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The Sul Ross State University campus in Alpine on Nov. 22, 2021. Credit: Sarah M. Vasquez for The Texas Tribune

Trans-Pecos Wildlife Conference Returns in 2022

For the first time since 2016, the Trans-Pecos Wildlife Conference will be held at  Sul Ross State University (SRSU) from August 4–5 of this year. The event will be co-hosted by  the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI), Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), and Texas Parks and  Wildlife Department (TPWD). 

The Trans-Pecos is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, but managing wildlife in  the desert is difficult where frequent drought, invasive species, and brush encroachment seem  to constantly challenge the landowners ability to meet their conservation goals. The Trans Pecos Wildlife Conference aims to address the needs of landowners and managers by covering  relevant topics on big game species like pronghorn, aoudad, bighorn sheep, and mule deer, as  well as nongame species like black bears and songbirds. Attention will also be given to energy  development and conservation planning, as well as landowner support programs for habitat  restoration activities. 

The conference will begin Thursday morning, August 4, at SRSU’s Morgan University Center.  Natural resource experts from across the region will share information with landowners,  ranchers, natural resource professionals, and wildlife enthusiasts about various management  strategies, recent research updates, and conservation opportunities for the region. That  evening, the Texas Wildlife Association will host a social at Kokernot Lodge for all participants. 

The conference will conclude on the morning of Friday, August 5, with a half-day field tour to  demonstrate various habitat management prescriptions, enhance your plant ID skills, and  discuss on-the-ground wildlife management on several private ranches. 

Costs to attend the conference are $75 for early registration (before July 25) and $100 for late  registration. Please register early, as space is limited! For full conference agenda or to register  online, visit https://www.texas-wildlife.org/resources/events/trans-pecos-wildlife conference1 or contact Amanda Gobeli (agobeli@texas-wildlife.org or 720-333-6224) for more  information.

 

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