March 13, 2015

BRI AND TPWD HELP SECURE FUNDING FOR PRONGHORN PROJECT


pronghornSul Ross State University's Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will collaborate on a $2 million, four-year grant extension to assist landowners with pronghorn habitat improvement.

According to a recent announcement by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alpine, funding will be extended for another four years under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Pronghorn Priority Area. The Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group (TPPWG) is also a full partner with the BRI, TPWD and NRCS in the project.

“All partners are excited about extending this popular and successful program another four years,” said Haley Babb, NRCS District Conservationist. “Through the shared commitment to conservation in the Trans-Pecos, pronghorn habitat will be improved for many years to come.”

Funds will be disseminated to help landowners' cost-share habitat improvement in the Trans Pecos region of west Texas. Improvements will include installation of pronghorn-friendly fences, as well as brush management, grazing deferment and water improvements.

“I’m very proud of the synergy our partnership has created to benefit pronghorn," said Dr. Louis Harveson, Sul Ross professor of Natural Resource Management and BRI director. "This funding will help landowners improve habitat for not only pronghorn, but for many other wildlife species.”

Visit the BRI pronghorn research program pages for more information on current and past research. For more information on the project, contact Babb, (432) 837-5864 ext.3 or Haley.Babb@tx.usda.gov