2017 Friend of Conservation Award

The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to recognize the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (TPWD) as their Friend of Conservation for 2017!

The Kerr WMA sits along the headwaters of the Guadalupe River in western Kerr county.  It is owned by the state of Texas under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  It’s primary mission is to function as a wildlife management, research, and demonstration site for trained personnel to conduct wildlife related studies and provide resultant information.

The Kerr WMA and the Kerr Co SWCD has had a working relationship also since it’s inception in 1950.  SWCD photos of research plots and demonstration areas show us that collaboration has long been in place between the Kerr WMA, Kerr Co SWCD and USDA-NRCS offices.

Field tours (such as the one shown above) dating back to 10.1.1963 have been cataloged that the the SWCD hosted or co-hosted at the Kerr WMA.  The Kerr Co SWCD also helps host the Youth Range Workshop on their annual day at the Kerr WMA.  In more recent years, the Kerr Co SWCD still holds field days and tours at the Kerr WMA and utilizes their new facilities for groups.  Along with SWCD field days, the SWCD has helped other agencies hold educational seminars at the Kerr and worked with both agencies to provide the public with an informative event.

TPWD staff at the Kerr WMA are always helpful and willing to lend a hand and share resources.  NRCS and SWCD employees have visited the Kerr WMA for trainings, some of which are specialized at the Kerr WMA.  Some of the Kerr WMA’s endangered species can be viewed and their staff has helped educate other agency employees on them and their habitat.

The Kerr WMA was also awarded the Friend of Conservation Award for TSSWCB’s Area II Awards.

Pictured L – R: Ryan Reitz, TPWD; Volney Hough, ATSWCD; Evan McCoy, TPWD; Fernando Gutierrez, TPWD

The nomination was then submitted on up to the state wide TSSWCB award competition and we are proud to say the that Kerr WMA was awarded the TSSWCB’s Friend of Conservation Award for the state of Texas in 2017!

Pictured L – R: Rex Isom, TSSWCB; Fernando Gutierrez, TPWD; Donnie Frels, TPWD; Marty Graham, TSSWCB; Mark Mitchell, TPWD; Ryan Reitz, TPWD; Volney Hough, ATSWCD

Pictured L – R: David Symm, Kerr Co SWCD; Mark Mitchell, TPWD; Donnie Frels, TPWD; Ryan Reitz, TPWD; Fernando Gutierrez, TPWD; Jack Thorne, Kerr Co SWCD

Learn more about the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and TPWD HERE.

See our nomination for the Friend of Conservation Award HERE.

View the state award winner video created by TSSWCB HERE.


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2017 Conservation Farmer Award

The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District #217 is proud to present Bridget Symm as their Conservation Farmer award winner for 2017.  Bridget owns and operates a 10+ acre CSA farm in Hunt, Texas.

Bridget views her farming operation as family affair.  Her sons and husband help on the farm after school and work and all benefit from it as well.  Bridget strives to educate and create awareness of the importance of eating healthy and recognizing dietary restraints, such as her son has, in her community.  Her philosophy comes down to one word: SIMPLE

SAVE (conserve our resources and environment)

IMPROVE (practices and learn from mistakes)

MECHANIZE (when and where possible)

PLANT (seasonally)

LOCAL (keep our produce local and support our community)

EDUCATE (ourselves and consumers)

Click the link below to see our award presentation for Bridget Symm as our 2017 Conservation Farmer!

2017 Conservation Farmer

Visit Bridget’s website for her farm and market HERE.

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2018 Youth Poster Contest


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2017 Native Tree Sale

It’s that time of year again!  Time to plant trees!

The best time to plant trees is in the fall/winter when trees are dormant.  This allows the trees to establish their root system in time to start new growth in the spring time.

We offer a variety of native trees, grown right here in the Texas Hill Country!  If you are looking for something in particular, please give Deanna a call at the office and she can check on availability of other species!

We also have fact sheets on all of the trees we offer if you need specific info on the trees!

2017 Tree Sale Flyer


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Local Workgroup Meeting

This is your chance as a resident of Kerr County to give input to your local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on resource concerns for your area!  Also, you’ll have the opportunity to view common plants in our county or bring in plants of your own that you would like ID’d!!!

Please  click the following link to view the flyer!


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Soil and Water Stewardship Week 2017

The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District presented a proclamation to the Kerr County Commissioner’s Court meeting on April 24, 2017, declaring April 30 – May 7, 2017 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

Jack Clarke, III, Chairman of Kerr Co. SWCD & Bob Reeves, Precinct 4 Commissioner for Kerr County

Stewardship week helps us all remember the importance of land stewardship in Texas and our local communities and also provides educational opportunities to many.  The National Association of Conservation Districts has some invaluable information on stewardship week along with educational material for teachers, churches, and individuals.  Check out their website on Stewardship week HERE and follow the link for this year’s theme to learn more!

More information on Stewardship Week here in Texas can be found at our state agency’s website, TSSWCB, HERE.

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Felix Fisher/George Holekamp Memorial Scholarship

The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District proudly sponsors and funds the Felix Fisher/George Holekamp Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship fund is held at The Community Foundation and applications/information for the scholarship can be found on their website, HERE.

Open to Kerr County graduating seniors, this scholarship is in memory of two past SWCD directors that both had a huge influence on both conservation and youth education in Kerr County.

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Youth Poster Contest

2017 Poster Info Sheet

Kerr County SWCD is holding a poster contest for the youth of Kerr County.  At the link above, you can find all of the information about the contest and poster topic, along with rules and the entry deadline!

Posters are due to the Kerr SWCD office by February 3, 2017.

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2016 George Holekamp Winner

The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District once again hosted the Youth Range Workshop campers for lunch and presented the George Holekamp Award for outstanding public speaking skills.  This contest gets better every year, as the campers develop their knowledge of their chosen topic throughout the week!  This year’s winner was Phoebe Rodgers, sponsored by the Young SWCD.


For more information on the Youth Range Workshop, please click HERE or visit them on Facebook!

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2015 George Holekamp Award Winner

Another successful year for the Youth Range Workshop!  On Thursday of this annual youth camp, the Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District awards one camper with the George Holekamp Award for outstanding public speaking.  Our 2015 winner was Lane Pressler from Comfort, Texas.


Students from around the state come together at this camp to learn about natural resources and how we use them as agricultural producers, along with many life skills like leadership at the Youth Range Workshop.  For more info on the Youth Range Workshop, click HERE.

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