Is Texas a rural state? Yes. Eighty-three percent of the state’s lands are farms, ranches and forests. But it’s also an urban state. Eighty-six percent of Texans live in urban areas.
Jennifer Morton hovers methodically over a row of clear, water-filled containers on a tight-spaced industrial shelving system. She plucks a mollusk from one of the containers, observing the specimen as part of a study on freshwater mussel tolerances.
COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M institute dedicated to solving complex natural resource challenges through discovery, engagement, innovation and land stewardship has changed its name but not its mission, according to the institute’s director.
Megan Hess, an assistant researcher looking into declining mussel populations, was recognized this past week for her ongoing work to determine the ratio of male to female freshwater mussels among certain critically imperiled species.
COLLEGE STATION – The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected on three species in the Texas counties of Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King and Scurry.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute will hold a social media workshop for natural resources professionals April 13-14 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin.
WEST COLUMBIA - The Brazos River passes - wide and muddy - through the Griffith family ranch. Floodwaters frequently prompt family members and an armada of cowboys for hire to round up their cows and move them to higher ground.
For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species.
Carter Smith talks about the Impact of the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program, Texas Agricultural Land Trust
In this Texas Agricultural Land Trust video, Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department explains the impact of the initial round of funding used to conserve working agricultural lands through the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program which provides grants for paid conservation easements to private land owners.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources bat research team is asking Texas residents to help document bat species and populations throughout the state.
Many ornamental plants popular in Central Texas landscapes can still grow and thrive when watered using half or less of the usual recommended irrigation amounts, according to research results recently published by two Texas A&M AgriLife institutes.
The population of federally-protected Key deer spread out between 11 different islands is roughly 875 following an outbreak of the flesh-eating New World screwworm, according to a study completed last week.
The Fire Summit 2016: Changing Fire Regimes, a regional conference on fire science in the Great Plains, is set for Dec. 7-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
Researchers studying the impact of small mammals on cave habitats with endangered invertebrate species got a prickly surprise when they discovered large numbers of porcupines parading in and out of dozens of caves in the San Antonio area.
N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the federal designation of 33 counties as the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape, and the development of voluntary programs of incentives for landowners and local governments that desire to participate.
The U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), Agriculture and the Interior today announced the addition of three military bases to the Sentinel Landscape Partnership, a conservation effort begun in 2013 to improve military readiness, protect at-risk and endangered species, enhance critical wildlife habitat and restore working agricultural and natural lands in the Southeast and Midwest.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course March 30-31 in San Antonio.
The third annual Bennett Trust Resource Stewardship Conference is scheduled for April 14-15 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources has recently added a new interactive Web tool to its Texas Land Trends website, http://txlandtrends.org, allowing users to access land-use information released in 2014, according to an institute official
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course Oct. 21-22 in College Station.
A Private Land Stewardship Workshop has been slated from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the McGillivray and Leona McKie Muse Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles northeast of Brownwood off County Road 478.
To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas.
Agricultural landowners and land managers in the 15-county region of the Nueces River basin have the opportunity to receive technical and financial assistance to help protect, improve and enhance their agricultural lands. Through this conservation stewardship, landowners will reduce runoff from their land and helping improve the water quality and quantity that flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas prescribed fire aficionados now have a series of free educational YouTube videos tailored specifically for the Lone Star State, the project’s leader said.
“The Value of Land,” a conference on issues affecting landowners, will be held May 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Angelina County,
2201 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 in Hamilton for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Leon River watershed.
A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and availability issues related to the Leon River will be held from 1-5 p.m. March 25 at the Rotary Building, 126 E. Blackjack St. in Dublin.
Does a tough modern rose really need 4 inches of water a month to survive a drought? Can a plant bounce back after an entire growing season without rain?
A nine-month drought of epic proportion begins Saturday. This one, however, is restricted to a small plot of land in southern San Antonio that the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) uses for research. When the scientific findings become available about a year from now, they should be a boon to home and business owners who want lovely landscapes that require little or no watering.
Results released this week of a multiyear, peer-reviewed research project, conducted in Texas, indicate dove hunters using shotshells loaded with lead pellets enjoy no advantage in effectiveness over those using shotshells firing non-toxic steel pellets of similar or slightly larger size.
Plugging in the human factor to woody plant encroachment will be the focus of a $1.4 million grant awarded to a team led by Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ecologist in the department of ecosystem science and management in College Station.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources' Texas Land Trends has published its latest report on the status of the state's rural working lands, which include the state's forests, farms and ranches.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program will present a social media workshop for natural resources professionals Oct. 28-29 at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, in Houston.
The vast majority of Texas land — 83 percent — is part of a farm, ranch or forest. But Texas is losing such rural land more than any other state, in large part because of the exploding growth of metropolitan areas, according to newly released data.
Two state agencies and one federal agency will conduct a multi-county Private Land Stewardship Field Day Nov. 5 at two sites in Coryell County.
Talk of Texas often conjures images of wide open ranch land and farmers at work their fields. But that iconic territory is being lost, according to a new analysis.
Texas experienced a net loss of nearly 1.1 million acres of privately owned farms, ranches and forests from 1997 to 2012, continuing the trend of rural land conversion and fragmentation in Texas, according to Dr. Roel Lopez, director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.
Texans concerned with the widespread decline of wild quail across the state can learn about measures to stop the loss by tuning in to three fall webinars starting Sept. 11.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will hold a social media training for natural resource professionals Sept. 10-11 at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Airport Commerce Park, 1340 Airport Commerce Drive in Austin.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will conduct a multi-county Range and Wildlife Management Field Day on Sept. 19 in Brown County for landowners interested in managing wildlife and livestock.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold three Landowners’ Planning and Management Workshops in August, September and October to address issues of importance to rural and semi-rural landholders in and around Bexar County.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the four-part “Earth-Kind Landscape School for Homeowners” program on four Saturdays during September and October, said program coordinators at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course July 22-23 in College Station.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program is hosting two training programs for water and natural resources professionals July 21-22 in San Antonio.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the “Sports and Athletic Field Workshop: Maintenance and Management” from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17 at Wolff Stadium, 5757 U. S. Highway 90, San Antonio.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute is sponsoring a social media workshop for natural resources professionals June 18-19 in Room 113 of the Texas A&M University Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, 600 John Kimbrough Blvd., College Station.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Range and Wildlife Management Field Day May 6 in Coryell County for landowners interested in managing both wildlife and livestock.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course May 13-14 in College Station.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County will host the “Alamo Area Water and Land Stewardship – Class Day” from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 3 in San Antonio.
The Stone Oak Property Owners Association and Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District will co-host “A Rain Barrel Workshop” from 9 a.m.-noon April 12 at the property owners association offices at 19210 Huebner Road in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Star Program will present a Spring Grounds Maintenance Workshop from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. March 28 in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course March 24-25 in College Station.
More than 40 green industry and other professionals attended the recent Texas Water Star Program presentation of an Earth-Kind landscaping school at the San Antonio Garden Center in San Antonio.
Former President and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson once said: “Saving the water and the soil must start where the first raindrop falls.”
In Texas, where about 95 percent of the land is privately owned, and 83 percent of that land is rural farms, ranches and forests, it is essential that all Texans understand the interconnection of land and water to ensure the healthy stewardship of both, according to natural resource professionals.
More Texans are leaving farming and ranching because of opportunities in urban areas, increased land prices and concerns about weather patterns fueled by drought.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the Earth-Kind Landscaping School from 8:15 a.m.–4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an “Introduction to ArcGIS 10” training course Jan. 15-16 in College Station.
Some 200 Duval County seventh graders had a very special field trip Wednesday in Freer. The students were taken to the Temple Ranch to learn about nature.
Fort Bragg covers over 160,00 acres and is home to over 57,000 military personnel. If you think extraordinary training and military readiness are incompatible with a environmental protection and sustainability, think again. At Fort Bragg, the longleaf pine forests are flourishing and the training has never been better. Exploring North Carolina will show you this great American conservation story.
Though zebra mussels in Texas give mussels a bad name, other freshwater mussels are welcomed and needed in Texas waters.
Invasive zebra mussels, first confirmed in Texas in 2009, are causing major economic and environmental damages to Texas reservoirs. But unionid mussels, a family of freshwater mussels, are important indicators of water quality and stream health and play an important role in freshwater ecosystems, according to Dr. Charles Randklev, research scientist for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR).
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will hold a social media training Nov. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 North, San Angelo.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters will conduct the Trinity River Land and Water Summit from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St. in Athens.
A Texas A&M University System institute is playing an integral role in a new federal, local and private collaboration
Researchers with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources have found that relocating freshwater mussels may be an effective strategy for saving populations affected by drought or bridge construction.
Most plant communities across North America are adapted to fire, and many plant and wildlife species are dependent upon fire for their survival. Fire suppression following European settlement in North America has caused these areas to dramatically change. Grasslands and prairies are being invaded by trees; savannas and open woodlands are becoming closed canopy forests; and prairie birds are declining with some species now threatened or endangered. It is critical that fire be restored to create and maintain the conditions necessary for the survival of our native plants and wildlife. Prescribed fire, sometimes also known as controlled burning, is the way land managers safely and effectively get fire back into these natural areas.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters, a conservation organization based in the Trinity River basin, will conduct three webinars for landowners in the Trinity River basin.
Increased production and economic stimulus are two of the most talked about outcomes emanating from South Texas' Eagle Ford shale. Given the arid region, water management has become a top priority for both operating companies and community stakeholders. In states where drilling activity is a fairly new commodity, hydraulic fracturing garners most of the attention. In the rapidly developing South Texas Eagle Ford, air quality is on the minds of both regulators and companies working the play.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct a “Social Media 101—Raising Stakeholder Awareness in an Information Age” workshop July 18 in Austin.
As feral hogs continue to barrel into suburban and urban areas -- and even into Dallas' city limits -- trappers are turning to smartphone technology to help catch the animals.
A new generation of wild-turkey researchers is seeking to answer questions about turkey population declines, habitat preferences, and geographic distribution. Their findings will influence turkey management for decades to come. But hunters can learn from them right now about where and how to hunt our most evasive gobblers.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct the “Social Media 101—Raising Stakeholder Awareness in an Information Age” training workshop May 15 in San Antonio.
Two interagency range and wildlife management field days for landowners, land managers and brush control contractors operating in possible endangered species habitat have been scheduled in late May.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will partner with several other agencies and entities to conduct a grazing workshop to focus on riparian areas from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Ennis.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a new publication available to help landowners monitor and manage the health of their native rangeland, said the author.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct a social media training workshop April 12 in Stephenville.
Dr. Bob Shaw would like to see more people out picking grass. Not just any ol’ grass, but new species that haven’t been documented in a particular county of Texas.
The Academy for Ranch Management has set the dates in 2013 for their annual Prescribed Burning School and Advanced Prescribed Burning School at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Sonora Station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.
The 2013 Golden-cheeked Warbler Symposium was held on January 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas, and was hosted and sponsored by Biodiversity Works. The symposium was also sponsored by Bandera Corridor Conservation Bank, Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, and Zara Environmental LLC. The following is the list of presentations given at the 2013 Golden-cheeked Warbler Symposium.
Trinity Waters and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a new round of in-depth workshops on water and land management for agriculture producers and wildlife managers in the Trinity River basin.