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Wind, water and wildlife conference scheduled in Canadian


A two-day conference addressing the latest issues related to marketing wind, water and wildlife will be held May 19 and 20 in Canadian, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent.

The conference will target landowners who might be interested in the wind energy industry and the availability and effects of marketing underground water in that region, said Kyle Barnett, AgriLife Extension agricultural and natural resources agent in Hemphill County.

"Many landowners in the area are faced with decisions regarding wind energy and water conservation," Barnett said. "These issues affect our daily management of renewable and non-renewable resources and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This program will give area landowners the information they need to make the necessary decisions."

The first day will focus primarily on wind energy, including: impacts on the local and area communities; past, present and future of the industry; construction of a wind turbine; legal aspects; effects on wildlife; development and land uses/economic compatibility; and land values.

On May 20, the conference will address water issues, including: past, present and future of the underground water in the Panhandle; residential and rangeland water harvesting; the Ogallala Aquifer; effects of groundwater and underground water on wildlife; water conservation; land values and legal aspects of groundwater use.

Registration information is available online at http://hemphill-co.tamu.edu/publications.cfm . Or more information can be obtained by calling Barnett at 806-323-9114.

There will be a $20 fee for those registering by May 13. Participants with paid, early registration will have their name entered for a door-prize drawing.

A late registration of $30 can be paid at the door, but an RSVP by May 15 is requested for planning purposes, Barnett said.

The fee, which includes meals and all printed materials, is good for one or both days.

Partnering entities for the conference are Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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