Wildlife and Native Plants in South Texas Plains Region

 Federally-Listed Species

   
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Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species
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This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.

 

Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework

The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework can be used by natural resource professionals and landowners to guide habitat management practices, conservation planning, and decision making for priority species and a variety of other wildlife that can provide economic, recreational, and aesthetic value to a single property or an entire region. Managing habitat for priority species like the endangered black-capped vireo can benefit other species, including popular game species, such as northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Similarly, managing for game species, if done responsibly, can benefit endangered species. 

 

The 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Annual Progress Report
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In 2014, a new era in wildlife conservation was ushered in with the implementation of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) Range-wide Conservation Plan (Van Pelt et al.

 

Big Thinking in Texas - How to Make the Endangered Species Act Work for All
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Texas is place of innovation, and a model for making the ESA work for people and species. Breaking new ground in 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued its first ESA permit for the landscape-level, regional Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) in the nation: the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (BCCP).& ...

 

A Grassland Conservation Plan For Prairie Grouse
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This Grassland Conservation Plan for Prairie Grouse, coordinated by the North American Grouse Partnership, represents the collective efforts and expertise of numerous grassland and prairie grouse experts in developing habitat prioritizations that are needed to sustain grouse and other grassland species into the future.

 

Cats & Wildlife - A Conservation Dilemma
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Summary: Free-ranging cats are abundant and widespread predators. They often exist at much higher densities than native predators. They prey on large numbers of wild animals, some of which are rare or endangered.

 

Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan
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Texas’ wetlands are among its most valuable natural resources. These lands provide many economic and ecological benefits, including flood control, improved water quality, harvestable products, and habitat for our abundant fish, shellfish and wildlife resources.

 

Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program - Texas
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Informative brochure, succinctly describes key features of this conservation program in Texas.

 

Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan 2013
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The 77th Legislature directed the Department to develop a comprehensive and strategic document known as the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Land & Water Plan).

 

TPWD's Recommendations for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Voluntary Conservation and Mitigation for Development
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The objective of this report is to outline strategies and programs aimed at stabilizing declining lesser prairie-chicken populations and at mitigating impacts of habitat loss and degradation from development projects, such as wind energy and transmission lines.

 

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Wildlife Management Plan
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) provides free technical assistance to landowners and land managers interested in wildlife management through the private lands enhancement program.

 

Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture
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The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) covers two Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs)–the Edwards Plateau BCR of Central Texas and the Oaks and Prairies BCR of Texas and Oklahoma.

 

Mitigation Framework for the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Lesser Prairie-Chicken
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This PowerPoint presentation (January 24, 2013) provides an overview of WAFWA's Range-wide Conservation Plan Mitigation Framework. It shows how the program will provide a foundation for incorporating mitigation into conservation tools and programs for LPC habitat conservation.

 

Evaluation of Farm Bill Programs to benefit Lesser Prairie-Chicken
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Farm Bill conservation programs administered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service provide some of the best opportunities for conservation and restoration of prairie ecosystems essential for LEPC survival.& ...

 

USFWS Conference Opinion for the NRCS's Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative
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This document transmits the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Conference Opinion (Opinion) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI) and associated procedures, conservation practices, and  conservation measures.

 

Upland Game Bird Strategic Plan A Five Year Roadmap (2011– 2015)
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The Small Game Program has developed the Upland Game Bird Strategic Plan (UGBSP) to ensure the preservation of upland game birds in Texas and their diverse natural habitats for present and future generations.

 

Habitat types of the lesser prairie-chicken
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This document provides a brief description of the different habitat types or land uses that occur in the Southern Great Plains and their relative importance to the LPC.

 

Habitat management of the lesser-prairie chicken
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This document provides a brief description of some of the tools that can be used in an integrated comprehensive habitat management plan for the LPC.

 

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Report
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Lesser prairie-chicken populations have declined dramatically during the past several decades due to loss of native prairie, habitat fragmentation, and degradation of habitat on both private and public lands.

 

Results of the 2012 Range-wide Survey of Lesser Prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
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Aerial line transect surveys were employed to estimate the abundance of lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) and lesser prairie-chicken leks in four habitat regions in the Great Plains U.S ...

 

Assessment of CRP fields within current Lesser Prairie-Chicken range
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Populations of Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; LEPC) have declined by more than 90%. The main factors precipitating this decline have been the conversion of sand-sage and mixed-grass prairie to agriculture, juniper encroachment,  excessive cattle grazing, and fossil-fuel and suburban development.

 

Conserving Wildlife and Crucial Habitat in the West
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Policy Resolution 13-04: Western Governors direct the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council to continue its guidance in the development, management and implementation with partners of the state and West-wide CHATs.

 

Two Win-Win Initiatives with Common Recovery Goals Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Greater Sage-Grouse
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Lesser prairie-chickens and greater sage-grouse depend on large prairie and steppe landscapes shared by agricultural producers, primarily ranching operations.

 

Record Enrollment in Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Conservation Programs

Private landowners have stepped up to the plate and enrolled an unprecedented amount of acres in conservation programs to conserve and restore Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

 

Show Federally-Listed Species Organizations & Professionals (112)
There are 112 resources serving South Texas Plains Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Federally-Listed Species Organizations & Professionals serving South Texas Plains Region
Biologists / Ecologists
Advanced Ecology, LTD.
Keith Webb - Environmental Operations Manager - Center, TX
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Brian Gottschalk
Adams Environmental - Sr. Environmental Scientist and Project Manager - San Antonio, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
- College Station, TX
Hicks & Company
- Austin, TX
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
John Marksberry
Bird & Crawford Forestry - Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Center, TX
John R. Burns
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Fife
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Lisa Campbell
Water Resource Specialist - TAMU - Oceanography - College Station, TX
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Neiman Environments Inc
- Junction, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Clint Boal - Unit Scientist - Lubbock, TX
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Management
Lin Poor, M.S. - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Field Office: Littlefield, Texas - Houston, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX
Federal And State Agency Landowner Specialists
Continuing Forestry Education Group
- Overton, TX
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Blaise Korzekwa
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Pearsall, TX
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
- Kingsville, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
David Rios
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Uvalde, TX
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - College Station, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Ecoresource Solutions Inc
Tony Byrne - President/Principal Ecologist - Arvada, CO
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Gary A. Burns, ACF
Burns Forestry - Owner - Crockett, TX
George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center)
- Bartlesville, OK
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Barry Wilson, USFWS - GCJV Coordinator - Lafayette, LA
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Justin Penick
Acorn Forestry - Founder, President, & CEO - Lufkin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyle Thigpen
Wildlife Biologist - Burns Forestry - Crockett, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Landmark Wildlife Management LLC
Keith Olenick - Principal/Senior Biologist - Austin, TX
Lannie B. Philley, AFM
Delta Land & Farm Mgmt Co, LLC - Appraiser, Manager - Mer Rouge, LA
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Matt Reidy
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Devine, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV)
- Lafayette, CO
Preservation Texas
- Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Ricky ONeill
Neeley Forestry Service, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist and Certified Forester - Camden, AR
Rio Grande Joint Venture
Aimee Roberson - Joint Venture Coordinator - Alpine, TX
RiverBank Ecosystems
Adam Riggsbee, PhD - Austin, TX
Robert Veldman
K·Coe Conservation - Land Consultant - Loveland, CO
Roel Lopez
Director - Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ronnie Bane
Burditt Associates - Vice President - Conroe, TX
Ross Carrie
President - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc.
- Bainbridge, GA
Southern Sportsman Aquatics & Land Management
Scott Brown - Owner - Advance, NC
Teddy Reynolds, B.S.F., R.F., S.R.
Reynolds Forestry Consulting & Real Estate, PLLC - President/CEO - Magnolia, AR
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Diversity Program
John Davis - Program Director - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
Trent Tienert
Wildlife Biologist, Natural Resources Specialist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Gonzales, TX
Trey Barron
Wildlife Diversity Biologist - Oak-Prairie Wildlife District - TPWD - Victoria, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX

 Game and Non-game Wildlife

   
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Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework

The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework can be used by natural resource professionals and landowners to guide habitat management practices, conservation planning, and decision making for priority species and a variety of other wildlife that can provide economic, recreational, and aesthetic value to a single property or an entire region. Managing habitat for priority species like the endangered black-capped vireo can benefit other species, including popular game species, such as northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Similarly, managing for game species, if done responsibly, can benefit endangered species. 

 

A Guide for Wildlife Management Associations and Co-ops
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This booklet is the result of more than 30 years of study, hard work and cooperation among private landowners and wildlife biologists. These “natural partners” have been working together for the benefit of wildlife since 1972, when the Texas Private Lands and Habitat Enhancement Program was conceived.

 

Sharing Your Land with Prairie Wildlife
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This third edition of this manual (formerly entitled Sharing Your Land With Shortgrass Prairie Birds) is about how to help birds and other wildlife make a living from the land while you do the same.

 

Private Lands Public Benefits - Incentives For The Stewardship Of Texas Agricultural Lands
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This guide is for Texans who want to ensure a future for the state’s farms and ranches: landowners who want to conserve, protect and steward their land and its resources; policymakers concerned about the costs to the state of the loss of rural lands; and all Texans who value the many benefits provided by working farms and ranches.

 

NRCS Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative and NFWF Recovered Oil Fund

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is fouling beaches, marshes and mudflats all along the northern Gulf coast, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has created the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.& ...

 

Working Lands For Wildlife
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Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

 

Conservation Reserve Program - CP33–Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds - Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2006–2011 Final Report
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a suite of Farm Bill conservation programs and practices that provide incentives to enhance environmental quality on privately-owned agricultural lands.

 

Creating Shelter for Texas Wildlife
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Texas has a great wealth of wildlife and these animals can be beautiful and welcome guests in our gardens and rangelands across the Lone Star State.

 

Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan 2013
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The 77th Legislature directed the Department to develop a comprehensive and strategic document known as the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Land & Water Plan).

 

Texas C.A.R.E.
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Texas CARE (Conserving Agricultural Resources and the Environment) is a comprehensive initiative to protect and conserve important wetlands throughout the Lone Star State, with particular emphasis on Gulf Coast wetlands and prairies, Southern Great Plains playa lakes and grasslands, and the Trinity Basin and East Texas Piney Woods rivers and bottomlands.

 

Upland Game Bird Strategic Plan A Five Year Roadmap (2011– 2015)
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The Small Game Program has developed the Upland Game Bird Strategic Plan (UGBSP) to ensure the preservation of upland game birds in Texas and their diverse natural habitats for present and future generations.

 

What’s a quail worth?
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What’s a quail worth? The short answer — as it relates to a wild Texas quail — is $253 each, according to a recently completed survey of Texas quail hunters.

 

South Texas, the "Last Great Habitat"
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Concerns about conservation of the tropical rainforests and other well-known regions of the world are widely publicized, yet a region of inestimable biological wealth lies relatively unrecognized on the back doorstep of North America.

 

Bobwhite Quail Biology and Management
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This is a 7-page fact sheet that covers life history, food requirements, habitat and forest management to benefit Bobwhite.

 

Conserving Wildlife and Crucial Habitat in the West
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Policy Resolution 13-04: Western Governors direct the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council to continue its guidance in the development, management and implementation with partners of the state and West-wide CHATs.

 

Lightning-Season Burning - Friend or Foe of Breeding Birds?
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Native Plants - A Quick Reference Guide
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Learn more about native plants, get involved, and spread the word!

 

Restoration, Management, and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley - Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
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The conservation objective in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is to provide forested habitat capable of supporting sustainable populations of all forest dependent wildlife species.

 

Updated 2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Estimates
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In February 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) promulgate an emergency rule for the 2013 recreational red snapper season.

 

Conservation buffers - wildlife benefits in Southeastern agricultural systems
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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

 

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Operational Plan
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For a landscape supporting healthy native bird populations across the LMVJV

 

The Texas Wildlife Action Plan

Excerpts from the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) applicable to private landowners.

 

Show Game and Non-game Wildlife Organizations & Professionals (143)
There are 143 resources serving South Texas Plains Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Game and Non-game Wildlife Organizations & Professionals serving South Texas Plains Region
Biologists / Ecologists
Advanced Ecology, LTD.
Keith Webb - Environmental Operations Manager - Center, TX
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Brian Gottschalk
Adams Environmental - Sr. Environmental Scientist and Project Manager - San Antonio, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
- College Station, TX
Hicks & Company
- Austin, TX
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
John Marksberry
Bird & Crawford Forestry - Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Center, TX
John R. Burns
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Fife
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Lisa Campbell
Water Resource Specialist - TAMU - Oceanography - College Station, TX
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Neiman Environments Inc
- Junction, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Clint Boal - Unit Scientist - Lubbock, TX
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Management
Lin Poor, M.S. - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Field Office: Littlefield, Texas - Houston, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX
Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force
Dr. Susan Pasko - Executive Secretary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Falls Church, VA
Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Candidate Conservation Program
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Genevieve Johnson - Desert LCC Coordinator - Boulder City, NV
Emergency Stabilization - Burned Area Rehabiliation
Erv Gasser - DOI National Interagency BAER Team Leader - Seattle, WA
Fish Passage Program - Southwest Region
- Albuquerque, NM
Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Greg Wathen - LCC Coordinator - Nashville, TN
Habitat Conservation Plans
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Landowner Incentive Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lower Texas Coast Coastal Program
Tim Anderson - Southwest Region Program Manager - Corpus Christi, TX
Lower Texas Coastal Program
Jonathan Moczygemba - Southwest Region Program Manager - Los Fresnos, TX
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
- Marion, IL
MultiState Conservation Grant Program
- Washington, DC, VA
National Fish Passage Program
Susan Wells - National Fish Passage Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program
Guy Foulks - NMBCA Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
U.S. Department of the Interior - Arlington, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program
Rodecia Mcknight - Small Grants Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program
Stacy Sanchez - U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program - National
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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Texas
Cyndee Watson - State PFW Coordinator U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, TX
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Program
- Jackson, MS
Safe Harbor Agreements
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Coastal Program
Beau Hardegree - Regional Coordinator - Corpus Christi, TX
Texas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Lesser Prairie Chickens
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Texas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Melanie Dabovich - San Marcos, TX
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Samantha Brooke - Coastal Program Team Lead - Falls Church, VA
Upper Texas Coast Coastal Program
Woody Woodrow - Southwest Region Program Manager - Brazoria, TX
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
Resource Conservation and Development Councils
Alamo RC&D Area
- Boerne, TX
Rio Bravo RC&D Council
- Falfurries, TX
Rio Grande-Nueces RC&D
- Uvalde, TX
Southwest States RC&D Councils
- Roland, AR
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Blaise Korzekwa
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Pearsall, TX
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
- Kingsville, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
David Rios
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Uvalde, TX
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - College Station, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Ecoresource Solutions Inc
Tony Byrne - President/Principal Ecologist - Arvada, CO
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Gary A. Burns, ACF
Burns Forestry - Owner - Crockett, TX
George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center)
- Bartlesville, OK
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Barry Wilson, USFWS - GCJV Coordinator - Lafayette, LA
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Justin Penick
Acorn Forestry - Founder, President, & CEO - Lufkin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyle Thigpen
Wildlife Biologist - Burns Forestry - Crockett, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Landmark Wildlife Management LLC
Keith Olenick - Principal/Senior Biologist - Austin, TX
Lannie B. Philley, AFM
Delta Land & Farm Mgmt Co, LLC - Appraiser, Manager - Mer Rouge, LA
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Matt Reidy
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Devine, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV)
- Lafayette, CO
Preservation Texas
- Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Ricky ONeill
Neeley Forestry Service, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist and Certified Forester - Camden, AR
Rio Grande Joint Venture
Aimee Roberson - Joint Venture Coordinator - Alpine, TX
RiverBank Ecosystems
Adam Riggsbee, PhD - Austin, TX
Robert Veldman
K·Coe Conservation - Land Consultant - Loveland, CO
Roel Lopez
Director - Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ronnie Bane
Burditt Associates - Vice President - Conroe, TX
Ross Carrie
President - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc.
- Bainbridge, GA
Southern Sportsman Aquatics & Land Management
Scott Brown - Owner - Advance, NC
Teddy Reynolds, B.S.F., R.F., S.R.
Reynolds Forestry Consulting & Real Estate, PLLC - President/CEO - Magnolia, AR
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Diversity Program
John Davis - Program Director - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
Trent Tienert
Wildlife Biologist, Natural Resources Specialist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Gonzales, TX
Trey Barron
Wildlife Diversity Biologist - Oak-Prairie Wildlife District - TPWD - Victoria, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX

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FY2017 Longleaf Pine Strategy
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NRCS released its two-year implementation strategy to restore, create and enhance longleaf pine forests in the Southeast U.S.

 

Texas Longleaf Taskforce

The Texas Longleaf Taskforce was created in 2010 to promote the restoration of Longleaf pine on private and public forestlands in the state of Texas. The Taskforce started as a broad stakeholder group of private landowners, state and federal agencies, and industry members. It included non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Texas Forestry Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Check it out here »

 

NatureServe Explorer

NatureServe Explorer provides information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada, and includes  in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe and its natural heritage member programs.

Use the database to find:

  • scientific and common names
  • conservation status
  • distribution maps
  • images for thousands of species
  • life histories, conservation needs, and more

 

Native Seed Network

The Native Seed Network is a resource for people working to add native plants back into the landscape. Since 2002 we have been working with land managers, seed producers, and restoration professionals to share information about native seed and improve our knowledge about and access to native seed.

The Native Seed Network connects people and organizations involved with all aspects of native seed, from collection, development, production, and use in restoration. Our vision is for restoration and rehabilitation projects to be supported by an abundance of quality seed that is both appropriate for the site and affordable.

 

 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Native Plant Database

 

USDA PLANTS Database

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
 
PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Team (NPDT), the USDA NRCS Information Technology Center (ITC), The USDA National Information Technology Center (NITC), and many other partners. Much of the PLANTS data and design is developed at NPDT, and the Web application is programmed at ITC and NITC and served through the USDA Web Farm. Here’s more information about who does what on the PLANTS Team, our Partners, and our Data Contributors.

 

Mitigation and Conservation Banking
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To many landowners a threatened or endangered (T&E) species on their property is anathema because it can herald all kinds of state and federal limitations on use of their property.& ...

 

Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper

This project is part of a collaborative effort to map and better understand monarch butterflies and their host plants across the Western U.S. Data compiled through this project will improve our understanding of the distribution and phenology of monarchs and milkweeds, identify important breeding areas, and help us better understand monarch conservation needs. Some of the key research questions that these data will help us answer include:

  • Where are different milkweed species growing in the West?
  • Where are monarchs occurring in the West?
  • Where are monarchs breeding in the West?
  • When is milkweed emerging and senescing (dying back) in the West?
  • How does milkweed phenology (life cycle) differ by species?
  • When is monarch breeding occurring in specific areas/regions of the West?
  • What types of habitats are different milkweed species associated with?

Your help is critical to the success of this project! Because monarchs and their host plants are found all across the western U.S., the best way to document them is to engage a multitude of volunteers and their cameras. You can participate in this effort by using this website to:

  • Upload your photos of monarchs and milkweeds;
  • Identify milkweeds using our milkweed key, which profiles over 40 milkweed species found in the west;
  • Submit data which will help researchers determine the distribution, phenology, and conservation needs of monarchs and milkweeds in the west; and
  • Learn about monarchs, their host plants, and ongoing conservation efforts for these species. 

 

A Guide for Wildlife Management Associations and Co-ops
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This booklet is the result of more than 30 years of study, hard work and cooperation among private landowners and wildlife biologists. These “natural partners” have been working together for the benefit of wildlife since 1972, when the Texas Private Lands and Habitat Enhancement Program was conceived.

 

Best Management Practices for Shortgrass Prairie Birds
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The information in this guide is designed to guide you in creating and maintaining habitat for 13 bird species of the shortgrass prairie, birds that are in need of conservation efforts.

 

Private Lands Public Benefits - Incentives For The Stewardship Of Texas Agricultural Lands
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This guide is for Texans who want to ensure a future for the state’s farms and ranches: landowners who want to conserve, protect and steward their land and its resources; policymakers concerned about the costs to the state of the loss of rural lands; and all Texans who value the many benefits provided by working farms and ranches.

 

Wetlands Assistance Guide for Landowners
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The State recognizes that private landowners are stewards of a natural resource in which many of the benefits are accrued to the public. Ninety-seven percent of Texas’ land is privately owned and managed, and as such, management decisions on these lands are made by private landowners.

 

A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests
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Invasions of nonnative plants into forests of the Southern United States continue to spread and include new species, increasingly eroding forest productivity, hindering forest use and management activities, and degrading diversity and wildlife habitat.

 

Keeping the Razorbacks in the Football Stadium
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Feral animals are those that have returned to an untamed state after having been domesticated.  Such is the case with almost all the wild pigs in North America.& ...

 

Fire Management and Longleaf Pine in Mississippi
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According to the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, periodic fire played an important ecological role in shaping southern forests and grasslands. L ...

 

NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, State of the Bobwhite 2012
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This 2nd edition of the NBCI’s annual “State of the Bobwhite” report provides the most comprehensive assessment ever compiled on the current state of bobwhite conservation in the US.

 

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative - A range-wide plan for recovering bobwhites
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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified range-wide strategy of 25 state wildlife agencies, with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail.

 

Gleaners’ Handbook
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Handbook contains identification keys to native plant families, common forbs and wildflower seeds in Kerr County and surrounding counties. It also includes pressed flower guidelines, success with wildflower seed collection, and other useful information about native plants.

 

Recommended Native Plants for Landscaping in the Texas Hill Country
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This descriptive list of native plants was developed for the use of NPSOT Chapter members and new arrivals to our community interested in our native flora.

 

Texas Superstar - Strong and Stunning Plants for Texans
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Every plant earning the Texas Superstar® designation undergoes several years of extensive field trials by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, both part of the Texas A&M System.

 

Texas Statewide Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services - A Comprehensive Analysis of the Regulating and Cultural Services Provided by Texas Forests
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The value of traditional goods, such as timber, from Texas’ forests has long been recognized to be of economic  importance to society.

 

Fragmented Lands - Changing Land Ownership in Texas
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This brochure provides information to help you make crucial decisions that address the ownership fragmentation issue and its potential impact on Texas’ rural communities and the natural resources upon which our waters, wildlife habitats, and agricultural economies are ultimately based.

 

Inspection and Cleaning Manual for Equipment and Vehicles to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species 2012 Edition
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Procedures have been developed in this manual to address the transport of pest and invasive species through equipment movement. This manual provides uniform guidelines for inspecting and cleaning vehicles and equipment to help prevent the spread of pest and invasive species during Bureau of Reclamation activities.

 

Providing for Backyard Wildlfe - A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Feeders, Houses and Plants
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Brochure to assist people wanting to create habitat and features that will attract wildlife to their backyards.

 

Texas Wildscapes - Gardening for Wildlife
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Creating Shelter for Texas Wildlife
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Texas has a great wealth of wildlife and these animals can be beautiful and welcome guests in our gardens and rangelands across the Lone Star State.

 

Species Profile - Black-chinned & Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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Eighteen species of hummingbirds have accepted records in Texas, including the two most common species—Ruby-throated and Black-chinned.& ...

 

A Quick Reference Guide to Texas Hummingbirds
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So You Want A Hummingbird Garden
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Quick tips on attracting and maintaining a hummingbird habitat in Texas.

 

Cats & Wildlife - A Conservation Dilemma
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Summary: Free-ranging cats are abundant and widespread predators. They often exist at much higher densities than native predators. They prey on large numbers of wild animals, some of which are rare or endangered.

 

Appendices and Forms for Aquatic Vegetation Management In Texas - A Guidance Document
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Managing Riparian Habitats for Wildlife
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The majority of riparian wetlands in Texas are characterized by bottomland hardwood forests, which are ecosystems that experience periodic overbank flooding from adjacent rivers or major streams.

 

Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan
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Texas’ wetlands are among its most valuable natural resources. These lands provide many economic and ecological benefits, including flood control, improved water quality, harvestable products, and habitat for our abundant fish, shellfish and wildlife resources.

 

Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program - Texas
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Informative brochure, succinctly describes key features of this conservation program in Texas.

 

Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan 2013
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The 77th Legislature directed the Department to develop a comprehensive and strategic document known as the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Land & Water Plan).

 

A Watering Guide for Texas Landscape
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You don't have to give up having an aesthetically pleasing lawn to conserve water. It is important for homeowners who want to enjoy lawns but are concerned about conservation to realize lawns don't waste water, people do!  There are positive features of lawns as recreational surfaces that reduce heat loads, noise, and water and air pollution.& ...

 

Restoring Native Grasslands
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The native grasslands of Texas have been steadily disappearing since the arrival of the first settlers. With urban development and the conversion of land to row crops and pastures of non-native grasses, only about 96 million of the original 148 million acres of native grasslands remain.

 

Texas C.A.R.E.
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Texas CARE (Conserving Agricultural Resources and the Environment) is a comprehensive initiative to protect and conserve important wetlands throughout the Lone Star State, with particular emphasis on Gulf Coast wetlands and prairies, Southern Great Plains playa lakes and grasslands, and the Trinity Basin and East Texas Piney Woods rivers and bottomlands.

 

Endemic Species and Biodiversity Hotspots

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, endemic species are native species that are confined to a certain region or having a comparatively restricted distribution.& ...

 

Lightning-Season Burning - Friend or Foe of Breeding Birds?
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Native Plants - A Quick Reference Guide
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Learn more about native plants, get involved, and spread the word!

 

Ecology and Management of Bark Beetles (Coleoptera - Curculionidae - Scolytinae) in Southern Pine Forests
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ABSTRACT Barkbeetles (Coleoptera:Curculionidae:Scolytinae) have been an important historic and current factor affecting pine forest production in the southern United States.

 

Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine Plantations
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Army trained, combat tested and farmer approved feral hog control
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Rod Pinkston, a former U.S. Army Master Sergeant and war veteran, may well be one of the world's best and most intuitive wild hog hunters in the world.

 

Establishing Native Warm Season Grasses For Upland Wildlife
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In recent years, there has been increased interest in establishing native warm season grasses (NWSG) and forbs as wildlife habitat. Commonly known as prairie or prairie grass, native grasslands and savannas, a forest/grassland complex with less than 50% tree coverage, historically dominated the landscape across much of the United States.

 

Longleaf Pine Regeneration
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Provides instructions for artificial regeneration, site prep, seedings and planting to re-establish longleaf pine.  The guidelines conclude, “Longleaf pine has many desirable characteristics for landowners who have multiple-use forest management objectives.

 

USDA Forest Service Southern Regional Framework For Non-Native Invasive Species
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The purpose of the Southern Region (R8) Non-Native Invasive Species Strategy is to provide an effective interdisciplinary framework to implement Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) management programs.

 

Invasive Plant Responses to Silvicultural Practices in the South
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Many forest managers are unknowingly introducing and spreading invasive plants on their lands through management practices they implement. These practices, ranging from traditional silvicultural management to wildlife enhancement and land-use conversion practices, all influence invasive plant growth, reproduction, and dispersal.

 

A LANDOWNER'S GUIDE FOR WILD PIG MANAGEMENT - PRACTICAL METHODS FOR WILD PIG CONTROL
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Summarizes biology of wild pigs, history of introduction and range of occurence within the U.S., and ecological and economic impacts, with suggestions for management strategies.

 

Show Native Species Organizations & Professionals (204)
There are 204 resources serving South Texas Plains Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Native Species Organizations & Professionals serving South Texas Plains Region
Biologists / Ecologists
Advanced Ecology, LTD.
Keith Webb - Environmental Operations Manager - Center, TX
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Brian Gottschalk
Adams Environmental - Sr. Environmental Scientist and Project Manager - San Antonio, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
- College Station, TX
Hicks & Company
- Austin, TX
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
John Marksberry
Bird & Crawford Forestry - Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Center, TX
John R. Burns
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Fife
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Lisa Campbell
Water Resource Specialist - TAMU - Oceanography - College Station, TX
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Neiman Environments Inc
- Junction, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Clint Boal - Unit Scientist - Lubbock, TX
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Management
Lin Poor, M.S. - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Field Office: Littlefield, Texas - Houston, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX
Fisheries Biologists
Clint Wilson
Overton Fisheries, Inc. - Buffalo, TX
David Britton
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Southwest Region - Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator - Arlington, TX
Ecoresource Solutions Inc
Tony Byrne - President/Principal Ecologist - Arvada, CO
Herrmann's Fish Farm
Jon Herrmann - Owner and Manager - Robstown, TX
James Ballard
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commision - Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program Coordinator - Ocean Springs, MS
Johnson Lake Management
- San Marcos, TX
Lochow Ranch - Pond & Lake Management
- Bryan, TX
Overton Fisheries, Inc.
Todd and Kathy Overton - Owners - Buffalo, TX
Ross Carrie
President - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
SOLitude Lake Management
Paul Dorsett - Bryan, TX
Southern Sportsman Aquatics & Land Management
Scott Brown - Owner - Advance, NC
Texas Pro Lake Management
Steve Bardin - Comanche, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
Todd Sink
Associate Professor & Fisheries Specialist - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - College Station, TX
Tyler Fish Farm
Bob Waldrop - Owner - Ben Wheeler, TX
Vollmar Pond & Lake Management
Brad Vollmar - Owner - Fredericksburg, TX
Native Plant Society Chapters
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Susan K. Rieff - Executive Director - Austin, TX
Native Plant Society of Texas – San Antonio
- San Antonio, TX
South Texas Chapter - Native Plant Society of Texas
- Corpus Christi, TX
Uvalde Chapter - Native Plant Society of Texas
- Uvalde, TX
Native Species Nurseries
Aldridge Nursery, Inc.
- Atascosa, TX
Botanique
Robert Sacilotto - Stanardsville, VA
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
- Gloucester, VA
Fanick's Garden Center, Inc.
- San Antonio, TX
Gill Landscape Nursery
- Corpus Christi, TX
Gill Landscape Nursery
- Corpus Christi, TX
Izel Plants
Amanda McClean - Washington, DC
Laguna Nursery, Inc.
- Uvalde, TX
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Milberger's Landscaping & Nursery
- San Antonio, TX
Native Plant Society of Texas
- Fredericksburg, TX
PlantNative
- Portland, OR
Rainbow Gardens
- San Antonio, TX
Rainbow Gardens
- San Antonio, TX
Rock Bridge Trees
David Hughes - Bethpage, TN
Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Jeff Howell - Owner - Lucedale, MS
South Texas Natives Program
Forrest S. Smith - Program Director - Kingsville, TX
Superior Trees, Inc.
- Lee , FL
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Amy Graham - President - Austin, TX
Texas Superstar®
Brent Pemberton - Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center - Overton, TX
The Garden Center
- San Antonio, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
Turner's Gardenland
- Corpus Christi, TX
Valley Garden Center
- McAllen, TX
Waugh's Nursery Center
- Pharr, TX
Wildflower Farm
- Coldwater, ON
Seed / Seedling Suppliers
American Tree Seedling
- Bainbridge, GA
ArborGen
- Ridgeville, SC
ATS Partners, LLC
Chuck Whittaker - Bainbridge, GA
Bamert Seed Company
- Muleshoe, TX
Bell Brothers, Inc.
- Claxton, GA
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
- Gloucester, VA
Buckeye Nursery, Inc
- Perry, FL
Central Florida Lands & Timber Nursery, L.L.C.
- Mayo, FL
Chestnut Hill Nursery & Orchards
- Alachua, FL
Creative Land And Wildlife Solutions, LLC
Rans Thomas - Owner - Athens, GA
Deep South Growers
- Douglas, GA
Dwight Stansel Farm Nursery
- Wellborn, FL
East Texas Plant Materials Center
R. Alan Shadow - PMC Manager - Nacogdoches, TX
Elberta Forest Tree Nursery
Rayonier Inc. - Elberta, AL
Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center
Garret Thomassie - PMC Manager - Galliano, LA
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Stearns - Founder/Head Seedsman - Wolcott, VT
International Forest Company (IFCO)
- Moultrie, GA
Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.
- Chesterland, OH
J. R. Simplot Company
- Boise, ID
James E. 'Bud' Smith Plant Materials Center
Brandon Carr - PMC Manager - Knox City, TX
Johnny's Selected Seeds
- Winslow, ME
Kika de la Garza Plant Materials Center
John Reilley - PMC Manager - Kingsville, TX
Martha's Bloomers: Home & Garden Store
- Navasota, TX
Meeks Farms & Nursery, Inc.
George & Steve Meeks - Kite, GA
Native American Seed
- Junction, TX
Native Seeds-SEARCH
- Tucson, AZ
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
David Kidwell-Slak - PMC Manager - Beltsville, MD
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
Chris Osborne - Mount Vernon, WA
Ranchland Development Inc.
Roland N. Spencer - Founder - Winfield, KS
Rock Bridge Trees
David Hughes - Bethpage, TN
Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Jeff Howell - Owner - Lucedale, MS
South Texas Natives Program
Forrest S. Smith - Program Director - Kingsville, TX
Speedling, Inc.
- Ruskin, FL
Superior Trees, Inc.
- Lee , FL
Texas Native Seeds Program
Forrest S. Smith - Program Director - Kingsville, TX
The Vetiver Network International
- Bellingham, WA
Utah Seed
Orson Boyce - Tremonton, UT
Wildflower Farm
- Coldwater, ON
Weed / Invasives Management Professionals
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Texas Water Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Country Natural Beef
Wes Davies - Customer Service - Burns, OR
David Britton
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Southwest Region - Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator - Arlington, TX
Feral Hog Reporting - Texas
Jim Cathey - Associate Director, Texas A&M Natural Resources InstituteWildlife and Fisheries Sciences - College Station, TX
James Ballard
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commision - Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program Coordinator - Ocean Springs, MS
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
Texas Invasives
- Austin, TX
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Blaise Korzekwa
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Pearsall, TX
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
- Kingsville, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
David Rios
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Uvalde, TX
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - College Station, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Ecoresource Solutions Inc
Tony Byrne - President/Principal Ecologist - Arvada, CO
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Gary A. Burns, ACF
Burns Forestry - Owner - Crockett, TX
George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center)
- Bartlesville, OK
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Barry Wilson, USFWS - GCJV Coordinator - Lafayette, LA
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Justin Penick
Acorn Forestry - Founder, President, & CEO - Lufkin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyle Thigpen
Wildlife Biologist - Burns Forestry - Crockett, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Landmark Wildlife Management LLC
Keith Olenick - Principal/Senior Biologist - Austin, TX
Lannie B. Philley, AFM
Delta Land & Farm Mgmt Co, LLC - Appraiser, Manager - Mer Rouge, LA
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Matt Reidy
Wildlife Biologist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Devine, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV)
- Lafayette, CO
Preservation Texas
- Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Ricky ONeill
Neeley Forestry Service, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist and Certified Forester - Camden, AR
Rio Grande Joint Venture
Aimee Roberson - Joint Venture Coordinator - Alpine, TX
RiverBank Ecosystems
Adam Riggsbee, PhD - Austin, TX
Robert Veldman
K·Coe Conservation - Land Consultant - Loveland, CO
Roel Lopez
Director - Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ronnie Bane
Burditt Associates - Vice President - Conroe, TX
Ross Carrie
President - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc.
- Bainbridge, GA
Southern Sportsman Aquatics & Land Management
Scott Brown - Owner - Advance, NC
Teddy Reynolds, B.S.F., R.F., S.R.
Reynolds Forestry Consulting & Real Estate, PLLC - President/CEO - Magnolia, AR
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Diversity Program
John Davis - Program Director - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
Trent Tienert
Wildlife Biologist, Natural Resources Specialist - South Texas Plains Wildlife District - TPWD - Gonzales, TX
Trey Barron
Wildlife Diversity Biologist - Oak-Prairie Wildlife District - TPWD - Victoria, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX

 Non-native Wildlife and Invasive Species

   
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Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species
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This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.

 

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Information Resource for the United States Geological Survey

The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the United States Geological Survey located at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. This site has been established as a central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of nonindigenous aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States.

For more information on the NAS program see the NAS Flyer.

 

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) - Gateway to invasive species information covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.

The National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) was established in 2005 at the National Agricultural Library to meet the information needs of users including the National Invasive Species Council (Council). NISIC creates and manages the www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov Web site. The Web site serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.
 
The Center grew out of NAL's leadership in the development of the Invasivespecies.gov Web site for the Council. In June 2000, Invasivespecies.gov was launched as a joint collaboration between NAL, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Biological Information Infrastructure, and the Council. The site began with less than 200 links to external resources. By June 2005 the Web site had more than 12,000 unique links. A major redesign was needed to enhance access to this growing wealth of resources.
 
A new Web site, www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov, managed by NISIC was launched in 2005 built largely on the general content from the original www.invasivespecies.gov Web site.
 
Invasivespecies.gov is managed by the staff of the National Invasive Species Council to meet the administrative, communication, and facilitation needs specifically related to the business and activity of the Council.

 

Invasives Database - Texas

 

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States

 

USDA PLANTS Database

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
 
PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Team (NPDT), the USDA NRCS Information Technology Center (ITC), The USDA National Information Technology Center (NITC), and many other partners. Much of the PLANTS data and design is developed at NPDT, and the Web application is programmed at ITC and NITC and served through the USDA Web Farm. Here’s more information about who does what on the PLANTS Team, our Partners, and our Data Contributors.

 

Invaders of Texas

Invaders of Texas Program is an innovative campaign whereby volunteer "citizen scientists" are trained to detect the arrival and dispersal of invasive species in their own local areas. That information is delivered into a statewide mapping database and to those who can do something about it. The premise is simple. The more trained eyes watching for invasive species, the better our chances of lessening or avoiding damage to our native landscape. This website also contains information on local workshops, toolkits, and online seminars. Click here to become a citizen scientist.

 

iMapInvasives

iMapInvasives provides an on-line, GIS-based data management system to assist citizen scientists and natural resource managers working to protect natural resources from the threat of invasive species. Visit the iMapinvasives website 

 

Greenbook Plant Protection Product Search

Greenbook.net has an extensive database of chemical product information that you can use to help control unwanted plants. You can search by plant name and the database will list what chemicals you could use. If you need to know more about a specific chemical, you can type it in and search for product info. You need to register with the site to get the detailed information.  Some chemicals require a pesticide license.

 

Hydrilla Verticellata

This is an Invasive Species Element Stewardship Abstract, prepared by The Nature Conservancy to assist their land stewards and other land managers in managing invasive species.

 

Keeping the Razorbacks in the Football Stadium
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Feral animals are those that have returned to an untamed state after having been domesticated.  Such is the case with almost all the wild pigs in North America.& ...

 

Working Lands For Wildlife
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Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

 

Feral Hog Approved Holding Facility Guidelines in Texas
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This publication provides guidelines associated with feral hog approved holding facilities, also known as buyer stations. Approved holding facilities provide a way for landowners to earn income to offset the damage costs created by the feral hogs.& ...

 

Feral Hogs in Texas
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Booklet summarizes biology and ecology of feral hogs in Texas. Agricultural and environmental damage caused by feral hogs and methods to control population size are also described.

 

ExFor The Exotic Forest Pest Information System for North America Participant’s Guidelines
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ExFor is an Internet-accessible database containing information on forest pests that can be used by workers worldwide. This document describes the guidelines to be followed by contributors to the ExFor database in evaluating exotic forest pests and in submitting background information to the database.

 

Inspection and Cleaning Manual for Equipment and Vehicles to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species 2012 Edition
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Procedures have been developed in this manual to address the transport of pest and invasive species through equipment movement. This manual provides uniform guidelines for inspecting and cleaning vehicles and equipment to help prevent the spread of pest and invasive species during Bureau of Reclamation activities.

 

How to Prevent the Spread of New Zealand Mudsnails through Field Gear
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This is a guide for field detection and for treating field gear to prevent the spread of New Zealand mudsnails. It is intended for researchers, monitoring crews, watershed survey groups, and anyone else who travels frequently between aquatic or riparian locations.

 

Water Gardens and Introduced Species
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Constructing a water garden is a unique and enjoyable way to accent a property. There are many types of aquatic plants and animals commonly used in water gardens including water lettuce, cattails and koi.

 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2013 – 2017)
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Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are nonindigenous species that threaten the diversity or abundance of native species, the ecological stability of infested waters, and/or any commercial, agricultural, aquacultural, or recreational activities dependent on such waters.

 

Overview of EPA Authorities for Natural Resource Managers Developing Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response and Management Plans
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed this document as a tool for state, tribal, regional, and local natural resource managers who are preparing or considering the preparation of rapid response action and/or management plans for aquatic invasive species (AIS).

 

Cats & Wildlife - A Conservation Dilemma
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Summary: Free-ranging cats are abundant and widespread predators. They often exist at much higher densities than native predators. They prey on large numbers of wild animals, some of which are rare or endangered.

 

Triploid Grass Carp Information Sheet
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The grass carp, also known as white amur, is a vegetarian fish native to the Amur River in Asia. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced grass carp into the United States in 1963 for experimental purposes.

 

Appendices and Forms for Aquatic Vegetation Management In Texas - A Guidance Document
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Aquatic Vegetation Management In Texas - A Guidance Document
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This document describes the best available strategies and alternative treatment methods for prevention and management of nuisance aquatic vegetation problems.

 

Managing Nuisance Aquatic Plants
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Exotic plants can interfere with boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational activities. They can also hinder water movement, affect fish populations and reduce water quality.

 

Restoring Native Grasslands
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The native grasslands of Texas have been steadily disappearing since the arrival of the first settlers. With urban development and the conversion of land to row crops and pastures of non-native grasses, only about 96 million of the original 148 million acres of native grasslands remain.

 

Feral Hogs Negatively Affect Native Plant Communities
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Feral hogs (Sus scrofa), are a significant economic burden to landowners due to their destructive feeding and wallowing habits that cause damage to pastures and crops.

 

Endemic Species and Biodiversity Hotspots

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, endemic species are native species that are confined to a certain region or having a comparatively restricted distribution.& ...

 

Combating Invasive Species
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Policy Resolution 13-02: Western Governors support coordinated, prevention efforts of early detection and rapid response with multistate management and eradication actions to limit or eliminate introductions and improve control of invasive species expansion.

 

Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Interception Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States
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Aquatic Weed Management Control Methods

A discussion of the main types of aquatic weeds, plus prevention; biological, chemical, and mechanical control; and integrated weed management. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

 

Native Plants - A Quick Reference Guide
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Learn more about native plants, get involved, and spread the word!

 

A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region
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The Gulf Partnership is committed to Strategic Conservation, the identification of the most important areas in a region for conservation, restoration and long-term management.

 

The Texas Wildlife Action Plan

Excerpts from the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) applicable to private landowners.

 

Non-native Invasive Species Best Management Practices
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Non-native plants, animals, and microorganisms found outside of their natural range can become invasive. While many of these are harmless because they do not reproduce or spread in their new surroundings, other non-native species (NNIS) are considered invasive if they can cause harm to the economy, ecology or human health of the new environment.

 

Plant Image Gallery

The Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery is designed to assist botanists, ecologists, natural resource managers, educators and hobbyist with the identification of plants commonly found in the southern Great Plains. The Plant Image Gallery includes numerous images of each plant species for your ease in their identification.

 

Show Non-native Wildlife and Invasive Species Organizations & Professionals (37)
There are 37 resources serving South Texas Plains Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Non-native Wildlife and Invasive Species Organizations & Professionals serving South Texas Plains Region
Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force
Dr. Susan Pasko - Executive Secretary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Falls Church, VA
Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Candidate Conservation Program
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Genevieve Johnson - Desert LCC Coordinator - Boulder City, NV
Emergency Stabilization - Burned Area Rehabiliation
Erv Gasser - DOI National Interagency BAER Team Leader - Seattle, WA
Fish Passage Program - Southwest Region
- Albuquerque, NM
Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Greg Wathen - LCC Coordinator - Nashville, TN
Habitat Conservation Plans
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Landowner Incentive Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lower Texas Coast Coastal Program
Tim Anderson - Southwest Region Program Manager - Corpus Christi, TX
Lower Texas Coastal Program
Jonathan Moczygemba - Southwest Region Program Manager - Los Fresnos, TX
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
- Marion, IL
MultiState Conservation Grant Program
- Washington, DC, VA
National Fish Passage Program
Susan Wells - National Fish Passage Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program
Guy Foulks - NMBCA Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
U.S. Department of the Interior - Arlington, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program
Rodecia Mcknight - Small Grants Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program
Stacy Sanchez - U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program - National
See Description
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Texas
Cyndee Watson - State PFW Coordinator U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, TX
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Program
- Jackson, MS
Safe Harbor Agreements
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Coastal Program
Beau Hardegree - Regional Coordinator - Corpus Christi, TX
Texas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Lesser Prairie Chickens
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Texas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Melanie Dabovich - San Marcos, TX
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Samantha Brooke - Coastal Program Team Lead - Falls Church, VA
Upper Texas Coast Coastal Program
Woody Woodrow - Southwest Region Program Manager - Brazoria, TX
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
Weed / Invasives Management Professionals
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Texas Water Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Country Natural Beef
Wes Davies - Customer Service - Burns, OR
David Britton
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Southwest Region - Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator - Arlington, TX
Feral Hog Reporting - Texas
Jim Cathey - Associate Director, Texas A&M Natural Resources InstituteWildlife and Fisheries Sciences - College Station, TX
James Ballard
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commision - Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program Coordinator - Ocean Springs, MS
Living Habitats
Heidi Natura, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP - Founder & Partner - Chicago, IL
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
Texas Invasives
- Austin, TX

 Species of Special Concern

   
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Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework

The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Conservation Framework can be used by natural resource professionals and landowners to guide habitat management practices, conservation planning, and decision making for priority species and a variety of other wildlife that can provide economic, recreational, and aesthetic value to a single property or an entire region. Managing habitat for priority species like the endangered black-capped vireo can benefit other species, including popular game species, such as northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Similarly, managing for game species, if done responsibly, can benefit endangered species. 

 

The 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Annual Progress Report
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In 2014, a new era in wildlife conservation was ushered in with the implementation of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) Range-wide Conservation Plan (Van Pelt et al.

 

Wetlands Assistance Guide for Landowners
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The State recognizes that private landowners are stewards of a natural resource in which many of the benefits are accrued to the public. Ninety-seven percent of Texas’ land is privately owned and managed, and as such, management decisions on these lands are made by private landowners.

 

A Grassland Conservation Plan For Prairie Grouse
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This Grassland Conservation Plan for Prairie Grouse, coordinated by the North American Grouse Partnership, represents the collective efforts and expertise of numerous grassland and prairie grouse experts in developing habitat prioritizations that are needed to sustain grouse and other grassland species into the future.

 

NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, State of the Bobwhite 2012
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This 2nd edition of the NBCI’s annual “State of the Bobwhite” report provides the most comprehensive assessment ever compiled on the current state of bobwhite conservation in the US.

 

NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program. Addendum, The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative - A range-wide plan for recovering bobwhite
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While NBCI 2.0 prioritizes where bobwhite restorations should take place, states do not currently have the resources to reach target densities across all the high and medium restoration potential regions of the BRI.

 

State Of The Bobwhite - Grassland Conservation At A Crossroads
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This first annual “State of the Bobwhite” report by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) provides a snapshot of the population, hunting, and conservation status of the northern bobwhite, Colinus virginianus.

 

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative - A range-wide plan for recovering bobwhites
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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified range-wide strategy of 25 state wildlife agencies, with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail.

 

Conservation Reserve Program - CP33–Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds - Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2006–2011 Final Report
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a suite of Farm Bill conservation programs and practices that provide incentives to enhance environmental quality on privately-owned agricultural lands.

 

A Quick Reference Guide to Texas Hummingbirds
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So You Want A Hummingbird Garden
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Quick tips on attracting and maintaining a hummingbird habitat in Texas.

 

Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan
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Texas’ wetlands are among its most valuable natural resources. These lands provide many economic and ecological benefits, including flood control, improved water quality, harvestable products, and habitat for our abundant fish, shellfish and wildlife resources.

 

Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program - Texas
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Informative brochure, succinctly describes key features of this conservation program in Texas.

 

Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan 2013
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The 77th Legislature directed the Department to develop a comprehensive and strategic document known as the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Land & Water Plan).

 

Restoring Native Grasslands
By:

The native grasslands of Texas have been steadily disappearing since the arrival of the first settlers. With urban development and the conversion of land to row crops and pastures of non-native grasses, only about 96 million of the original 148 million acres of native grasslands remain.

 

Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture
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The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) covers two Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs)–the Edwards Plateau BCR of Central Texas and the Oaks and Prairies BCR of Texas and Oklahoma.

 

Fire Prescriptions for Maintenance and Restoration of Native Plant Communities
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South Texas, the "Last Great Habitat"
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Concerns about conservation of the tropical rainforests and other well-known regions of the world are widely publicized, yet a region of inestimable biological wealth lies relatively unrecognized on the back doorstep of North America.

 

Bobwhite Quail Biology and Management
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This is a 7-page fact sheet that covers life history, food requirements, habitat and forest management to benefit Bobwhite.

 

Conserving Wildlife and Crucial Habitat in the West
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Policy Resolution 13-04: Western Governors direct the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council to continue its guidance in the development, management and implementation with partners of the state and West-wide CHATs.

 

Two Win-Win Initiatives with Common Recovery Goals Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Greater Sage-Grouse
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Lesser prairie-chickens and greater sage-grouse depend on large prairie and steppe landscapes shared by agricultural producers, primarily ranching operations.

 

Lightning-Season Burning - Friend or Foe of Breeding Birds?
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Ecology and Management of Bark Beetles (Coleoptera - Curculionidae - Scolytinae) in Southern Pine Forests
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ABSTRACT Barkbeetles (Coleoptera:Curculionidae:Scolytinae) have been an important historic and current factor affecting pine forest production in the southern United States.

 

Show Species of Special Concern Organizations & Professionals (147)
There are 147 resources serving South Texas Plains Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Species of Special Concern Organizations & Professionals serving South Texas Plains Region
Biologists / Ecologists
Advanced Ecology, LTD.
Keith Webb - Environmental Operations Manager - Center, TX
Alec King
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Andrew Eberly
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician I - Austin, TX
Beyrl Armstrong
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Co-Founder - Austin, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Brian Gottschalk
Adams Environmental - Sr. Environmental Scientist and Project Manager - San Antonio, TX
Chris Jewett
Native Establishments - Wildlife Biologist - Lubbock, TX
Clay Whitfill
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Damon Speidel
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician III - Austin, TX
David Riley
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Dusty Alexander
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Region Manager - Austin, TX
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Greg Simons
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Wildlife Biologist - San Angelo, TX
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
- College Station, TX
Hicks & Company
- Austin, TX
James Hall
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist II - Austin, TX
Joe Hamrick
Compliance and Wildlife - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
John Marksberry
Bird & Crawford Forestry - Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Center, TX
John R. Burns
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Fife
Burns Forestry - Forester/Wildlife Biologist - Crockett, TX
Jonathan Ogren
Siglo Group - Principal and Environmental Planner - Austin, TX
Kyle Lassiter
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Kyndal Anderson
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Lisa Campbell
Water Resource Specialist - TAMU - Oceanography - College Station, TX
Lynn Kitchen, Ph.D.
Adams Environmental - Vice President - San Antonio, TX
Mark Gray
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Mark Hefner
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist I - Austin, TX
Michael A. Petter
Resource & Land Management, Inc. - President - Pleasanton, TX
Neiman Environments Inc
- Junction, TX
Nicholas Kolbe
Kolbe Ranches and Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Realtor - Pflugerville, TX
Nick Fisher
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Wildlife Services Technician - Austin, TX
Private Lands Biologist Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Roger Wolfe
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Lesser Prairie Chicken Program Manager - Topeka, KS
Ruben Cantu
Wildlife Consultants, Inc. - Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Rangeland Management - San Angelo, TX
Rufus Stephens
Rufus Wildlife Consulting - Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist - Boerne, TX
Ryan Jonnes
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - Regional Biologist - Cloudcroft, NM
Sarah Kahlich
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Senior Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Shane Kiefer
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Director of Ecological Services - Austin, TX
Shantel Porterfield
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management - Staff Biologist - Austin, TX
Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Clint Boal - Unit Scientist - Lubbock, TX
Texas Wildlife Company
- Austin, TX
Texas Wildlife Management
Lin Poor, M.S. - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Austin, TX
Thomas DeWitt
Associate Professor - College Station, TX
UNT Quail
- Denton, TX
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Field Office: Littlefield, Texas - Houston, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX
Federal And State Agency Landowner Specialists
Continuing Forestry Education Group
- Overton, TX
Riparian and Wetlands Specialists
Advanced Ecology, LTD.
Keith Webb - Environmental Operations Manager - Center, TX
Blair Wildlife Consulting
Jenny Blair, C.W.B. - Principal - Kyle, TX
Brian Gottschalk
Adams Environmental - Sr. Environmental Scientist and Project Manager - San Antonio, TX
Comite Resources, Inc.
Dr. John W. Day, Jr. - Covington, LA
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
Janet Wolfe - Director of Marketing and Communications - Albuquerque, NM
Ecoresource Solutions Inc
Tony Byrne - President/Principal Ecologist - Arvada, CO
Eric Keith
Project Manager - Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Huntsville, TX
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Goshawk Environmental Consulting Inc.
Zane Homesley - Founder/President - Austin, TX
Horizon Environmental Services, Inc.
- Austin, TX
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
Lisa Gonzalez - President and CEO - The Woodlands, TX
James Ballard
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commision - Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program Coordinator - Ocean Springs, MS
Jason Theriot
The Earth Partners - Houston, TX
John J. Kuhl
Hicks and Company - Austin, TX
Johnson Lake Management
- San Marcos, TX
Kevin Mundorff
Raven Environmental Services, Inc. - Prescribed Burn Manger - Huntsville, TX
Lochow Ranch - Pond & Lake Management
- Bryan, TX
Marstel-Day, LLC
- Fredericksburg, VA
Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Andrew Sansom, Ph.D - Executive Director - San Marcos, TX
Preservation Texas
- Austin, TX
Robert Veldman
K·Coe Conservation - Land Consultant - Loveland, CO
Society for Range Management
- Littleton, CO
TGE Resources, Inc.
Robin Franks, P.G., CHMM, RSO - President/Principal - Houston, TX
Vollmar Pond & Lake Management
Brad Vollmar - Owner - Fredericksburg, TX
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Field Office: Littlefield, Texas - Houston, TX
Whitenton Group, Inc.
- San Marcos, TX
Weed / Invasives Management Professionals
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Texas Water Resources Institute - College Station, TX
Country Natural Beef
Wes Davies - Customer Service - Burns, OR
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Aerial Surveys Confirm Upward Trend in Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population
7/9/2018 5:52:00 AM
The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird populations are up from last year, continuing an upward trend over the last few years. The survey indicates an estimated breeding population of 38,637 birds this year, compared to 29,934 birds counted last year. “This approximately 30% annual increase is good news, but we know that year-to-year fluctuations are the norm with upland birds like the lesser prairie-chicken,” said Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “The most encouraging result from the survey is the steadily increasing population trend over the last six years, which likely reflects improving habitat conditions.” Lesser prairie-chickens can be found in four ecoregions in five states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Wildlife biologists note prairie chicken numbers regularly fluctuate up and down from year to year due to changes in habitat conditions mainly influenced by weather patterns. More favorable weather patterns this past year contributed to apparent increases in three of four ecoregions where the birds are found.  There is concern that moderate to severe drought over portions of the lesser prairie-chicken range this year may lead to a down turn in the population next year. The shinnery oak ecoregion of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle saw the biggest annual increase in birds, followed by the sand sagebrush ecoregion of southeast Colorado and southwest Kansas.  The shortgrass ecoregion which covers northwest Kansas also registered an annual increase in the number of breeding birds. The estimated number of birds in the mixed-grass ecoregion spanning the northeast Panhandle of Texas, northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas is similar to last year’s estimate. The annual population surveys are conducted as part of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan, a collaborative effort of WAFWA and state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure long-term viability of the lesser prairie-chicken through voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry. The plan allows industry to continue operations while reducing and mitigating impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Industry contributions support conservation actions implemented by participating private landowners. To date, industry partners have committed more than $64 million in enrollment and mitigation fees to pay for conservation actions, and landowners across the range have agreed to conserve more than 150,000 acres of habitat through 10-year and permanent conservation agreements. “We’re encouraged by this year’s numbers but are mindful that successful conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken will require decades of consistent progress,” said J.D. Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “The continued success of the range-wide plan depends on ongoing participation by industry partners, and we are grateful for the support shown thus far. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be making another ruling on the status of the lesser prairie-chicken later this year, and industry support of the plan is more important than ever. At such a critical juncture in the conservation of this important but imperiled prairie grouse, we encourage industry to contact us and get involved."   For more information about the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, contact Roger Wolfe at roger.wolfe@wafwa.org WAFWA news releases available at www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Photo Credit: Grant Beauprez   Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 24 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

WAFWA Reports on 2017 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Progress
4/2/2018 3:05:00 PM
On March 30, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service its fourth annual report detailing achievements under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. Among other accomplishments, WAFWA reported on the permanent conservation of land in three ecoregions, including a stronghold that was created with the placement of a conservation easement on a nearly 30,000-acre ranch in Kansas. In addition, the population of the bird is trending upward, a promising sign. “We’re in this for the long haul and we’re just four years in at this point,” said J.D. Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “We’re pleased at the progress that has been made thus far. The population trend is encouraging, as is the continued support of all of our partners who are participating in the range-wide plan.” The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado as well as other private and public partners involved in lesser prairie-chicken conservation. It was developed to enhance lesser prairie-chicken conservation by refocusing existing efforts and also established a new mitigation framework, administered by WAFWA, to encourage greater voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry participants. This plan allows industry participants to continue operations while restoring and maintaining habitat and reducing development impacts to the bird and its habitat. The plan was endorsed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013, and as part of the conservation effort, the states agreed to report annually on the overall progress of the plan. Findings for 2017 include: Lesser prairie-chicken population stable, trending up The annual lesser prairie-chicken aerial survey used to monitor populations was conducted from March through May 2017. The breeding population was estimated at 33,269 birds in 2017 which was up 34% from the previous year. There has been a statistically significant increasing trend in the range-wide lesser prairie-chicken breeding population since 2013 when drought subsided across much of their range. The average rate of annual increase since that time has been 2,931 birds. Permanent conservation efforts on private land are bolstered in 2017 During this reporting period, WAFWA secured permanent conservation in three ecoregions by finalizing agreements with five landowners.  One site consists of 968 acres of privately owned native rangeland in the mixed-grass ecoregion in south central Kansas. WAFWA purchased a perpetual easement, held by Pheasants Forever, that protects the conservation values of the site. This property is adjacent to a property WAFWA has already permanently conserved, bringing the complex total to 2,726 acres. In September 2017, permanent conservation easements were finalized with three different landowners to secure a complex of 3,682 acres in the shortgrass ecoregion in northwest Kansas. The Nature Conservancy holds these easements. WAFWA acquired the title to a 29,718-acre Kansas ranch in the sand sagebrush ecoregion in 2016, and in March 2017, a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy was placed on the ranch. The property meets all the criteria to be considered a stronghold, which is defined as a large area of high-quality habitat that can sustain a population into the future. WAFWA will continue to manage the property as a working cattle ranch. Private land lease agreements enhance conservation efforts In March 2017, a new 10-year term agreement was signed with a landowner in the mixed-grass ecoregion on 12,738 acres in southern Kansas.  An additional 10-year agreement was signed with another landowner on a 160-acre inholding within the larger tract. Both properties are grazed and managed as one unit.  NFWF grant enhances lesser prairie-chicken habitat During 2017, WAFWA provided $153,945 in funding to a private landowner in the shinnery oak ecoregion in the Texas Panhandle for mechanical removal of invasive mesquite. The funding for that agreement was provided by a ConocoPhillips Spirit of Conservation Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The agreement prescribed 933 acres of brush management in a high priority area that is immediately adjacent to a property that is occupied by the species and permanently conserved. All the restoration work prescribed through this agreement was completed prior to the end of this reporting period and lesser prairie-chicken are expected to quickly benefit from the new habitat.  Industry projects mitigated In 2017, there were 169 industry projects processed and mitigated. These projects required $1,426,961.45 in mitigation fees. There continues to be a substantial surplus of credits available. In 2017, participant companies reduced impacts on lesser prairie-chicken habitat by voluntarily siting 74% of new development with pre-existing development and by siting most new developments in areas that have poor or marginal habitat quality. These siting decisions also significantly reduced the amount of mitigation fees required to offset the new development.  Cooperative efforts enhancing conservation A two-year renewable agreement with Pheasants Forever was extended for the second year of the agreement to partially fund five positions located throughout the lesser prairie-chicken’s range. This is a cooperative effort between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever and WAFWA. The supported positions will assist all the partnering entities with program promotion, monitoring activities, and conservation planning.  In addition, a video highlighting the WAFWA lesser prairie-chicken program was produced and can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI4M_uPgqlM Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785.256.3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org Photo Credit: Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism Full details are in the annual report, which will be available on the WAFWA website at www.wafwa.org Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Aerial Surveys to Document Population Trends
3/6/2018 4:41:00 AM
Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of  Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken with voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. “This survey is critical to provide annual estimates of the lesser prairie-chicken population across the five states,” explained Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “These population estimates help guide decisions related to conservation efforts targeting lesser prairie-chickens and their habitat.” The surveys will be conducted by helicopter in locations chosen randomly within lesser prairie-chicken range, which is part of the methodology strategy. In previous years, some of the fly paths prompted calls, which is why WAFWA is providing notification about the start of aerial survey work. Preliminary results from this year’s surveys will be available on July 1. WAFWA news releases available at http://www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785.256.3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org   Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

WAFWA Conservation Partners Forum Aims to Amplify Lesser Prairie-chicken Conservation Efforts
1/30/2018 10:34:00 AM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) recently convened a forum of conservation professionals working on lesser prairie-chicken recovery efforts to share information and strategize how conservation efforts for the bird can be enhanced. The meeting took place at the Arcadia Conservation Education Area in Edmond, OK Jan.17-18, 2018, and was hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, WAFWA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). More than 60 professionals attended, including representatives of state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations that are working on a variety of efforts to conserve the grassland bird. The lesser-prairie chicken was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2014, a listing that was vacated in 2016 as a result of a lawsuit and subsequent federal court ruling. Several environmental groups petitioned that decision, and a species status review is currently underway by USFWS, which could result in the species being listed again. The conservation partners forum was designed to identify paths forward to enhance current conservation strategies and develop new strategies to conserve grasslands and the lesser prairie-chicken. The focal point of the meeting was WAFWA’s  Lesser Prairie-chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. “We view the range-wide plan as a road map for comprehensive recovery of the lesser prairie-chicken,” said attendee Tim Griffiths, West Working Lands for Wildlife Coordinator with NRCS. “We were glad to participate, because we believe there is ample opportunity to scale up private lands conservation in the Southern Great Plains. Having a diverse group of partners aligned and all working towards productivity of working rangelands will yield much larger results.” The partners shared information on current efforts and then spent time brainstorming specific ideas and suggestions on how to move forward to amplify collective efforts. "Everyone at the table during the meeting shares the same goals of improving habitat and ultimately increasing populations of the lesser prairie-chicken across its range," said J.D. Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. "Now comes the real work of executing our action items, and I am confident that we can make a real difference for long-term health of the prairie chicken population and the working landscape where it lives." Action items included improving reporting, better coordination of conservation efforts, enhanced communication, and developing precise interim measures tied to the long-term goals of the range-wide plan. Ensuring grassland and lesser prairie-chicken conservation funding is included in the Farm Bill that will be before Congress soon was another item highlighted. “This gathering has really exceeded expectations,” said Amy Lueders, USFWS Regional Director for the Southwest Region. “We all share a passion for this and it’s encouraging to celebrate the conservation successes we’ve had so far and work together to amplify all of the efforts out there.  We all need to stay focused on the goals of the range-wide plan and the bigger picture of restoring prairie ecosystems that are at risk, not only for the lesser prairie-chicken, but for all species that depend on healthy habitat.” The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA; the state wildlife agencies of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and many non-government conservation organizations. It was developed to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken by providing another voluntary conservation program for landowner and industry, and improving coordination between state and federal conservation agencies. Funding for WAFWA’s conservation efforts comes from voluntary mitigation payments by industry partners that are enrolled in the plan. Media Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785-256-3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org Photo Credit: Grant Beauprez Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future

Kansas Conservation Easement Increases Protection for Lesser Prairie-chicken
8/21/2017 9:09:00 PM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has finalized permanent conservation agreements with a private landowner to conserve 968 acres of high-quality lesser prairie-chicken habitat in south-central Kansas. In addition, a 160-acre tract owned by another private landowner that is fenced and managed with the property will be protected under a 10-year conservation agreement that was finalized this week. These two tracts of land are immediately adjacent to a 1,781-acre tract which was placed under a permanent conservation agreement earlier this year. The conserved acreage is all native rangeland currently being managed for livestock production, and this historical use will continue. “Thanks to conservation-minded landowners, we now have a complex of 2,909 acres being managed with the needs of the lesser prairie-chicken in mind,” said Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Program Manager.  “The ranch is in very good condition due to a long history of good management and there are two active leks on the property.” The permanent conservation easement on the 968-acre tract was purchased by WAFWA and will be held and monitored by Pheasants Forever. The easement restricts future development and activities that would be detrimental to the habitat for the bird. All other property rights associated with historical use of the land will be retained by the private landowner.  WAFWA has also established an endowment that will provide the landowner with sufficient payments to implement a lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan in perpetuity. This transaction not only permanently protects key prairie habitat, but also ensures that this property will remain a working cattle ranch. "Pheasants Forever is proud to partner with WAFWA and the private landowners to complete this voluntary conservation easement,” said Jordan Martincich, Director of Development for Pheasants Forever. “The conservation values associated with this project will have a positive impact on wildlife habitat for future generations.  We hope other landowners will partner with Pheasants Forever and WAFWA to perpetually protect their working lands for the benefit of wildlife and the benefit of the ranching community." The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken by providing a mechanism for voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry and improving coordination between state and federal conservation agencies. Funding for WAFWA’s conservation efforts comes from voluntary mitigation payments by industry partners that are enrolled in the plan. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Landowners interested in participating in one of the short-term, long-term or permanent conservation options available under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan should contact Roger Wolfe at roger.wolfe@wafwa.org   WAFWA news releases available at http://www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Media Contact: Roger Wolfe (785) 256-3737     roger.wolfe@wafwa.org Photo Credit: Conservation Media   Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

New Video Shows how the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan is working on the Landscape
7/26/2017 11:43:00 PM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has released a new video demonstrating how the mitigation program in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan is successfully conserving habitat for this iconic grassland bird. The video documents work being done on a West Texas ranch that is being funded by industry participation in the plan. The video was produced through a partnership between WAFWA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pheasants Forever. The range-wide plan allows industry to continue operations while reducing and mitigating impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Industry contributions support conservation actions implemented by participating private landowners. Pioneer Natural Resources is one of more than 160 companies that are enrolled in the plan. “Pioneer jumped into this program because it gives us the ability to control our own fate,” said Pioneer VP Legal and Chief Compliance Office Ron Schindler, who appears in the video. “We were able to voluntarily jump in and do some things that would allow us to have some predictability with our future. WAFWA’s expertise helps us select places for production that are less impactful to the chicken first, and on places where we just can’t avoid them, WAFWA also helps us with designs and offsets so that if we impact the chicken in a particular place they get double the habitat elsewhere.” Randy Beasley’s ranch in Yoakum County in West Texas is a textbook example of how the plan is improving lesser prairie-chicken habitat. Beasley’s ranch has been in his family since 1941. He recalls a time before mesquite invaded the landscape, when lesser prairie-chickens abounded. WAFWA entered into a 10-year contract with Beasley to improve habitat on 15,457 acres of his ranch. Beasley is implementing a conservation plan developed by WAFWA to increase native grass production and reduce the proliferation of mesquite and shinnery oak. Mesquite and shinnery oak are native plants but their abundance has increased dramatically since historic times due to fire suppression. Dense stands of these woody plants suppress native grasses which provide important habitat for the bird as well as forage for livestock.  Lesser prairie-chickens also avoid mesquite-infested rangelands. Ideal habitat in this region consists of a diverse stand of native grasses, forbs, and shrubs such as shinnery oak. Since the contract was initiated in March 2015, more than 2,800 acres of mesquite have been mechanically removed with another 2,400 acres slated for removal. In addition, more than 7,500 acres of shinnery oak has been chemically suppressed. WAFWA biologists are now working with the landowner to reintroduce fire to portions of the ranch so that the benefits of these restoration practices will be maintained into the future. WAFWA biologists have documented lesser prairie-chickens on the ranch and expect the birds to soon reoccupy areas where recent restoration work has occurred. “Since we’ve started this wildlife program, we’re starting to see grass grow and we’re seeing chickens again like we did in the past,” Beasley said in the video. “It’s one of those things that is good for us financially, it has been good for the land, for the cattle and it has been a dream come true.” The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the five state wildlife agencies where the birds are found: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. The plan was developed to ensure long-term viability of the lesser prairie-chicken through voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry. To date, industry partners have committed over $63 million in enrollment and mitigation fees to pay for conservation actions, and landowners across the range have agreed to conserve over 145,000 acres of habitat through 10-year and permanent conservation agreements. “It is encouraging to see the progress we’ve made in just a few short years,” said J.D. Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “This new video underscores how private landowners and industry support are making a difference for the long-term survival of the lesser prairie-chicken. Industry and landowner support for conservation efforts are critically important right now as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving through the process to determine if the bird warrants being listed again under the Endangered Species Act. We applaud the participation of landowners and industry who care about the future of this species.”   WAFWA video HERE WAFWA news releases available at www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Contact: Jim Pitman, 620.208.6120 jim.pitman@wafwa.org   Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

Aerial Surveys Confirm Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population is Holding Steady
6/29/2017 2:11:00 AM
The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird population trends remain stable after six years of aerial survey data collection. The survey indicates an estimated breeding population of 33,269 birds this year, up from 24,648 birds counted last year. Though scientists are encouraged by the numbers, they know that year-to-year fluctuations are the norm with upland birds like the lesser prairie-chicken.   “The survey results indicate a 34% increase in the number of birds, but we don’t read too much into short-term population fluctuations,” explained Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “The monitoring technique used for this survey is designed to track trends which more accurately reflect the amount of available habitat and population stability. The bottom line is that the population trend over the last five years indicates a stable population, which is good news for all involved in lesser prairie-chicken conservation efforts.”   Lesser-prairie chickens can be found in four ecoregions in five states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Wildlife biologists note prairie chicken numbers regularly fluctuate up and down from year to year due to changes in habitat conditions mainly influenced by weather patterns. The surveys this year indicated apparent population increases in three of the four ecoregions and range-wide, with an apparent decrease estimated in the fourth ecoregion.   The short-grass prairie ecoregion of northwest Kansas saw the biggest apparent annual increase in birds, followed by the mixed-grass prairie ecoregion of the northeast Panhandle of Texas, northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas. The sand sagebrush ecoregion of southeast Colorado and southwest Kansas also registered an apparent annual increase in the number of breeding birds. An apparent annual population decline was noted in the shinnery oak ecoregion of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.   “We’d also like to point out that the aerial surveys this year were taken before the late spring snowstorm blasted through much of the bird’s range, just prior to the peak of nest incubation,” said Wolfe. “Like all wildlife, the health of these birds depends on the weather. Rainfall at the right time means healthy habitat for the birds, and heavy wet snow like we saw in late April can have a negative impact on survival and productivity. We’ll know more about the impact of that weather event after aerial surveys are completed next year.”   The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure long-term viability of the lesser prairie-chicken through voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry. The plan allows industry to continue operations while reducing and mitigating impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Industry contributions support conservation actions implemented by participating private landowners. To date, industry partners have committed over $63 million in enrollment and mitigation fees to pay for conservation actions, and landowners across the range have agreed to conserve over 145,000 acres of habitat through 10-year and permanent conservation agreements. Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785.256.3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org   WAFWA news releases available at www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future. Photo Credit: Grant Beauprez  

WAFWA Reports on 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Conservation Progress
4/2/2017 9:24:00 PM
On March 31, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service its third annual report detailing achievements under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. Among other highlights, WAFWA reported on the purchase of an ecologically significant piece of property in Kansas, which permanently protects nearly 30,000 acres of high-quality lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado and is administered by WAFWA. It was developed to promote conservation by providing a blueprint for lesser prairie-chicken conservation through voluntary cooperation of landowners, land management agencies and industry participants. This plan allows participants to continue operations while restoring and maintaining habitat and reducing development impacts to the bird and its habitat. “As we close out our third year of implementation, we’re really hitting our stride,” said Alexa Sandoval, Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “We are encouraged that despite an oil and gas industry downturn, support for this collaborative conservation approach remains strong. We commend all of our partners for their participation in the range-wide plan.” The plan was endorsed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013, and as part of the conservation effort, the states agreed to report annually on the overall progress of the plan. Findings for 2016 include: Land conservation efforts on private land increasing By the end of 2016, WAFWA was conserving 16 sites totaling 133,703 acres either through fee title ownership or long-term contractual agreements. Three of those sites, totaling 33,053 acres, are permanently conserved through perpetual conservation easements or fee title ownership. The other 13 sites were 10-year contracts with private landowners, covering 100,650 acres across the range, three of which were executed during the past year. Most significantly, a 29,718-acre land acquisition by WAFWA was finalized in June 2016, permanently protecting high-quality habitat in the sand sagebrush ecoregion. The property was purchased from a willing seller and will continue to be managed as a working cattle ranch using livestock as the primary tool to create optimum habitat for the bird. In addition, 1,781 acres of privately owned native rangeland is now permanently protected in the mixed grass ecoregion. WAFWA purchased a perpetual easement on the property that protects the conservation values of the site. The easement is held by Pheasants Forever. Lesser prairie-chicken population stable The annual lesser prairie-chicken aerial survey used to monitor populations was conducted from March through May 2016. The latest survey showed population trends have been stable after five years of data collection. An estimated breeding population of 25,261 birds was documented in 2016, which scientists say is not statistically different from the estimate of 29,162 birds in 2015 given the variability associated with the survey methodology. Aerial surveys for 2017 are underway and will run through mid-May. Results are anticipated in early July. Industry projects generate mitigation credit, offset by conservation In 2016, 114 industry related projects were processed and mitigated. There continues to be a surplus of credits available with a range-wide positive value of 71,639 units. This reflects the continued low energy prices that have slowed industry development in the region. WAFWA has focused on committing enrollment and mitigation fees for conservation contracts to benefit the bird and to ensure companies have available mitigation credit to develop as energy prices rebound. In July 2016, WAFWA developed a process to address non-payment of enrollment fees that provides several options to help companies stay enrolled in the program. Technology enhances conservation decision-making During 2016, significant progress was made in database development and accessibility. Highlights include the integration of impact and conservation sites into a relational database to ensure all habitat impacts are offset by an appropriate conservation site. In addition, a custom website was developed that provides participating companies a way to submit and approve new projects as well as view past submissions. WAFWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can also use the web interface to obtain site-specific summary statistics, habitat mitigation credit balances and raw data. Cooperative efforts enhancing conservation A renewed cooperative effort between Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever and WAFWA will enhance program promotion, monitoring activities, and conservation planning and delivery. There was also continued effort to work with state wildlife agencies to identify and pursue research and management needs. Those activities included lesser prairie-chicken translocation efforts that moved birds from the shortgrass to sand sagebrush ecoregion. Full details are in the annual report available Here Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785-256-3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future. Photo Credit: Kelly Adams

Aerial Survey to Document Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends
3/6/2017 8:00:00 PM
Aerial Surveys to Document Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken with voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. “We’ve established a consistent methodology for these aerial surveys, working closely with the wildlife agencies of each of the states involved,” explained Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “We’re documenting population trends over time that will allow us to see how various management strategies for the bird are working on the ground.” The surveys will be conducted by helicopter in locations chosen randomly within lesser prairie-chicken range, which is part of the methodology strategy. In previous years, some of the fly paths prompted calls, which is why WAFWA is getting the word out about the start of aerial survey work. Results from this year’s surveys will be available on July 1. WAFWA news releases available at http://www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE March 7, 2017 Contact: Roger Wolfe, 785.256.3737 roger.wolfe@wafwa.org   Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future. Photo Credit: Grant Beauprex

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant to Restore Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat
2/12/2017 8:08:00 PM
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded a grant to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to restore habitat to benefit the lesser prairie-chicken. The grant, which totals $197,309.25, is being funded through NFWF’s ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program. “We appreciate our partnership with NFWF and ConocoPhillips and look forward to applying these funds as we continue to implement the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan,” said Alexa Sandoval, Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “Restoration work is key to the long-term survival of the bird and this grant will contribute to the combined efforts to keep the bird off the endangered species list.” The bird was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2014, but was de-listed in 2016 after a federal judge ruled on a lawsuit and vacated protections for the bird. The judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not thoroughly consider active conservation efforts in making the listing decision, namely the activities associated with WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is currently reviewing the status of the lesser prairie-chicken across its five-state range to determine whether it should be listed again. The NFWF grant will fund restoration work on up to 1,000 acres of private land that will connect larger fragmented pieces of prairie-chicken habitat. Contiguous tracts of good habitat create better conditions for the bird. “The range-wide plan calls for us to focus our efforts as strategically as possible,” said Bill Van Pelt, WAFWA Grassland Coordinator. “By connecting good bird habitat, more acreage will be available for the birds to thrive.” The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken by providing a mechanism for voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry and improving coordination between state and federal conservation agencies. Funding for WAFWA’s conservation efforts comes from voluntary mitigation payments by industry partners that are enrolled in the plan, along with grants from partners like NFWF. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat.   WAFWA news releases available at www.wafwa.org/news/ More info about NFWF’s ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program: www.nfwf.org/spirit/Pages/home.aspx Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan can be found HERE Media contact: Bill Van Pelt 602-717-5066 bill.vanpelt@wafwa.org Photo Credit: Grant Beauprez Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

WAFWA Secures First Conservation Easement for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat on Private Land
1/4/2017 10:22:00 PM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has finalized permanent conservation agreements with a private landowner to conserve 1,781 acres of high-quality lesser prairie-chicken habitat in south-central Kansas. This is the first permanent conservation easement in the mixed-grass prairie region secured as part of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan. The conserved acreage is all native rangeland currently being managed for livestock production, and this historical use will continue. The property is occupied by lesser prairie-chickens and is located within one of the highest priority conservation areas identified in the range-wide plan. The transactions includes a conservation easement purchased by WAFWA and held by Pheasants Forever that legally restricts future development and activities that would be detrimental to the habitat for the bird. All other property rights associated with historical use of the land will be retained by the private landowner. WAFWA has also established an endowment that will provide the landowner with sufficient payments to implement a lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan in perpetuity. This transaction not only permanently protects key prairie habitat but also ensures that this property will remain a working cattle ranch. “This conservation easement is another milestone in the successful implementation of the range-wide plan and will permanently secure important habitat that the birds need to thrive,” said Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Program Manager. “We appreciate the collaboration with Pheasants Forever, our industry partners who are funding this effort, and the conservation-minded landowner who has made this possible.” “It took a lot of work on the part of WAFWA, Pheasants Forever and ourselves to find a balance between the needs of the lesser prairie-chicken and maintaining historical use of the land,” said Tom Hammond, manager of the property. “The result is an innovative approach that acknowledges and rewards landowners for permanently conserving large tracts of habitat, while maintaining the integrity of the land for the long-term benefit of the landowner and the species. There is high quality habitat there now because we have managed the range properly for both grazing and wildlife. These agreements make sure that approach remains in place forever.” The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken by providing a mechanism for voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry and improving coordination between state and federal conservation agencies. Funding for WAFWA’s conservation efforts comes from voluntary mitigation payments by industry partners that are enrolled in the plan. The plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Landowners interested in participating in one of the short-term, long-term or permanent conservation options available under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan should contact Roger Wolfe at roger.wolfe@wafwa.org WAFWA news releases available at http://www.wafwa.org/news/ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan can be found HERE Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future. Photo Credit: Grant Beauprez

Conservation Milestone Achieved for Lesser Prairie-Chicken with Wind Energy Partnership
1/27/2016 8:25:00 PM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has finalized the first new wind energy development under the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. The Bluestem Wind Energy project in western Oklahoma will be operated by Exelon Corporation, which recently purchased the project from Renewable Energy System (RES) Americas Inc. RES developed and is constructing the project. Fees associated with enrollment of this project in the range-wide plan have been deposited with WAFWA, which is partnering with landowners to implement habitat conservation projects across the range of the lesser prairie-chicken. Funding for this non-federal conservation effort now totals over $50 million.  “We commend Exelon and RES for taking part in this innovative and collaborative conservation effort for the lesser prairie-chicken, and we’re excited to see this first wind energy project come on board,” said Alexa Sandoval, Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “By voluntarily enrolling in the range-wide plan, they are demonstrating how wildlife conservation and energy development can occur on the landscape through proactive planning and by working with WAFWA and state wildlife agencies, regardless of the endangered species status of the bird. We anticipate more wind energy enrollments in the future.” A Sept. 1, 2015 federal court decision   vacated protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act, ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not thoroughly consider active conservation efforts in making their listing decision, specifically the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan .  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has asked a federal judge to reconsider the Sept. 1 decision and a ruling is expected on that request soon. The range-wide plan was developed by the five states within the range of the lesser prairie-chicken and is being administered by WAFWA. Those states are Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. The plan is designed to provide conservation of habitat necessary for the survival of this grassland bird. The groundbreaking partnership between state fish and wildlife agencies and energy companies allows development while minimizing and mitigating impacts to lesser prairie-chickens and the habitat they need to thrive. Working with over 180 energy companies, WAFWA has created a conservation endowment fund from enrollment and habitat impact fees to support lesser prairie-chicken habitat conservation in the years to come. The interest from the endowment pays farmers and ranchers in perpetuity to conserve and restore habitat on private lands. As of January 2016, WAFWA has used the fees and interest to contract with private landowners for more than 100,000 acres of lesser prairie-chicken habitat conservation and has also purchased over 1,600 acres of habitat for permanent conservation. “Exelon has a significant portfolio of wind projects across the country, and at each of them we are committed to constructing and operating in an environmentally responsive manner with special attention to minimizing wildlife impacts,” said Ed Tracey, Director of Environmental Project Management for Exelon. “We have the same commitment at Bluestem. We’ve worked closely with WAFWA and will continue to work with them to minimize our development impact on lesser prairie-chickens and their habitat.” The 198-megawatt Bluestem wind farm project will consist of 60 wind turbine generators. Construction on the project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2016.   WAFWA has been on the leading edge of transforming the way conservation measures are applied on the landscape in the western U.S. Pulling together state and federal agencies and involving landowners, land managers and industry, WAFWA has been the catalyst in developing collaborative conservation efforts across the West, including the range-wide plan.    “The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan puts an economic value on prairie-chicken habitat, and companies have an incentive to shift new developments out of the native prairies and into areas either already developed or tilled because it costs less,” said Sean Kyle, WAFWA Industry Services Director. “That’s having a positive impact on how and where energy companies are siting new projects and development. And the bottom line is: that’s good news for the long-term survival of this iconic species.” Organized in 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America's most wild and scenic country. WAFWA supports and promotes the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.  Jan. 28, 2016 Media Contact: Sean Kyle, 806-252-2766, sean.kyle@wafwa.org Photo credit Grant Beauprez (c) Download the Full Article ####  

WAFWA Encourages Oil & Gas Company Participation in Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan
11/10/2015 9:52:00 PM
Recent court decision makes enrollment opportunity available again.-- The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is encouraging oil and gas companies to enroll oil and gas leases and pipelines in a voluntary program to help conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. Because of a Sept. 1, 2015 federal court decision that vacated protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act, WAFWA’s Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances is now open for new enrollments of oil and gas leases and pipelines. The Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances provides industry with predictability for their operations should the lesser prairie-chicken be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act again.  The bird was listed as threatened in May 2014, but the Sept. 1, 2015 court decision reversed that protection. Because of that decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved new enrollments by companies operating within the five range states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The companies are required to implement conservation benefits for lesser prairie chickens and pay enrollment and impact fees for unavoidable impacts, which allow the companies to continue oil and gas production, while contributing to conserving lesser prairie-chicken habitat. “Since this program began in 2014, more than 180 oil, gas, wind, electric and pipeline companies have enrolled about 11 million acres across the five states, and ha ve committed $47.5 million for habitat conservation,” said Sean Kyle, WAFWA’s Industry Services Director. “We’ve had great support for this program and we encourage all companies not currently participating to take advantage of this enrollment opportunity.” WAFWA officials do not know how long this new opportunity will be available. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has asked a federal judge to reconsider the Sept. 1 decision, and depending on the outcome, the new enrollment period could end. Because of the uncertainty, WAFWA encourages all interested companies to enroll as soon as possible. WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan and the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances were developed by state wildlife agency experts in 2013 with input from a wide variety of stakeholders.  The Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances is one piece of a comprehensive range-wide plan designed to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. “Our long-term goal is conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken, regardless of its Endangered Species Act status,” said Alexa Sandoval, Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Chairman of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Council. “Since the Sept. 1 decision to vacate the listing, we have pursued conservation efforts under the range-wide plan with the same vigor as we did before. We’re pleased to report that our landowner and industry partners are equally committed to continued conservation efforts.” WAFWA has enrolled over 96,000 acres of farm and ranch land to offset industry development over the last year and a half. In addition, WAFWA has acquired 1,600 acres in permanent conservation and contracted for 8,900 acres of habitat restoration, which will create new habitat for the species.  An abundance of spring rainfall, along with ongoing efforts associated with the range-wide plan and other conservation initiatives, has helped increase the population of birds by approximately 25 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to results from the 2015 range-wide aerial survey.  Despite this encouraging news, the population is still low compared to historical numbers, and the threats to the lesser prairie-chicken and its habitat still exist. WAFWA is committed to continued successful implementation of the range-wide plan and the long-term recovery of this iconic grassland bird. Organized in 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America's most wild and scenic country. WAFWA supports and promotes the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.  Download the PDF Photo Credit Larry Kruckenberg (c)

WAFWA Statement Regarding the Federal Court Decision about the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
9/3/2015 1:30:00 AM
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is evaluating the recent federal court decision regarding the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken that was handed down in the U.S. District Court Western District of Texas on Sept. 1, 2015. The decision vacates federal protections for the lesser prairiechicken, which was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2014. The court ruling states that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not thoroughly consider active conservation efforts in making the listing decision, namely the activities associated with the Lesser Prairie-Chicken RangeWide Plan (RWP). The RWP was developed and is being administered by WAFWA. The court decision underscores the validity of a comprehensive voluntary conservation effort involving state conservation agencies, landowners and industry. The RWP was developed with long term conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken in mind, regardless of its Endangered Species Act status. This plan allows agriculture producers and industry to continue operations while reducing the identified threats considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Regardless of the eventual outcome of this latest court decision, continued implementation of the RWP is critical to long-term conservation of the bird and its habitat. Since the plan went into effect last year, more than 96,000 acres of lesser prairie-chicken habitat is being conserved through ten-year landowner agreements. More than 180 oil, gas, wind, electric and pipeline companies have enrolled about 11 million acres across the five states, and have committed $47.5 million for habitat conservation. Enrollment fees are deposited into an endowment with WAFWA and administered to fund conservation efforts by private landowners to benefit the lesser prairie-chicken within its five-state range. (Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico). Landowners currently enrolled in the conservation plan will receive $14 million dollars in payments over the life of their contracts. An abundance of spring rainfall, along with ongoing efforts associated with the RWP and other conservation initiatives, has helped increase the population of birds by approximately 25 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to results from a recent range-wide aerial survey. Despite this encouraging news, the population is still low compared to historical numbers and the threats to the lesser prairie-chicken and its habitat still exist. Organized in 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America's most wild and scenic country. WAFWA supports and promotes the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.  Download the PDF Photo Credit Dan Williams, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (c)

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Great Gardening - Central Texas: Emerald ash borer can devastate trees - Temple Daily Telegram
8/4/2019 3:00:00 AM
Great Gardening - Central Texas: Emerald ash borer can devastate trees    Temple Daily Telegram The emerald ash borer can devastate trees. Learns ways to mitigate the damaged caused by this unwanted visitor.

Master Naturalists honor late Dick Roesler with memorial bench - Valley morning Star
8/4/2019 3:00:00 AM
Master Naturalists honor late Dick Roesler with memorial bench    Valley morning Star HARLINGEN — A new rest area in Hugh Ramsey Nature Park honors one of the park's biggest advocates and hardest workers. Texas Master Naturalist Frank ...

African nations are struggling to save their wildlife. Here's how Texas can help - Dallas News
7/23/2019 3:00:00 AM
African nations are struggling to save their wildlife. Here's how Texas can help    Dallas News Dallas News: your source for breaking news and analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and around the world. Read it here, first.

TPWD working to kill saltcedar trees which impact areas including Lubbock - EverythingLubbock.com
7/11/2019 3:00:00 AM
TPWD working to kill saltcedar trees which impact areas including Lubbock    EverythingLubbock.com LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is calling on landowners including those to the southeast of Lubbock to allow for the ...

TPW warns against using non-Gulf shrimp as bait when fishing in Texas waters - Chron.com
7/5/2019 3:00:00 AM
TPW warns against using non-Gulf shrimp as bait when fishing in Texas waters    Chron.com Shrimp is commonly used as bait, but the Texas Parks and Wildlife warns that using non-Gulf crustaceans when fishing in Texas waters could be harmful.

Zebra Mussels Invasion In Central Texas Prompts July 4 Alerts - Downtown Austin, TX Patch
7/3/2019 3:00:00 AM
Zebra Mussels Invasion In Central Texas Prompts July 4 Alerts    Downtown Austin, TX Patch Zebra Mussel Prevalence Prompts Pre-Holiday Alerts - Downtown Austin, TX - Regional waterways have seen explosive growth of the critters, prompting ...

10 Essential Texas Experiences - Cowboys and Indians
6/28/2019 3:00:00 AM
10 Essential Texas Experiences    Cowboys and Indians Whether you're a Texan or a tourist, these quintessential landmarks, iconic places, and inimitable experiences should be on your Lone Star travel itinerary.

In Texas, Where Mosquitoes Thrive, Tick-Borne Diseases Are Often Overlooked - Texas Standard
6/26/2019 3:00:00 AM
In Texas, Where Mosquitoes Thrive, Tick-Borne Diseases Are Often Overlooked    Texas Standard South Texas, in particular, is primed for a possible outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne illness. Share this story with a friend: Facebook ...

Texas Horned Lizards Hatch at San Antonio Zoo - Spectrum News
6/24/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Horned Lizards Hatch at San Antonio Zoo    Spectrum News SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Zoo is helping boost the numbers for one of Texas' most beloved reptiles. Two dozen Texas horned lizards hatched at zoo ...

Webworms are hanging out in Central Texas trees this year in greater numbers than usual - KXAN.com
6/18/2019 3:00:00 AM
Webworms are hanging out in Central Texas trees this year in greater numbers than usual    KXAN.com Austin (KXAN) — What's that large cobweb-looking thing cloaking the tree in your yard? Why do the trees on your drive to work look like they've been draped ...

Katy Boardwalk could become one of Texas' biggest shopping destinations - KHOU.com
6/13/2019 3:00:00 AM
Katy Boardwalk could become one of Texas' biggest shopping destinations    KHOU.com HOUSTON, Texas — The city of Katy on the verge of becoming one of Houston's biggest shopping centers, all thanks to the development of the new Katy ...

Parrot Protection - KVEO-TV
6/4/2019 3:00:00 AM
Parrot Protection    KVEO-TV RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas -- Wild Red-crown parrots add a fascinating tropical flair to the Rio Grande Valley and are an important asset to the Valley's $400 ...

UNT Researchers Work to Preserve Texas Prairies - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
5/31/2019 3:00:00 AM
UNT Researchers Work to Preserve Texas Prairies    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth As North Texas grows in population, conservationists are concerned about the disappearance of natural prairie land. Researchers at the University of North ...

Video: Arming Texas for War on Crazy Ants - UT News | The University of Texas at Austin
5/20/2019 3:00:00 AM
Video: Arming Texas for War on Crazy Ants    UT News | The University of Texas at Austin In 2014, the staff at Estero Llano Grande State Park, on the Rio Grande outside Weslaco, began seeing large colonies of ants they did not recognize around the ...

North Texas Ecology Course Creates A Team Of Master Naturalists - KERA News
5/7/2019 3:00:00 AM
North Texas Ecology Course Creates A Team Of Master Naturalists    KERA News In Texas, there's a group of trained volunteers so committed to caring for the state's natural areas, they're known as Master Naturalists. The program is.

How GMOs Might Save The American Chestnut Tree - Texas Public Radio
4/29/2019 3:00:00 AM
How GMOs Might Save The American Chestnut Tree    Texas Public Radio With Meghna Chakrabarti To save the American chestnut tree, researchers want to release genetically engineered trees into the wild to reproduce. It would.

AgriLife Extension Wild Pig Management Workshop set for May 7 in Lincoln - AgriLife Today
4/26/2019 3:00:00 AM
AgriLife Extension Wild Pig Management Workshop set for May 7 in Lincoln    AgriLife Today The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension *Service* will conduct a Wild Pig Management Workshop for landowners May 7 in Lincoln.

Don’t Call It Tex-Mex - The New York Times
4/23/2019 3:00:00 AM
Don’t Call It Tex-Mex    The New York Times A writer and chef is on a quest to tell the world about Texas Mexican food, the cooking of South Texas and northern Mexico that predates and spans the border.

Invasive Species Have Reshaped Texas. Now What? - The Texas Observer
4/19/2019 3:00:00 AM
Invasive Species Have Reshaped Texas. Now What?    The Texas Observer From parakeets to fire ants, nilgai to tamarisk trees, invasives have integrated into the state's ecosystems — and managing them means asking hard questions.

Texas Wildflower Season Is Beautiful, Bountiful, And More Than Just Bluebonnets - KERA News
4/16/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Wildflower Season Is Beautiful, Bountiful, And More Than Just Bluebonnets    KERA News It's wildflower season in North Texas. And Tiana Rehman says the season is more than just beautiful flowers like bluebonnets or wine cups along highways.

Two Texas women accused of stealing exotic goat - Dayton Daily News
4/13/2019 3:00:00 AM
Two Texas women accused of stealing exotic goat    Dayton Daily News Two Texas women are accused of stealing a baby Nigerian dwarf goat from an exotic ranch last month,...

Growth in gardening: The Wildflowers of Texas - San Marcos Daily Record
4/7/2019 3:00:00 AM
Growth in gardening: The Wildflowers of Texas    San Marcos Daily Record

Go native when it comes to plants and trees for your garden - austin360
4/5/2019 3:00:00 AM
Go native when it comes to plants and trees for your garden    austin360 Surrounded as we are now by the beauty of Texas wildflowers, it is a good time to think about native plants in our own gardens.“Wild” are generally those plants ...

Prescribed burn on Mustang Island benefits surrounding ecosystem - KIIITV.com
3/27/2019 3:00:00 AM
Prescribed burn on Mustang Island benefits surrounding ecosystem    KIIITV.com Texas Parks and Wildlife said the prescribed burn will help get rid of non-native species on Mustang Island.

Yellow Columbine: a NICE plant for your spring shade garden - Community journal
3/24/2019 3:00:00 AM
Yellow Columbine: a NICE plant for your spring shade garden    Community journal Texas is a large, diverse state and plants that work for one region may not always be the best choice in a different region. The Native Plant Society of Texas ...

That box of frozen shrimp could be illegal — and deadly - Chron
3/14/2019 3:00:00 AM
That box of frozen shrimp could be illegal — and deadly    Chron Lance Robinson, deputy director of coastal fisheries for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is hoping to educate anglers and bait dealers about the risks of ...

14 must-see North Texas garden events to get you in the mood for spring - Dallas News
3/13/2019 3:00:00 AM
14 must-see North Texas garden events to get you in the mood for spring    Dallas News Love to garden? There's no better way to enjoy the splendor of spring than among the buds and blossoms. Experience the glory by visiting the many...

This Week's Book Review: Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma - Ricochet.com
3/11/2019 3:00:00 AM
This Week's Book Review: Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma    Ricochet.com By MARK LARDAS. Mar 5, 2019. “Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma,” by Robert W. Doughtry and Matt Warnock Turner, Texas A&M University ...

Q&A: Answering your questions about wild Russian boars in Texas - KPRC Click2Houston
2/27/2019 3:00:00 AM
Q&A: Answering your questions about wild Russian boars in Texas    KPRC Click2Houston KPRC2 viewers and Click2Houston users have been peppering us with questions around our story about the proliferation of wild Russian boars across our area ...

Border wall would destroy Texas wildlife - mySanAntonio.com
2/24/2019 3:00:00 AM
Border wall would destroy Texas wildlife    mySanAntonio.com In the debates about the southern border, it is easy to overlook our native plants and animals, which cannot speak for themselves even though they are deeply ...

Invasive mussels threaten Texas freshwater ecosystems - Houston Chronicle
2/16/2019 3:00:00 AM
Invasive mussels threaten Texas freshwater ecosystems    Houston Chronicle Few Austin-area residents, or many people in the rest of Texas for that matter, paid much attention in the summer of 2017 when state fisheries scientists ...

The border wall poses a threat to Texas wildlife - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
2/15/2019 3:00:00 AM
The border wall poses a threat to Texas wildlife    Corpus Christi Caller-Times In the debates about the southern border, it is easy to overlook our native plants and animals, which cannot speak for themselves even though they are deeply ...

Gensler designs Texas' first full mass timber building - Building Design + Construction
2/14/2019 11:22:32 AM
Gensler designs Texas' first full mass timber building    Building Design + Construction The 8500-sf structure will be located in Fredericksburg.

TEXAS GARDENING: Butterfly attractors abound in Texas - Bryan-College Station Eagle
2/8/2019 3:00:00 AM
TEXAS GARDENING: Butterfly attractors abound in Texas    Bryan-College Station Eagle Dear Neil: Can you mention eight or 10 good plants for a butterfly garden? I know whole books have been written on the topic, so I don't expect you to.

Texas police searching for escaped murder suspect, MMA fighter - UPI.com
2/3/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas police searching for escaped murder suspect, MMA fighter    UPI.com Police in Texas are searching for an escaped inmate suspected of murder after he broke out of a jail transport on Sunday.

Texas Parks and Wildlife opens new access sites to Llano River - DailyTrib.com - Your Hill Country online news authority - DailyTrib.com
1/25/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Parks and Wildlife opens new access sites to Llano River - DailyTrib.com - Your Hill Country online news authority    DailyTrib.com Anglers looking to enjoy more access to the Llano River have landed four spots to drop in their kayak or canoe or simply do a little bank fishing thanks to the ...

Axis deer from India first brought to Texas in 1932 - Standard-Times
12/23/2018 3:00:00 AM
Axis deer from India first brought to Texas in 1932    Standard-Times Due to overhunting and habitat degradation, this species is not nearly as common as it once was in its native land.

Great Gardening - Central Texas: Chinese tallow tree threatens native species - Temple Daily Telegram
10/21/2018 3:00:00 AM
Great Gardening - Central Texas: Chinese tallow tree threatens native species    Temple Daily Telegram Recently my husband removed a tree from behind our home while a neighbor and I cheered him on. This tree was a huge threat to our environment because it ...

In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States - KUT
10/26/2016 3:00:00 AM
In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States    KUT Doctor Hans Landel blows minds for a living. He travels the state giving workshops on invasive plants. But he starts each one with a warning. “If you're used to ...

Non-native Wildlife and Invasive Species News Items
Zebra Mussels Are Infesting Texas Lakes. There’s Only One Way to Stop Them. - Texas Monthly
8/13/2019 5:10:00 PM
Zebra Mussels Are Infesting Texas Lakes. There’s Only One Way to Stop Them.    Texas Monthly The invasive species hitches rides on contaminated boats from one body of water to the next.

ZEBRA MUSSEL ALERT: Invasive species spreads to lakes LBJ, Pflugerville, officials say - Austin American-Statesman
8/12/2019 6:22:15 PM
ZEBRA MUSSEL ALERT: Invasive species spreads to lakes LBJ, Pflugerville, officials say    Austin American-Statesman Zebra mussels have infested two more Central Texas waterways: Lake LBJ, upstream from Austin on the Colorado River, and the land-locked Lake Pflugerville, ...

Rep. Veronica Escobar won't meet with President Trump in El Paso - UPI News
8/7/2019 3:00:00 AM
Rep. Veronica Escobar won't meet with President Trump in El Paso    UPI News El Paso, Texas, Democrats have been upfront about their wariness toward President Donald Trump's visit to their city. For at least one lawmaker, that mistrust ...

Texas could gain millions in federal funding to help at-risk fish and wildlife - KXAN.com
7/17/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas could gain millions in federal funding to help at-risk fish and wildlife    KXAN.com AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas could receive more than $50 million annually to pay for initiatives that support at-risk fish and wildlife populations under a bipartisan ...

Zebra Mussels Invasion In Central Texas Prompts July 4 Alerts - Downtown Austin, TX Patch
7/3/2019 3:00:00 AM
Zebra Mussels Invasion In Central Texas Prompts July 4 Alerts    Downtown Austin, TX Patch Zebra Mussel Prevalence Prompts Pre-Holiday Alerts - Downtown Austin, TX - Regional waterways have seen explosive growth of the critters, prompting ...

Invasive species growing in North Texas lakes, none yet found in Ellis County - Waxahachie Daily Light
6/10/2019 3:00:00 AM
Invasive species growing in North Texas lakes, none yet found in Ellis County    Waxahachie Daily Light A striped invasive species has found its way into the U.S. and Texas is not immune. The Zebra mussel — a freshwater mussel similar to a clam — is overtaking ...

Texas Reforms Feral Pig Law - No State License Required to Hunt - AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
6/10/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Reforms Feral Pig Law - No State License Required to Hunt    AmmoLand Shooting Sports News Governor Abbott and the Texas Legislature just made pig hunting in Texas a little easier. Now, you do not need a hunting license to hunt this feral pest.

New study explains why parrots ended up flocking to Texas - CultureMap Dallas
5/29/2019 3:00:00 AM
New study explains why parrots ended up flocking to Texas    CultureMap Dallas Texas appears to be a paradise for parrots. A new study puts Texas at No. 3 among the states with the most sightings in the wild of these one-time exotic pet.

Zebra mussels now in Walter E. Long, Granger lakes, wildlife officials say - Austin American-Statesman
5/24/2019 3:00:00 AM
Zebra mussels now in Walter E. Long, Granger lakes, wildlife officials say    Austin American-Statesman Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have detected invasive zebra mussels in Lake Walker E. Long in East Austin and Granger Lake in northeastern ...

Video: Arming Texas for War on Crazy Ants - UT News | The University of Texas at Austin
5/20/2019 3:00:00 AM
Video: Arming Texas for War on Crazy Ants    UT News | The University of Texas at Austin In 2014, the staff at Estero Llano Grande State Park, on the Rio Grande outside Weslaco, began seeing large colonies of ants they did not recognize around the ...

To Anglers' And Boaters' Delight, Giant Salvinia Is Gone From Two Texas Lakes … For Now - Texas Standard
5/3/2019 3:00:00 AM
To Anglers' And Boaters' Delight, Giant Salvinia Is Gone From Two Texas Lakes … For Now    Texas Standard The invasive plant that grows in dense green clumps crowds out the freshwater habitats of native plants and animals. Share this story with a friend: Facebook ...

Urban fishing, war on salvinia about to heat up - Houston Chronicle
5/1/2019 3:00:00 AM
Urban fishing, war on salvinia about to heat up    Houston Chronicle May signals summer's arrival for Texas' 1.3 million or so freshwater anglers; never mind that the calendar says it's still spring for almost two more months.

Firefighters evacuate homes after freight train derails in Texas - UPI News
4/24/2019 3:00:00 AM
Firefighters evacuate homes after freight train derails in Texas    UPI News Nearly two dozen homes in North Texas were evacuated Wednesday after a freight train carrying highly flammable ethanol derailed and caught fire in Fort Worth ...

Man caught transporting invasive stingrays at airport - New York Post
4/5/2019 3:00:00 AM
Man caught transporting invasive stingrays at airport    New York Post One man is in hot water after he was caught transporting several illegal fish through Texas. The Kansas man has been charged for shipping two types of live...

Man caught transporting invasive stingrays, exotic fish at Texas airport - Fox News
4/4/2019 3:00:00 AM
Man caught transporting invasive stingrays, exotic fish at Texas airport    Fox News One man is in hot water after he was caught transporting several illegal fish through Texas.

Texas Is Still Losing the War on Feral Hogs - Wide Open Spaces
4/2/2019 6:12:05 PM
Texas Is Still Losing the War on Feral Hogs    Wide Open Spaces Despite years of intense hunting and trapping, Texas is losing the war on feral hogs. Some just don't realize how bad the situation in the Lone Star State is.

Texas Invasive Species Program Gets New Boost from Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation - UT News | The University of Texas at Austin
2/28/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Invasive Species Program Gets New Boost from Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation    UT News | The University of Texas at Austin AUSTIN, Texas—Destructive and costly fire ants, crazy ants, moth larvae and invasive grasses can wreak havoc on Texas ecosystems, but biologists at The ...

Invasive mussels threaten Texas freshwater ecosystems - Houston Chronicle
2/16/2019 3:00:00 AM
Invasive mussels threaten Texas freshwater ecosystems    Houston Chronicle Few Austin-area residents, or many people in the rest of Texas for that matter, paid much attention in the summer of 2017 when state fisheries scientists ...

Texas Parks & Wildlife: Caddo Lake water cleaner than it's been in years - Houston Chronicle
1/4/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas Parks & Wildlife: Caddo Lake water cleaner than it's been in years    Houston Chronicle The cold weather has played the biggest role in decimating a large portion of the invasive salvinia plant in the area, Texas Parks & Wildlife officials said.

Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports - Community Impact Newspaper
10/11/2018 3:00:00 AM
Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports    Community Impact Newspaper Oct 11, 2018: Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere ...

Invasive Tegu lizards pose a big problem in the southern US - Earth.com
8/6/2018 3:00:00 AM
Invasive Tegu lizards pose a big problem in the southern US    Earth.com Colonies of invasive Tegu lizards brought to the United States as pets could soon wreak havoc across local ecosystems from Florida to Texas.

Why We Should Rethink How We Talk About "Alien" Species - Smithsonian
1/9/2018 3:00:00 AM
Why We Should Rethink How We Talk About "Alien" Species    Smithsonian In South Texas, government agents patrol a barrier line that snakes some 500 miles along the course of the Rio Grande. Their mission: to protect their country ...

The Impact Of Invasive Species On Texas Water Resources - Texas Public Radio
5/3/2017 3:00:00 AM
The Impact Of Invasive Species On Texas Water Resources    Texas Public Radio Invasive Arundo cane, Zebra Mussels, and Hydrilla are among a host of aquatic plants and animals that are not native to Texas and compete with our native.

In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States - KUT
10/26/2016 3:00:00 AM
In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States    KUT Doctor Hans Landel blows minds for a living. He travels the state giving workshops on invasive plants. But he starts each one with a warning. “If you're used to ...

Non-native plants, animals a threat to state - Chron.com
7/7/2016 3:00:00 AM
Non-native plants, animals a threat to state    Chron.com From a distance, the island in Lake Houston looks like a lush, pristine piece of Native Texas - a rare place where the land and the life on and around it ebb and ...

Leschper: Five invasive species that could alter the Texas wildlife, landscape - LubbockOnline.com
7/20/2014 3:00:00 AM
Leschper: Five invasive species that could alter the Texas wildlife, landscape    LubbockOnline.com Texas is unrivaled in lands and waterways filled with game birds and game animals, offering a wealth of outdoors opportunities.However, with the good also ...

Boater Education Courses Target Invasive Species - Texas Tribune
8/11/2013 3:00:00 AM
Boater Education Courses Target Invasive Species    Texas Tribune One way that invasive aquatic species like the zebra mussel can spread across Texas waterways is via boats that aren't cleaned. New legislation requires ...

Species of Special Concern News Items
Texas State Researchers See Landowners as Key to Saving the Houston Toad - Newswise
4/17/2019 3:00:00 AM
Texas State Researchers See Landowners as Key to Saving the Houston Toad    Newswise Newswise — Researchers in the Department of Biology at Texas State University have teamed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to identify ...

West Texas is worth a visit for avid birders - Winston-Salem Journal
5/31/2018 3:00:00 AM
West Texas is worth a visit for avid birders    Winston-Salem Journal The state of Texas has several areas that are great for birding. The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas offers opportunities to see many bird species that range ...

Roseate spoonbills are eye-catching aquatic waders - St. Augustine Record
7/23/2016 3:00:00 AM
Roseate spoonbills are eye-catching aquatic waders    St. Augustine Record Curiously beautiful at a distance and unusual up close, the roseate spoonbill is typically found in the coastal areas of our state, Texas and southwest Louisiana.

A new threat to Michigan rattlesnakes - Michigan Radio
6/16/2015 3:00:00 AM
A new threat to Michigan rattlesnakes    Michigan Radio When you think about rattlesnakes, you might picture Arizona. Or Texas. Somewhere out in the desert. But one snake's rattle doesn't come from the deserts.

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