Program will explore wildlife-related opportunities for small-acreage landowners
The Small Acreage Big Opportunity program for landowners with small properties will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16.
The program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Wildlife Association, will be a live webinar.
Maureen Frank, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist based in Uvalde and a workshop coordinator, said even though the program will be online and accessible to anyone, the content will be focused on land management techniques that apply to East Texas.
“Our goal is to reach landowners who don’t have the same resources we traditionally think of as being available to larger operations, such as their own brush-clearing equipment or lots of employees,” Frank said.
She said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what was originally scheduled as an in-person workshop at Long Acres Ranch on the same day had to be changed to an online webinar.
“All that’s required for this webinar is to register and have a laptop or personal computer with good internet access,” Frank said.
The fee for the webinar is $25 with registration on the Texas Wildlife Association website.
Topics will include:
- Lessons from a landowner.
- Building from the ground up with soil.
- Reading your land.
- Plants as wildlife habitat.
- Wildlife tax valuation.
- Tools for land management.
- Cost-share programs.
“Another valuable aspect of the program is the opportunity to speak to and learn from local biologists, AgriLife Extension county agents and other natural resource professionals,” Frank said. “Attendees will also hear from and be able to pose questions to a small-acreage landowner who has been successful with wildlife management.”