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. This year, Texas A&M AgriLife celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Texas Master Naturalist Program and the impact of its vast network of community-based volunteers across the state.
Texas Master Naturalists members working in a wetland

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Environment & Natural Resources

Publications

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Reseeding native plants is one of the most technically demanding land management practices in South Texas and this publication will point out 10 practices to avoid when reseeding.

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Native species often require specific conditions for optimum growth and development. Preparing a good seedbed is a key to establishing any plant by intentional seedings.

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Planting techniques for native seeds differ from those used for conventional agricultural crops.

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

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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.

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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

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This course will inform participants about riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality.

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The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) online program is a statewide educational program designed to improve the quality of Texas’ water resources by educating and informing local stakeholders about their watershed, potential impairments, and steps that can be taken to help improve and protect water quality in their watershed.

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This 1-hour course exposes learners to information regarding The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) Program. Students will learn about the importance of water, the role of watersheds in the water cycle, and much more. Students have the option of obtaining school credit for this course.

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.

All Resources on Environment & Natural Resources

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    This course places an emphasis on fire behavior, how to employ the correct firing technique, and equipment & safety. After successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to schedule your official exam and field component to apply to become a Certified and Insured Prescribed Burn Manager (CIPBM) from TDA.

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    This 5-page publication discusses aquatic health and the application of crushed agricultural limestone.

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    This 6-page leaflet explains the importance of range condition, how range condition differs from forage condition, and how to determine species composition.

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    This flip chart helps teach about the movement of water through the water cycle, the concept of watersheds, the effects of land cover and management on the path of rainwater, and ways to decrease rainwater runoff and promote infiltration. (18 Pages)

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    This leader guide helps teach about: The movement of water through the water cycle The concept of watersheds, The effects of land cover and Management on the path of rainwater Ways to decrease rainwater runoff Promote infiltration (18 Pages)

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    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 Protect water quality (5 Pages)

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    Many Texans own small acreages and need to know how to control brush. Mechanical methods include cut-stump and basal treatments. Herbicides also can be used. Application methods for soil-applied and foliar-applied herbicides are illustrated. (4 pages)

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    This 6-page publication explains how to more effectively use water for forage production on rangelands, and how to reduce runoff, evaporation, soil erosion, and undesirable weeds and brush.

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    This 12-page publication illustrates the effects of vegetation management on water availability.

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    Plants are the foundation of the range ecosystem. The plant species growing on a property can indicate the health of the watershed and the success of the land manager. Learn how to read your plants to understand the effect of your management. (2 pages)

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