San Angelo Research Center schedules field day April 29

The Texas A&M University System Research and Extension Center at San Angelo has set its first annual natural resources field day for April 29.

Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the center located on U.S. Highway 87, just north of San Angelo. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available to each participant.

The field day dubbed "Behind the Dozer - A Comprehensive Investigation of Followup Brush Control Options," will focus on strategies and techniques landowners can use to properly maintain the thousands of acres cleared under recent state watershed programs.

“Based on the feasibility studies used to justify the North Concho project, initial brush control will not improve our water supply unless follow-up brush control is conducted and initial levels of control maintained for at least 10 years,” said Dr. John Walker, the Center's resident director of research.

“If they are maintained, the immense brush control projects under way across this region should have a marked effect on our water supply for years to come,” he said.

“The purpose of this field day is to bring landowners up-to-date on the status of these major projects and to offer options now available to help them keep their land clean. Of course, economics is a major factor that must be considered anytime the question of brush control comes up and we will be addressing that too.”

Individual pre-registration by April 15 is $25. After April 15, registration is $40. Student registration is $10. Registration fees include meal and printed materials.

For more information call the center at (325) 653-4576.

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