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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 am

Texas Master Naturalist™ is a statewide organization sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Forty-four chapters of well-informed volunteers have partnered with other organizations throughout the state to develop service projects that educate, restore, and demonstrate conservation techniques to preserve, protect and help create native habitat for wildlife.

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program membership has organized and worked on several projects in 2012 including conducting informal lectures on a variety of subjects at the Round Top Library, beginning an invasive plant identification and removal project at the Festival Institute, helping out at the Brenham elementary and high schools in the outdoor learning and greenhouse facilities and Adopt-a-Highway cleanups.

The chapter will soon be assisting the staff of Stephen F. Austin State Park in a variety of interesting projects aimed at expanding the amenities available to the public, all of which, in addition to the chapter’s other ongoing ventures, will keep its members active and involved for some time.

The chapter has established a good working relationship with its partner organizations participating in several citizen scientist programs, supporting prescribed burn education and proactively identifying and working to preserve the remaining Texas prairie land.

So now is the time to join the 100-strong community workforce.

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter - serving Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Washington counties - will hold classes from Jan. 28 to April 29. Texas A&M professors and other professionals will give lectures on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Meadows Conference Center of the Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top.  Instruction topics include geology, soil science, hydrology, weather and climate, forest ecology, rangeland ecology, botany, herpetology, entomology, ornithology, and mammals. Two or three field trips, normally on Saturdays, are an integral part of the course.

 To learn more about Texas Master Naturalist™, visit the main organization website at http://txmn.org or the chapter website at http://txmn.org/glc.

For questions about the program or course please contact Judy Deaton, outreach coordinator for Fayette, Lee and Washington counties, at (936) 878-9900 or judithdeaton@gmail.com. Outreach coordinator for Austin and Colorado counties is Bill Dudley, who can be reached at (979) 725-9086 or billedudley@gmail.com.

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