Earthmoving Contractors to Cosponsor Field Days Event

Sat August 06, 2005 - West Edition

The Earthmoving Contractors Association of Texas (ECAT) will co-sponsor this year’s Land Stewardship Field Days event along with the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS), Texas Cooperative Extension (TCE) in Fredericksburg and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

The event will be held at the Eckhardt Ranch –– owned by ECAT board members Edwin and Esther Eckhardt –– east of Fredericksburg, TX, on August 11-12.

The Eckhardts also are members of their local Soil and Water Conservation District and have been active in the conservation of natural resources on their ranch.

The event is open to the general public, landowners, managers and contractors and includes information and demonstrations of five conservation practices –– dam-type ponds, water control structures, waterways, terracing and brush control and sculpturing –– as well as resource management programs.

The ECAT member contractors will demonstrate these five practices using three mechanical methods and provide information on the construction from the contractors view.

The NRCS engineers will provide programs on the engineering design, construction details and maintenance of the five practices. NRCS resource conservation specialist also will give presentations on fishpond management, brush control techniques, rangeland management, brush sculpturing to enhance wildlife habitat and water loss from encroaching brush.

TDA will present a one-hour program on laws and regulations, and the TCE will provide programs on brush control and IPM. The TCE programs will qualify for continuing educational units toward a pesticide license.

Several dealers will also display and demonstrate equipment.

In the past, ECAT has sponsored land stewardship field days at La Grange in 1987, Farmersville in 1988, and Childress in 1992.

For more information, call 830/629-1620.