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Wide and Open
Created by landowners for landowners, TALT's mission is to protect private working lands, thus conserving Texas’ heritage of wide open spaces.

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Tools & Strategies for
Lesser Prairie Chicken Recovery


Thursday, September 11th

The National Ranching Heritage Center
3121 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas

2 hours Continuing Legal Education credit available
Lunch provided for those who register in advance

9:30–10:00 Registration
10:00–10:05 Welcome,
Matt Brockman, Executive Director, National Ranching Heritage Center
10:05–10:30 Challenges and opportunities for Panhandle landowners:
An Introduction to today’s topics
10:30-11:00 Putting it in context:
Land fragmentation and its impact on water, wildlife and other natural resources
Todd Snelgrove, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources

The Conservation Easement as a Tool for Lesser Prairie Chicken Recovery:
A Guide for Landowners
Allison Elder, General Counsel, Texas Agricultural Land Trust

12:00–12:30pm Lunch
12:45–1:45pm Options for Landowners:
Recovery Plans for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
Moderator, Ken Cearley, Stewardship Manager for West Texas,
Texas Agricultural Land Trust

•  Sean Kyle, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
•  Manuel DeLeon, USDA-NRCS  
•  Jim Lindsay, Next Era Energy Resources
•  Shawn Wade, Plains Cotton Growers
•  Wayne Walker, Common Ground Capital, LLC

1:45–2:15pm Mitigating the impacts of Oil & Gas for LEPC Recovery:
Best management practices from the Eagle Ford
Forrest Smith, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University- Kingsville
2:15–2:45pm Grazing Management for the Lesser Prairie Chicken:
Dr. Blake Grisham, Texas Tech University

Audience Discussion/Q&A

– Adjourn –

Cost: FREE

Lunch will be provided for all attendees who register by September 8th.

To Register:
Call (210) 569-6972
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CEO Testimony House Natural Resources Committee PDF Print E-mail

Testimony of Blair Fitzsimons

Chief Executive Officer

House Natural Resources Committee hearing

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interim Charge Number 3 – Land Stewardship

Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee – I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you today. You have heard from Dr. Andrew Sansom, who spoke on the subject of land stewardship. You heard from Dr. Roel Lopez, who shared new data on fragmentation and the loss of rural lands in Texas. And you have heard from Alan McWilliams, who discussed the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program. I have been asked to share insights into what is working “on the ground.”

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