Farm and Ranch
Landowner workshop to review property protection laws, practices
By Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M
Oct 6, 2017
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LLANO – An Oct. 6 workshop in Llano will serve as a landowner’s crash course on the legal aspects of property protection, program coordinators said.

Speakers from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Land Conservancy fill an agenda that includes discussions about Llano River conservation, conservation easements, estate tax planning and condemnation strategy.

The workshop takes place from 9:45 – 3:15 p.m. at Lyssy and Eckel Feeds, 105 E. Young St.

Event speaker Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension assistant professor and wildlife specialist in Thrall, said discussions will include essential information for landowners, ranch realtors and other land management consultation professionals.

The $10 workshop is open to the public.

“It’s important for landowners and the people who serve them to understand these issues as best they can for the sake of protecting property into the future,” Tomecek said. “The information we will share is going to be critical for ensuring that happens.”

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Tomecek at 325-650-3520 or by email at before the event.

The program agenda will be:

9:45 – 10 a.m. – Welcome – Tomecek and Mark Steinbach, executive director, Texas Land Conservancy.

10 – 11 a.m. Llano River Conservation Effort and Landowner Incentives – Timothy Birdsong, Ecosystem and Habitat Assessment Chief, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

11a.m. – noon – Conservation Easements and Estate Tax Benefits: Tools for Voluntary Land Conservation – Steinbach.

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch.

1 – 1:30 p.m. – Partnering for Conservation: A Landowner Perspective – Howard Hicks, landowner, Pike Davis Ranch, Gillespie and Blanco counties.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Condemnation Strategies and Solutions: How to Protect Your Property – Luke Ellis, attorney, Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Q&A/Discussion with all presenters.