Conservation Cooperative to Host Open House
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-2800
The Big Bend Conservation Cooperative (BBCC) and participating agencies will host an open house on Dec 20th at the Espino Conference Center within the Morgan University Center of Sul Ross University's campus in Alpine, Texas. The open house will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and Sul Ross State University will be available for questions and answers regarding programs designed to support and increase conservation on public and private lands within the region. Agency personnel will field questions about topics including Rio Grande management, the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, and the status of the Boquillas Port of Entry initiative. Additionally, information will be available about conservation project funds for private lands through federal and state programs.An example of recent work by the BBCC includes working with Mexico to develop binational conservation projects that address Rio Grande and watershed conservation issues. Funds for binational projects are provided by U.S. and Mexico agencies and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is working with federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic partners, and private landowners to develop a binational Conservation Assessment for the region. The purpose of this document is to identify and prioritize natural resource management questions, research, monitoring, as well as management tools. The Conservation Assessment is non-regulatory and will provide a foundation to build voluntary opportunities for collaboration, as well as landowner incentive programs, for conservation projects amongst partners from all sectors of society.