'Brush Sculpting' Is Subject of Two-Day October Workshop

Program will look at selective removal of woody plants to improve property.

Published on: Sep 23, 2008

By Steve Byrns

Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the workshop "Brush Sculpting…A Decade Later" on Oct. 23-24. The first day's activities are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Scurry County Coliseum in Snyder. The second day's events move to the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby.

"Brush Sculpting" is the art and science of selectively removing woody plants to optimize a property's potential for sustaining a balance of wildlife, livestock, aesthetics and value, says Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife wildlife specialist who coined the phrase 10 years ago.

Rollins says the methodology, now used on thousands of Texas acres, often incorporates a number of integrated pest management techniques to achieve the final goal.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the evolution of Brush Sculpting and to look at and evaluate the many methods now used on Texas range, Rollins notes. The first day's topics will include studies conducted on the King Ranch and Lazy B Ranch, optimizing U.S. farm bill cost-share programs, planning considerations for livestock, deer, and quail management, and new Brush Sculpting innovations.

The second day's program includes Brush Busters demonstrations with individual plant treatment techniques; prickly pear control, using boomless nozzles, and other application methods; half-cutting mesquite for quail cover; patch-burn grazing, and summer burning.

This program has been approved for eight continuing education units. Registration is $30 before Oct. 10 and $50 thereafter. Mail payment to: "Brush Sculpting…A Decade Later," Texas Wildlife Association, 2800 NE Loop 410, Suite 105, San Antonio, Texas 78218.

For more, contact Rollins or Dr. Allan McGinty, Texas AgriLife Extension range specialist, at 325-653-4576.

- Steve Byrns is with Texas AgriLife Extension Communicatons, San Angelo.