more information, please contact Hilary Bravenec, District Conservationist, at the number above or visit the Bastrop County SWCD website at http://www.bastropswcd.org or the NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/. Please contact 2 weeks prior to the meeting with any special needs for hearing or visually impaired.

 

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