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Meetings Held to Explain Devils River Minnow Critical Habitat
Southwest Region, September 23, 2008
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The Texas State Administrator for Ecological Services and the Austin Office Field Supervisor and staff participated in the town hall meeting in Brackettville, Texas on September 22, 2008.  The meeting was hosted by the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance to provide the Fish and Wildlife Service an opportunity to explain the recent designation of Pinto Creek in Kinney County as critical habitat for the federally-threatened Devils River minnow.  It was a successful meeting with about 50 people in attendance and there was substantial dialogue with local citizens to explain the issue.  On September 23, 2008, staff also met with landowners of the Devils River Association (Association) in Val Verde County.  About 10 landowners participated in a very open discussion about the Service's decision not to designate the Devils River as critical habitat for the Devils River minnow.  Staff provided their thanks for the Association's ongoing stewardship of the lands in the Devils River watershed and expressed our appreciation for their cooperation with us and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in conservation efforts for the Devils River minnow.  Staff from TPWD and The Nature Conservancy attended both meetings. 

Contact Info: Bill Seawell, 512 490-0057, bill_seawell@fws.gov



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