Environment & Natural Resources

Helping Texans safeguard the state’s natural environment and natural resources is a big part of our work at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Browse by topic below to learn more about what we are doing and how you can get involved.

Related Departments: Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Sam Houston National Forest

Native bees need love too!

Native pollinators as important as honeybees A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert wants people to better understand and appreciate our native bee pollinators. “When people see a bee in their garden, many assume it is a honeybee when, odds are, it is actually a native bee,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management…
Two large bumblebees hover over a purple flower. The flower is a ball shape of sharp looking petals in a shade of purple.

Texas Master Naturalist Program

The Texas Master Naturalist program works to develop volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources.
Texas Master Naturalists members working in a wetland

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Environment & Natural Resources

Publications

Publication

This publication explains what happens to rainwater in a watershed and discusses practices that can help prevent excess runoff, avoid erosion, increase forage or plant production, and protect water quality.

Publication

This manual is intended for use as an instructional guide accompanying a short course discussing wastewater loading to onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Publication

This palm-sized flip deck features photographs and line drawings of 61 aquatic plants commonly found in Texas.

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
Program

The goal of the Texas Well Owner Network project is to inform Texans about water quality through protecting their wells and surface waters.

Program

The Bennett Land Stewardship program funds conferences about land management in the Edwards Plateau, covering issues such as brush control, water management and estate planning.

Program

Pesticide applicator certification standards are set to ensure that restricted pesticides are available to those who protect food, forage, structures, health, water, rights-of-way, and landscapes.

Courses

Course

An aerobic septic system, or aerobic treatment unit (ATU), uses oxygen to breakdown both dissolved and solid constituents into gases, cell mass, and non-degradable material contained in wastewater. This online course will teach you how to properly maintain and operate your ATU. You will have 30 days from the day you register to complete this program. If you do not complete the program within this limit, your registration will expire, and you will need to pay the registration fees again to start over.

Course

This course, designed for both landowners and lessees, addresses the legal and economic issues surrounding grazing, hunting and livestock leases. Topics addressed include average cash lease rates, common payment structures, legal issues, and key terms to be included in lease agreements.

Course

This course aims to help beef cattle producers protect Texas waterways from contamination that is linked with the production of livestock. These contaminations may also pose a health risk to Texas citizens.

Prescribed Burning Communication Kit

The Communications Kit provides resources to facilitate discussion and interactions within and between those who conduct prescribed burning and local communities. The contents of this kit are the direct result of a Joint Fire Science Program-funded research project—Fighting Wildfire with Prescribed Burning in the Southern Great Plains.

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  • Course

    An aerobic septic system, or aerobic treatment unit (ATU), uses oxygen to breakdown both dissolved and solid constituents into gases, cell mass, and non-degradable material contained in wastewater. This online course will teach you how to properly maintain and operate your ATU. You will have 30 days from the day you register to complete this program. If you do not complete the program within this limit, your registration will expire, and you will need to pay the registration fees again to start over.

  • Course

    This course, designed for both landowners and lessees, addresses the legal and economic issues surrounding grazing, hunting and livestock leases. Topics addressed include average cash lease rates, common payment structures, legal issues, and key terms to be included in lease agreements.

  • Course

    This course aims to help beef cattle producers protect Texas waterways from contamination that is linked with the production of livestock. These contaminations may also pose a health risk to Texas citizens.

  • Publication

    This publication explains what happens to rainwater in a watershed and discusses practices that can help prevent excess runoff, avoid erosion, increase forage or plant production, and protect water quality.

  • Publication

    This manual is intended for use as an instructional guide accompanying a short course discussing wastewater loading to onsite wastewater treatment systems.

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