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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Native Tree Sale – Taking Orders Now!


The order period is now closed!  WOW!!  Thank you to the landowners of Kerr County, who ordered over 300 native trees for their properties!  What a great turnout!

Thank you for planting native!

Our Native Tree Sale is back this year!

We are now taking orders for this year’s delivery!  Orders are due by October 28 and the delivery will happen at our office on November 18.  Find the order form here!


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Spring Field Day!!

2014 Field Day Flyer (2)

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Annual Fish Stocking Sale

Fish Flyer 2014

Call the office TODAY for more details and recommended stocking rates!!

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Youth Range Workshop & George Holekamp Award

The Kerr County SWCD once again provided lunch for the Youth Range Workshop on their field trip to the Kerr WMA.  Almost 40 campers enjoyed the air conditioning and a hamburger lunch on Thursday, June 27.

The District also presented the 3rd Annual George Holekamp Award at the lunch.  This award is given to the camper that shows outstanding public speaking skills in a contest held on the next to last day of camp.  It is given in honor and memory of George Holekamp, who served the SWCD and his community for over 50 years, and his dedication to conservation.  His wife, Mary Virginia Holekamp, and their daughter attended the lunch and presented the award to the winner.  Kadden Kothmann was this year’s recipient of the George Holekamp Award

The District presents a Certificate of Award and a belt buckle in honor of this award.  Our directors feel that it is important to encourage our youth to get involved and learn conservation ethics and practices.  The Youth Range Workshop is a week long camp that not only teaches its campers about rangeland ecology and management, but leadership and communication skills. If you are interested in learning more about this camp, please visit their website here.

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Recap Of Streamside Landowners Workshop

From UGRA, the hosts of The Streamside Landowners Workshop – Understanding Riparian Areas :  Our seminar held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Kerr WMA was a great success.  We had 47 participants and a total of 56 gathered including staff and presenters.  The group of about 40 that attended the afternoon field trip were lucky to enjoy cool temperatures, overcast skies and even a few sprinkles as well as a diverse sampling of riparian plants.  And we all enjoyed the delicious lunch and dessert prepared by Jack Clarke and the Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District!

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