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Service assists NRCS in Brush Management Certification Training
Southwest Region, August 22, 2006
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On August 22, 2006, the final Brush Management Certification Training Course of 2006 was given in Junction, Texas. The training courses were a result of the December 2004 biological opinion on the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill. The biological opinion authorized the incidental take of the endangered black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler resulting from brush management under the NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program in Texas west of Interstate Highway 35. Five courses were completed, one in each of the cities of Gatesville, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Glen Rose, and Junction, with approximately 344 landowners, land managers, and contractors enrolled. Omar Bocanegra of the Arlington Field Office gave a presentation on the process used to conduct the section 7 consultation and the implementation of the terms and conditions at all five courses. Additional training courses may be scheduled in 2007 as needed.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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