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AT: Texas Prairies Yesterday, Today and Concerns for the Future
April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
by Dr. Barron Rector, Associate Professor and Extension Range Specialist,
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Department of Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Topics to be covered in the presentation will include natural processes of prairies small to large, impacts of urban sprawl and human decisions, restoration of prairies, continued human impact, connecting corridors and value of pocket prairies. The discussion will include how we determine if something good has occurred from our prairie efforts. What would you say is an indication of a positive change from caring for and working on a prairie? What do you measure? Discussion will be a part of this presentation.
Dr. Rector, Extension Range Specialist at Texas A&M University, is with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Dr. Rector received his B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1976) in Biology (with an emphasis in Plant Taxonomy) from Angelo State University. He received his Ph.D. (1983) from Texas A&M University in Rangeland Ecology and Management. From 1973 to 1981, he served with Texas AgriLife Research in San Angelo, Texas. His professional experience is biology, chemistry, plant taxonomy, environmental ecology and range animal nutrition. Dr. Rector’s current program responsibility include urban natural resource program development, rangeland seeding, grazing management, plant ID and youth programming.
Dr. Rector’s educational programming responsibilities focus on teaching rural and urban constituencies principals of ecology, range monitoring, how to evaluate biological interrelationships of ecosystems. These principals are taught by presentation, development of news articles, popular articles, videos, demonstration and on-site visits. Issues involving urban sprawl and the impact of man on the rangeland ecosystem is an important area of programming interest.