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For The Record
Today our wildlife is being threatened by many aspects of our progressive life style. We must make an effort to protect our future. This is the purpose of the wildlife clinic sponsored annually by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Soil Conservation Districts.
The specific purposes of the clinic include many things. It is designed to stress proper management of wildlife, habitat needs of various animals, make everyone more aware of game laws and to understanding the importance of safety; while enjoying the outdoors.
Subjects covered include: wildlife plant identification, plant preference, animal biological facts, techniques, compass and pacing and habitat improvement.
East Texas is a unique area. Each year millions of people visit the area to enjoy its splendor and beauty. They are likely to see the beautiful fall foliage as well as some of the approximately four million deer that inhabit the area. This is the largest state herd and we harvest about 1,030 of them. Deer, along with all other forms of wildlife, must have adequate food, cover, water and space.
Waterfowl must have healthy wetlands to survive. A wetland is described as land where water is the dominant factor in determining the nature of soil development and types of plant and animals living in the soil and on its surface. We have lost at least 40 percent of our viable wetlands.
A job that George Washington had in 1763 was to survey a swamp area in Virginia and North Carolina for purposes of reclamation.
Our hope for this clinic is that people will use the clinic to become wise and be more informed concerning the use and management of our natural resources.