Providing high-quality forage for cattle and large wildlife species can be challenging on some rangelands when vegetation becomes mature and too coarse to be eaten. This is a common problem in gulf cordgrass communities. Gulf cordgrass is a highly productive perennial grass native to the Texas Coastal Prairies. When young, gulf cordgrass can provide high quality forage for cattle. However, as it matures the leaf blades become stiff and spine-like with low nutritional value.
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tina Yturria Buford and Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Soil and Water Conservation Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2018 and February 1, 2019 respectively. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation inducted Stephen J. “Tio” Kleberg; East Foundation board member, and Dr. Fred C. Bryant; professional advisor to the East Foundation, into the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame. They were honored for their individual achievements and their work together at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.
East Foundation partner the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources has welcomed Dr. Jim Cathey as an associate director.
Antler characteristics can provide the hunter valuable insight on a bucks age. In this article, the Quality Deer Management Association highlights research conducted by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute on East Foundation lands. This research was used to highlight the relationship between, average mass at base, and age and how a hunter can use it to estimate a buck’s age.
Fred Bryant, East Foundation Professional Advisor, received the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society for Range Management’s (SRM) 70th Annual Meeting held in St. George, Utah, January 29 – February 2, 2017. The Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Society to members for long-term contributions to the art and science of range management and to the Society for Range Management.
Photographer Wyman Meinzer explored the ranch for three years, in all seasons and weathers, to reveal its story in images from sweeping panoramas, to astonishing wildlife shots, to illuminating moments in the lives of working cowboys and their herds. Henry Chappell likewise weaves the ranch’s complex story with a historian’s attention to detail, a novelist’s flair, and an outdoorsman’s keen understanding of the natural world.
David Hewitt, East Foundation Research Partner and newly appointed Professional Advisor, has been selected as the new Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. David has been with the Institute since 1996 and most recently served as the Stuart W. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research where he focused on wildlife nutrition and ecology and management of large mammals.