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Coastal Prairie Management and Conservation

  Key Topics & Learning Objectives
 

Current Issue: Coastal Prairie Management

Background Information

Key Topics

  1. What is a coastal prairie?
  2. History of coastal prairie in Texas
  3. Multiple uses of coastal prairie
  4. Coastal prairie management—principles, strategies and tools
  5. Prairie conservation
  6. Prairie restoration, seed harvesting and storage
  7. Wetlands and flood management—the role of coastal prairie
  8. Species recognition
  9. Impact of loss of wild spaces, e.g., Nature Deficient Disorder
  10. How can coastal prairie management be used to maintain a balanced plant community to support livestock, Attwater's prairie chicken, as well as other wildlife and land uses?
  11. How can coastal prairie managers balance livestock production (grazing) with the maintenance of water quality?

Learning Objectives

  1. Characteristics (biotic and abiotic) and location of coastal prairie in the Western Gulf region and how it is currently managed.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how abiotic and biotic factors affect prairie conditions/health and strategies and tools that promote sustainable coastal prairies.
  3. Describe the various entities responsible for managing coastal prairies—private, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  4. Ways to protect water quality within coastal prairie management.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of grazing systems and how grazing is used as an effective management tool to reduce the spread and impact of noxious weeds, reduce catastrophic wildfires, and improve wildlife habitat.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of coastal prairie plants, including identification, growth form, life span, season of growth, origin, and forage value.
  7. How different ecosystems (wetland, riparian, and upland areas) within the grasslands interact.
  8. How the use of the land by humans, domestic livestock, and wildlife affects the plant community.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of multiple use on prairie (social, economic and ecological values).
  10. The rights of private landowners and citizens’ related to public land.

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Western Rangeland Management

  Key Topics
 
  1. What are rangelands?
  2. History of rangelands
  3. Multiple uses of rangelands (social, economic, and ecological values)
  4. Rangeland management (principles, strategies, and tools)
  5. Becoming a range professional
  Learning Objectives
 
  1. Describe the biotic and abiotic characteristics of rangeland biomes.
  2. Discuss rangeland history and how it influences decisions today.
  3. Describe the various entities responsible for managing rangeland—private, state and federal
    agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of multiple use on rangeland (social, economic and ecological
    values).
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of rangeland plants (including identification, growth form, life span,
    season of growth, origin, and forage value).
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of grazing systems.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of how abiotic and biotic factors affect range conditions/health and
    strategies and tools that promote sustainable rangelands.
  8. Demonstrate awareness of career opportunities in rangeland ecology and management.
Contact
  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045
    Email: reistle@uhcl.edu

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    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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