George Holekamp Award

This year the Youth Range Workshop was held June 17-22 at the Texas Tech University Campus in Junction, TX. Participants gain useful knowledge and skills in the areas of ecology, inventory practices, management and evaluation of resources. Experts from across the state are recruited to teach participants who are between 14-18 years of age in fields ranging from watershed management, prescribed burning, soil health, and many areas in between. Youths are also trained in areas of public speaking, advocacy, and leadership, so that they are armed with the knowledge they need to effectively educate others in the area of ranchland management, regardless of the career path they choose.

Each year the Kerr County SWCD hosts a lunch for the participants during their Field Day at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. After lunch we hold a Public Speaking Contest and award the winner with the George Holekamp Belt Buckle & Certificate. We are proud to announce Emma Waters as the 2018 winner of the George Holekamp Award!

1st Picture: Chairman Jack Clark, Vice-Chairman Jack Thorn, Award Winner Emma Waters, Past Board Member Mary Virginia Holekamp, Past Board Member Charlie Beirschwale, Board Member David Symm, Past Board Member Charles Flach

2nd Picture: George Holekamp Belt Buckle

3rd Picture: View for the Conference Room at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Hunt TX

4th Picture: Current and Past SWCD Board Members Jack Clark, David Symm, Charlie Beirschwale, Charles Flach, and Jack Thorn

5th Picture: Youth Range Workshop Campers having lunch in the Conference Room at the Kerr WMA.

6th Picture: YRW Campers having lunch provided by the SWCD.

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USA TODAY Department of Agriculture

We are proud to share with you this year’s USA TODAY U.S. Department of Agriculture!

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2018 Conservation Poster Contest Winners!

2018 Conservation Poster Contest Winners are:

1st Place Winner

Hanna Plaster 10 years old

Tom Daniel’s Elementary School

Received $50.00






2nd Place Winner

Riley Russ 8 years old

Tom Daniel’s Elementary School

Received $25.00



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2018 Kerr County SWCD Spring Fish Sale

2018 Spring Fish Sale Brochure & Order Form

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2018 Kerr County SWCD Annual Field Day

2018 Kerr County Annual Field Day

2018 Kerr County SWCD Field Day Sponsorship Form


Annual Kerr County SWCD Field Day, May 4, 2018

Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting our Annual Field Day on Friday, May 4, 2018. This event will take place Bridget’s Basket Hwy. 39, Hunt, Texas, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. All interested farmers, ranchers, landowners, and members of the general public are invited to attend. Multiple topics will be presented covering:

Vegetable and Melon Production on Small Acreages – Dr. Larry Stein will be discussing the various crops that work best in truck farming operations. With each crop, Dr. Stein will discuss the management of each crop as well as some of the pests that are associated with each crop and how to control them.

Management in Hydroponic Vegetable Production – Dr. Daniel Leskovar will be discussing Hydroponic vegetable production and will include management of diseases associated and how to prevent and manage pests associated with hydroponic gardening.

High Tunnels in Horticulture Production – Dr. Russ Wallace, Extension Horticulturist – Lubbock will present a program on using High Tunnels in various crops of truck farming operations. In addition he will include management of disease and insect control measures used in High Tunnel production.

Use of Trap crops in IPM approach in vegetable Gardening, Molly Keck,   Extension Entomologist, Bexar County will be discussing the importance on Integrated Pest Management in vegetable gardening utilizing traditional chemical control measures as well as organic control measures.

Bridget Sims will provide a garden tour of the various crops in production and management of the crops.

4 CEUs for private applicator license holders will be credited. Cost to attend this event is $25 if paid prior to April 27th or $30 at the door. Lunch is included in the fee. RSVP required. To register call the Kerr County SWCD Office at 830-896-4911 ext. 3 or stop by our office at 2104 Memorial Boulevard  (between MG Building Supplies and Schreiner University).

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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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