2019 Texas Wildlife Grant
Copyright Rio Petroleum, Inc.

Rio Petroleum, Inc. and Rio Real Estate, Ltd., Barrett and Carol Pierce family-owned entities, announce the 2019 Texas Wildlife Grant of $5,000 to persons and
organizations for exceptional wildlife conservation in Texas.  

We applaud your efforts to promote the conservation and restoration of grasslands and playa lakes for the benefit of native flora, birds, other wildlife, and the
people in Texas and across the Great Plains.

Notably, we appreciate:

-        The Landscape Design conservation plan developed for Rio Farms, which is a powerful framework for conservation efforts on our farms. It is immediately
useful and will guide conservation efforts for many years. In accordance with the conservation plan, we have initiated the restoration and protection of the playa
lakes associated with our farms. We are also restoring our non-irrigated corners to native grasses and forbs including pollinator plants. The added diversity around
the irrigated circles has allowed the native prairie birds and wildlife to flourish.

-        The Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, which is a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Natural
Resources Conservation Service. This partnership and others across the Joint Venture region are the results of decades of education and communication. During
2017 and 2018, over 13,000 acres of playas were restored across the Joint Venture.

-        The Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions Program for PLJV, which is collecting essential data on presence and abundance of breeding birds
throughout the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, and the rest of the Joint Venture region, as well. These data will be used to help managers inform management
decisions; for example, a study on changes in bird communities as shrubs encroach on grasslands will determine how the bird community changes and how to
manage shrubs to keep grassland birds abundant.

Playa Lakes Joint Venture has demonstrated a strong commitment and a comprehensive approach to conservation work in our community, and we congratulate you
for these efforts.
Awarded to Playa Lakes Joint Ventures
Mike Carter
Joint Venture Coordinator
Anne Bartuszevige
Conservation Science Director
Alex Daniels
GIS Director
Meghan Bogaerts
GIS Analyst
Playa Lakes Joint Ventures Team