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Prairie Facts

Texas was once 3/4 prairie and savanna. The Tallgrass Coastal Prairies reached many miles inland from the Gulf, and the Tallgrass Prairie extended from southern Canada through Fort Worth-Dallas south to San Antonio including Texas’ Blackland Prairies and Grand Prairie.

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Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015

Help Us Grow!

We are still looking for sponsors for the 2015 Southern Plains & Prairies Conference. Please join us in this important work. Together we can protect and rebuild prairies now and for future generations. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and welcome any referrals you can make to others who might want to become part of this year’s conference.

Click HERE to become a sponsor.

Free Webinar Series from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Monday, Jul 20, 2015

Webinar Overview
The free webinar series will focus on key components of landscape restoration and management with emphasis directed to the Central Texas Grassland Management Research Project. Individual topics include needs and objectives, vegetation trends by treatment type, prescribed fire implementation and procedures, long-term impacts and lessons learned. Other topics made available include soil preparation and amending, installation and establishment. The goal of this series is to help provide insight to landowners and resource managers for efficient and successful installation and maintenance of projects which have restorative features.


2016 TLTC Conference Session Proposals

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015

TLTC wrote:

Texas Land Conservation Conference - March 2016

NEW: Texas Land Conservation Conference - March 2016
NEW: Session Proposals Accepted Online thru July 31, 2015
The Texas Land Trust Council is excited to celebrate a milestone for our conference this year. It will be our 20th anniversary event and we hope that everyone who has played a hand in land and water conservation in Texas will come out and join the celebration! March 2-4, 2016 in Austin.

For our 20th Anniversary, the Texas Land Trust Council is inviting session proposal submissions for the Texas Land Conservation Conference. A long-time goal of the conference planning committee has been to offer a diverse selections of relevant topics for all of our attendees. With our twentieth anniversary approaching, the growth and outreach of our organization is as important as ever. We invite you to be a part of the celebration by submitting a session proposal to share your work and expertise at the historic conference. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, July 31, 2015.

To submit a proposal using our online system, please CLICK HERE.

More details on the event will be coming soon. Please mark your calendars for our 20th Annual Texas Land Conservation Conference to be held March 2 - 4, 2016 at the Hilton Austin Airport. Registration opens August 1st! Accepted Online thru July 31, 2015

The Texas Land Trust Council is excited to celebrate a milestone for our conference this year. It will be our 20th anniversary event and we hope that everyone who has played a hand in land and water conservation in Texas will come out and join the celebration! March 2-4, 2016 in Austin.

2015 Southern Plains & Prairies Conference - Save the Date!

Friday, Jun 19, 2015

America’s Grasslands Conference: Call for Papers and Posters

Monday, Jun 15, 2015

America’s Grasslands Conference: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation
A conference co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Colorado State University, and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Call for Papers and Posters

Conference Date: September 29- October 1, 2015
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Deadline for Abstracts: June 22, 2015

America’s Grasslands: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation will bring together researchers, natural resource professionals, ranchers, policy experts and conservationists for two days to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. This year’s conference will have a particular focus on collaborative partnerships to conserve grasslands. The conference will take place September 30th - October 1st. September 29th will be a day of optional field trips to local grasslands around the Fort Collins area.

The organizing committee is issuing this call for presentations and posters on a range of topics related to native grassland and grazing land conservation and restoration in North America. We are interested in summary presentations as well as presentations on new and innovative applied research on or approaches to the following topics:

1) Success stories and case studies of partnerships and collaborative efforts to conserve grasslands and/or promote rangeland health through rancher-supported initiatives
2) Grazing lands and the Endangered Species Act
3) Grasslands in federal policy, including Farm Bill program utilization for grassland conservation
4) Grassland-dependent wildlife (including pollinators, migratory birds and game and non-game species: topics might include status, trends, and conservation efforts)
5) Grasslands and grazing (topics might include maintaining grasslands for grazing, cattle grazing for wildlife management, etc.)
6) Monitoring and predicting grassland conversion and implications (topics might include rates of conversion and economic factors leading to conversion)
7) Use of easements and open space initiatives to conserve grasslands
8) Energy development in grasslands (topics might include wind, biomass, oil, and transmission)
9) Climate change and grasslands (topics might include impacts of climate change, adaptation needs, and greenhouse gas mitigation)
10) Wetland, riparian and aquifer re-charge and efforts to support sustainable grassland landscapes
11) Other relevant issues related to grasslands and grazing lands

Conference Structure

All interested participants are encouraged to respond to this call for presentations and posters that fit within any of the topic areas described above.
Oral presentations will be approximately 15 minutes long, followed by five minutes for questions. There will also likely be facilitated discussion time for each topic area consisting of comments, questions, and answers. Accepted posters will be prominently displayed throughout the conference area and there will be several opportunities during breaks for viewing and interaction with authors.
Those presenters chosen will be required to submit a short paper of approximately two to three pages to be included in the conference proceedings to be released after the conference.
Submission Guidelines
Title of presentation
Contact person with affiliation and email address
Presenter and affiliation
Other author(s) and affiliation(s)
Selected topic area
Presentation or poster?
Abstract of 350 words or less, single spaced

All submissions must be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Abstracts will be transmitted to reviewers for consideration. The abstract should emphasize objectives and results or main contributions to the body of knowledge on grasslands. Inclusion of tentative or final conclusions and/or will greatly strengthen abstract proposals.

Abstract reviews will be based on the following criteria:
1. Importance and relevance of topic
2. Innovation and contribution to knowledge base and/or useful synthesis of current knowledge
3. Overall quality

Abstracts are due June 22th. Notification of acceptance will be made in early July.
Abstracts from students and from all professional sectors addressing the topic areas are encouraged.

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