A lone tree stands in a field week after prescribed burns were used on this coastal prairie on the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, in Austwell, TX, on Friday, December 16, 2011. Typical of a coastal prairie shoreline, natural occurrences of fire are part of a healthy ecosystem. Phragmites reed grass and other plant roots stabilize the ground and are unharmed by the fire. Healthy growth is already seen from the charred grass and ashes on the ground. A refuge road also serves as an effective firebreak.
State Conservationist Salvador Salinas commented on the USDA-NRCS Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) during a press conference, about improving water quality, habitat, and the health of the Gulf ecosystem. âLaunching this initiative is a top priority for NRCS in Texas because the Gulf of Mexico is one of our stateâs premier natural resources. It provides vital habitat for wildlife, and creates jobs in industries that depend upon them. The health of this resource is essential to Texas as well as to the nation,â said Salvador Salinas. The Texas initiative focuses on three watersheds in Refugio, Calhoun, Victoria and Aransas counties and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.
âWhat is really compelling about GoMI and other similar conservation efforts is that they prove that Texas farmers and ranchers not only feed and clothe us and power our vehicles, but they can also help protect and restore our rivers and provide more habitat for wildlife,â stated Salinas. âThatâs why it is important that this conservation project is not about taking productive farm land out of production. This is a working lands initiative, so that not only are we helping to restore the health of the Gulf, but weâre also helping to sustain and enhance the productivity of the Gulfâs farms and ranches.â
Nationally, USDA-NRCS is dedicating up to $50 million over three years to this effort.
NRCS will continue to provide proven technical expertise and that of their partners. The anticipated result is improved water quality, stream flows and wildlife habitat. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 8, 2014
Why is this picture in the Public Domain?
Produced by United States Government
The file available on this page is a work of the United States government. A work of the United States government, as defined by United States copyright law, is "a work prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. government as part of that person's official duties." In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law.
How may I use a Public Domain picture?
The file available on this page in the Public Domain. Files in the public domain have no restrictions on use and may be used for any purpose, without any conditions, commercial or not, unless such conditions are required by law.
Possible Prohibited Uses
Although a file is in the public domain, the work may still have some restrictions for use if it contains any of the following elements:
- File contains an identifiable person and such person has not provided a model release.
- File contains an identifiable building or structure and the owner of such building has not provided a property release.
- File contains a registered corporate logo or trademark.
Files containing any of the above elements that do not also have a provided release would generally fall under editorial uses only and may not be used for commercial purposes. Users downloading files that are designated as "editorial use" assume full responsibility for their use of the file(s). Depending on your use, the use of editorial use files may require additional rights that publicdomainfiles.com or the copyright owner may or may not be able to provide. You should consult with your legal counsel to be sure your use is legal.
By downloading this file, you indicate that you understand and agree to all of these terms and assume full liability for your use of the file(s) and agree to hold publicdomainfiles.com harmless should any liability arise.