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2015-12-10

Range plants book still available for gift giving

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

If you missed the opportunity to buy in the spring, The Bandera County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) still has a few copies of Ricky Linex's "Range Plants of North Central Texas". The books are available at the Courier office at 1136 Main Street for a $20 donation to the SWCD.
The 345-page 8.5x11 spiral bound book features full color pictures of 320 plants that call central Texas home.
Each plant is identified by species and family name, with the origin, longevity and season of growth included, along with distribution and a seed scale.
Sharp photos feature both blooming and dormant plants and include shots of seeds, leaves and bark to aid in identification.
Identification descriptors are clear and easy to understand. The plants' value for livestock and wildlife is thoroughly explained. In addition, each plant includes a section on management suggestions for the landowner.
"Although titled for North Central Texas, there are less than a dozen plants in the book that are not found on the Edwards Plateau and in Bandera County," said SWCD spokesman Lynn Post.
Checks should be made payable to "Bandera SWCD."
"Drop by and take a look at this book," said Post, a noted wildlife photographer himself. "You will be impressed."
The book will prove to be a well-used reference for landowners and would make a perfect gift.
The SWCD, USDA, Park Cities Quail, Quail Coalition, Rolling Plains Quail and the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation co-sponsored the production of the reference book.