Andy James

Project Coodinator (254) 223-3056

Andy James is a project coordinator with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, supporting both extension and research efforts for various programs. Areas of expertise include watershed management, range and wildlife management, wildlife restoration and habitat use and geographic information systems.

Andy received a Bachelor of Science in rangeland ecology and management at Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in natural resources management from Sul Ross State University.

Andy has also co-authored a book, Woody Plants of the Big Bend and Trans-Pecos.

During his time away from work, Andy enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking and playing softball.



Authored Articles

Using Mobile Apps to Assist in Grazing Management

Texas has over 142M acres of open lands (i.e., working lands) with the majority designated as grazing lands for various livestock. Texas leads the nation in sheep, goat and cattle production with over 94M head of cattle alone. Even with this strong representation, landowners often mix livestock production and wildlife management on the same property. Other landowners now primarily manage for wildlife on an additional 3.3M acres which helps maintain ecological functions of the state’s grasslands and forests. Given the preponderance of livestock and growing interest in wildlife management, it’s easy to understand why grazing management is essential for sustaining and improving open lands in Texas.

County-based wild pig abatement co-op positive alternative to bounty programs

Countywide wild pig abatement programs have been implemented across Texas for decades. Many of these programs are based on some type of bounty system, usually pertaining to a one- to three-month period when landowners bring physical evidence verifying animal harvest to a central location in exchange for money.