Texas has a long history of private land ownership where 95 percent of the state is privately owned. The role of landowners as stewards of our state’s private lands and the public benefits derived from them is paramount. Most often successful land stewardship begins when natural resource professionals convey good land stewardship practices and techniques to private landowners.

As part of the Private Land Stewardship program and through collaboration with the Noble Foundation and East Foundation, NRI offers Private Land Stewardship Academies as a professional development opportunity to enhance natural resource professionals’ expertise in applying private land stewardship. These week-long, field-based academies are taught by leading experts in the field and review strategies for addressing private land challenges as well as current and future emerging issues in natural resources and private land conservation. The program offers valuable “hands-on” experiences to natural resource practitioners.

We have developed and hosted in partnership with the Center for Private Land Stewardship five Private Land Stewardship Academies. We hosted one academy for 13 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents, and one for 25 Texas NRCS conservationists. We also assisted Noble Foundation with three academies for 125 NRCS conservationists from 30 states.

In addition to in-person training as we adapt to the virtual learning landscape, NRI is building a community of practice around land stewardship for the outdoor enthusiasts and private landowners alike with mini-experiences developed from materials created during face-to-face training and presentations. These private land stewardship decks are meant for everyone from the classroom to the field. They're interactive and meet the learner where they want to explore the information.

Since the launch of these experiences decks, we've seen our communities band together to recreate education so that it can be available in new ways. These decks came about as a charge to take existing materials from previous presentations, from flash drives, or publications collecting dust on shelves, and shake them up so that anyone on the other side of a screen anywhere in the world could access them. 

You can find and share these anytime. Click, open, explore, shuffle through the content and save up the information. You can quiz your knowledge gained at the end; a great component for classrooms and youth learning environments especially. 

Hop into the decks here:

Natural Resources Management Natural Resources Management
Vegetation and Landscape Vegetation and Landscape
Wildlife Wildlife
Threatened and Endangered Species Threatened and Endangered Species

 

 We'll continue to make these experience decks available to stewards of the land, wildlife and discovery to bridge the gap from urban and classroom audiences to rural communities and private land in Texas and beyond. 

 

 

Andy James
andy.james@tamu.edu

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 …

Brittany Wegner
brittany.wegner@ag.tamu.edu

As a project specialist for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Brittany serves on our Engagement Team supporting our four-pillar program areas and the experts behind them. She works with members from each of our t…

Shelby McCay
shelby.mccay@ag.tamu.edu

Shelby joined the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in August 2017 as a student technician and now serves as a Project Coordinator I. As a part of the engagement team, her work focuses on managing and expanding the In…

Scott Lightle
scott.lightle@ag.tamu.edu

As a project coordinator with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Scott plans and facilitates educational outreach efforts at Long Acres Ranch, a privately-owned venue spanning 768 acres and 2.5 miles of undevelope…

Abigail Holmes
abigail.holmes@ag.tamu.edu

Abigail joined the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in April 2017 as a student assistant. She currently works as an Extension Associate on a variety of projects, but she was instrumental in creating resources for the…

Layne Mustian
laynemustian@tamu.edu

Layne Mustian joined Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute in February 2018 as a student technician. As a member of the engagement team, her work focuses on bringing attention to various NRI projects through blog articles,…

Josh Helcel
josh.helcel@tamu.edu

Josh Helcel is a Project Coordinator with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI). He specializes in educational programming and providing technical assistance to landowners and others seeking to control expanding…

Amanda Gobeli
agobeli@tamu.edu

Amanda Gobeli is a Project Coordinator at the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. She is currently working on a variety of projects, but she was instrumental to the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative (RQDI), a cons…

Jim Cathey
jccathey@tamu.edu

Dr. Jim Cathey is an associate director for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Jim is a regional and national expert in wildlife management, Extension outreach and programming, feral hog management and conservatio…

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