August 04, 2008

Workshop Will Show Landowners Wildlife ‘Dollars and Sense’

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By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575  
Contact(s): Jim Gallagher, 830-278-9151, JFGallagher@ag.tamu.edu  
UVALDE – Helping landowners make the most of wildlife value is the goal of the "Making Dollars and Sense of Your Wildlife Resources" workshop to be held Sept. 12 in Uvalde, the program’s coordinator said.

"The workshop will give landowners a chance to hear what it takes to run a successful wildlife-based enterprise and the resources it takes to do so," said Jim Gallagher, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist in Uvalde.

The day-long workshop will be held at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1619 Garner Field Road. It begins with registration at 8 a.m. and will conclude shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Topics will include: creating a diversified enterprise, community-driven nature-based tourism, presentations relating to quail, turkeys, doves, deer, feral hogs and exotics, landowner liability issues, and tools for economic and operational planning.

Gallagher said the workshop, a joint program of AgriLife Extension and the Texas Wildlife Association, is designed for landowners and land managers in the Hill Country and South Texas areas, but others also would benefit from attending.

"We want attendees to know about planning a wildlife operation that will fit their personal and financial needs," he said. "That includes learning from the experiences of others so they can determine the best way to approach and run their own business.”

Registration is $30 and will include a catered lunch. The deadline for registration is Sept. 8, but seating is limited and attendees are requested to respond as soon as possible.

Online registration at http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu. Additional registration assistance is available through Texas A&M Conference Services at 979-845-2604.

For more information, contact Gallagher at 830-278-9151 or JFGallagher@ag.tamu.edu.

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