TEMPLE, TX (May 19, 2009)— The Hill Country Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (HCASWCDS) will meet May 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Bandera United Methodist Church in Bandera for its annual spring tour and business meeting.
The meeting will begin with a 10 a.m. scheduled tour of a new fiber products processing and manufacturing plant in Bandera.
Joe Cantu, a partner in the new plant said, “This new business venture will process and market by-products of cedar. Potential uses of cedar include fuel and other oil industry products. In addition, by-products also include animal bedding and miscellaneous items for personal home use”.
Soil and water conservation district directors participating in the tour will see various pieces of equipment used to process the raw materials to include from the field to the finished milled product ready for bagging.
Speakers during the business session who will update SWCD directors on state and national soil and water conservation programs and issues include Marty H. Graham, member of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, State District II; Volney Hough, director of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Area II; and Elisha Kuehn, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Twenty soil and water conservation districts in the Edwards Plateau region of the state are members of the HCASWCDS. Counties which the SWCDS serve include Crockett, Schleicher, Menard, McCulloch, San Saba, Llano, Mason, Kimble, Sutton, Val Verde, Edwards, Real, Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, Kendall, Bandera, Medina, Uvalde, Kinney and Maverick Counties.