2019 Conservation Expo

Registration for the 2019 Conservation Expo


Click here to sign up for the 2019 Conservation Expo!

            On Thursday, September 19th, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension along with many area partners will host the 2019 Conservation Expo at a new location this year, the Parrie Hayne Ranch in Killeen, Texas. Program topics will be geared toward answering the questions and discussing the concerns of many new land owners and small acreage land owners in Central Texas. Doors at the Hilltop facility will open at 8:30 am. The programs will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 3:00 pm that afternoon. We invite you to come early. We will be providing coffee, and sponsor booths will be set up for viewing throughout the day. A BBQ lunch will also be provided for all participants. For Pesticide Applicator License holders, 3 CEUs (1 IPM, 2 General) may be offered.

The morning program will begin with Ranch Manager, Roy Hudson who will share what goes on at the Parrie Haynes Ranch. Alongside Mr. Hudson, John Macey with Texas Parks and Wildlife will talk about the ranch’s wildlife management plans. Following the first presentation, participants may either go on a guided tour of the ranch to view areas of prescribed burns, brush cutting, cedar removal, and see the oldest live oak tree at the ranch, or may remain in the meeting room for presentations on property planning and fire wise landscaping from the Texas Forest Service.

More educational presentations will follow throughout the day. Participants will get to hear from Rene Burks, an expert on Oak Wilt in Central Texas. Dylan Demuth, Corteva Range and Pasture Specialist, will talk about essential equipment for new and small acreage landowners, then Lisa Prcin, Lampasas River Watershed Coordinator, and Ed Rhodes, Research Associate at the Texas Water Resource Institute will give a briefing on two watershed management projects in Bell County. To close the program, attorney Jim Bradbury will be talking on Conservation Easements.

Participants wanting to register for the event can either call (254) 933-5305 or stop by the Bell County Extension Office at 1605 North Main Street in Belton. A $25 registration fee, payable to Bell Crops, will be collected at the door. Please register by September 12th so that we can get a good head count for the meal.

Our partners in hosting the event include the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership facilitated by AgriLife Research in Temple, Texas Water Resource Institute, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District, the Central Texas Master Naturalist, and the Bell County Master Gardeners.

If you have any question about the 2019 Conservation Expo or if you are a local business who would like to be a sponsor of this year’s program, give Whitney Grantham a call at the Bell County Extension Office (254) 933-5305.

Directions to Parrie Haynes Ranch in Killeen

You can use any map or mapping system to get to 195.

From 195 turn West onto 2670/Maxdale Road. 3.8 miles later, turn right onto North Maxdale Road (Watch for a house on *Stilts* on left as a marker).

Less than a 1/4 mile up North Maxdale, turn left on to Gann Branch Road.
You will be leaving the asphalt road, and turning onto a road base road.
Drive two miles down Gann Branch, you will cross a concrete bridge over a creek, a cattle guard, just past rock house on right, there is a fork in the road, stay to the right.

After you enter the Ranch (back on asphalt), the stay on main road to Left, you will continue up the road for ½ mile and you will arrive on the Hilltop.


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