A stakeholder inspects this tributary of South Rocky Creek on the KeilseL Ranch, which is currently dry, as are many Central Texas streams because of the drought.

Ricky Linex | Courtesy

The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will hold its last workshop of the year Thursday with the group hosting a one-day seminar, “Proper Functioning Condition Riparian” at the Briggs Community Center.

The Lampasas River watershed encompasses parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties, and will be conducted by staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“The workshop will focus on assessing riparian and wetland conditions and will offer three continuing education units — one each in the laws and regulations, integrated pest management, and general categories — for holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses,” Lisa Prcin said.

Prcin is a Texas A&M AgriLife Research Associate in Temple who has spent the last four years working with local stakeholders to develop and implement the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan.

The workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

There is no charge for the public to attend the workshop, which will consist of classroom and field instruction along a tributary of South Rocky Creek on the KeilseL Ranch.

Conservation Service wildlife biologist Ricky Linex is one of the instructors for the workshop, and he cautions participants to dress accordingly.

“Be prepared for the possibility of chiggers and/or ticks,” Linex said.

“Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. We will be walking adjacent to and in the creek with some rough ground to cross. A walking stick will come in handy for navigating the terrain.”

The Briggs Community Center is at 215 Loop 308.

If you would like to register or receive more information, contact Prcin at 254-774-6008 or prcin@brc.tamus.edu. A map and full agenda for the workshop is available at www.lampasasriver.org.

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