Whom Do I Ask?
USDA – Farm Services Agency
College Station TX P: (979) 680-5150
Administers cost-share, commodity, conservation reserve and farm loan programs.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Temple TX P: (254) 742-9800
Technical assistance and consultation for soil, water, and other natural resource conservation and management efforts
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
College Station TX: (979) 845-7800
Educational programs, publications, and assistance related to agriculture and natural resources such as rangelands and wildlife management.
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
Temple TX P: (254) 773-2250
Coordinates programs of the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Water quality, management, and conservation systems planning.
Texas Forest Service
College Station TX P: (979) 458-6606
Provides leadership and technical assistance for forests, trees, and related resources such as prescribed burning, wildfires, pest management, tree improvement, etc.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Austin TX P: (512) 239-1000
Environmental regulatory agency. Implements federal and state laws, permits, and assessments relating to air quality, water resources and waste management.
Texas Water Development Board
Austin TX P: (512) 463-7847
Statewide water planning and administration of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Austin TX P: (512) 389-4800
Administers state fish and wildlife laws. Provides fisheries and wildlife management technical support. Staffs law enforcement, state parks, and wildlife management areas.
Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service
San Antonio TX P: (210) 472-5451
Protecting the resources, property and well-being of Texans from damages related to wildlife.
Texas Department of Agriculture
Austin TX P: (512) 463-7476
Provides agribusiness marketing assistance. Regulates sale, use, and disposal of pesticides. Regulates weighing and measuring devices for agribusiness commercial transactions.
Texas General Land Office
Austin TX P: (512) 463-5001
Administers archives and records, provides maps and surveys, and issues land titles. Manages natural resources and oil and gas leases on state lands.
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
College Station TX P: (979) 845-3414
Responsible for information concerning animal diseases. Performs disease surveillance and diagnostic testing services.
Texas Natural Resources Information System
Austin TX P: (512) 463-8337
The state’s clearinghouse for maps, aerial photos, and digital natural resources data. TNRIS also serves as a distribution center for U.S. Geological Survey maps and has numerous other map collections.
Texas AgriLife Research
College Station TX P: (979) 862-4384
Conducts research, develops new technology, and provides information that supports agriculture and natural resources.
Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management
College Station TX P: (979) 862-7580
The role of the Center is to focus on the critical decision processes that natural resource managers must face to integrate resources, including production, economic, social policy and environmental practices into sustainable grazinglands and ranch management.
The Texas Weather Connection
College Station TX P: (979) 845-5069
The Texas Weather Connection site is a collection of weather products derived from real-time weather data, which are generated through the use of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and internet mapping server (IMS) technologies.
College Station TX
Serves as an information database for those individuals interested in the natural resource management of Texas rangelands. Includes research and extension publications, management tips, common range plants, special educational programs, and symposium proceedings.
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Fort Worth TX P: (817) 332-4441
The BRIT is an nationally recognized leader in botanical and environmental education. It is a global institute for the conservation and preservation of botanical heritage. BRIT has over 1 million plant specimens, over 75, 000 publications, and botanical paintings and illustrations.
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Kingsville TX P: (361) 593-3922
The CKWRI at Texas A&M-Kingsville is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and one of the finest in the nation. Its mission is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas and related environment.
The University of Texas Plant Resource Center
The Plant Resources Center & Herbarium at the University of Texas at Austin has grown considerably since the first plant specimens were collected in the 1890 s. Today, they have one of the largest plant collections (over 1 million specimens) of the United States. It has the largest holdings of Texas plants in the world., along with strong representation of Mexico and northern Central America.
University of Texas Lands
Midland TX P: (432) 684-4404
University Lands, under the direction of the Office of Business Affairs, The University of Texas System, is responsible for managing the Permanent University Fund lands and the Trust Minerals. The mission of University Lands is to maximize the revenue from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) lands by applying intensive management, accounting, conservation, and environmental programs which improve and sustain the productivity of PUF lands, protect the interests of The University of Texas System, and promote awareness and sensitivity for the environment.
The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management
Kingsville TX P: (361) 593-5401
The program is designed for a higher level of study, and emphasizes the recruitment of mature and experienced students who can be trained for the complexities of managing large ranches today. In the fast paced and progressive world in which we now live, this program will help to ensure that ranching remains a vital part of our lives, and that ranchers will stay on the land.
The Urban Rancher
College Station TX
A website dedicated to providing information to folks desiring a rural, contemporary lifestyle which allows them to grow, connect and live richer lives while experiencing the rural lifestyle which relates to farming & ranching agriculture or people who live in the country.
Developed in Oregon & California, this grassroots website is dedicated to promoting management for simultaneous social, financial, and ecological benefit. Includes links to information on conflict resolution, low stress livestock handling, ecosystem function, paradigms & decision-making to several tutorials and computer simulations. A non-traditional website, but one worth taking a second look at.
Holistic Management Texas
Johnson City TX P: (830) 868-2427
HRM of Texas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage holistic management in Texas. Our membership is open to those interested in exploring new and better ways to nurture whole ecosystems, to build better teams, to increase profitability and enjoy a richer community life.
The Society for Range Management
Wheat Ridge CO P: (303) 986-3309
The parent society of the Texas Section. SRM was organized in 1948 in response to overgrazing in the Western US, and grown to over 3500 members in 28 countries. The diverse membership includes ranchers, agency professionals, researchers and academia.
HRM of Texas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage holistic management in Texas. Our membership is open to those interested in exploring new and better ways to nurture whole ecosystems, to build better teams, to increase profitability and enjoy richer community life.
A Western Rangelands Partnership is building this website as part of the Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC). It is one of many belonging to a national effort to bring a broad range of agricultural information, resources, and tools to the web of 12 Western US States.
Logan UT E: email@example.com
BEHAVE is a research and outreach program aimed at understanding the principles that govern diet and habitat selection. We are dedicated to inspiring and enabling people to understand and use knowledge of behavior, ours and other creatures, to discover sound ecological, economic, and social solutions to land management issues, and to work with others to reconcile differences of opinion about how to manage landscapes. We are headquartered at Utah State University with collaborators from across the U.S. and around the world.
Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burning Association, Inc. (est 1997)
Texas Panhandle Prescribed Burning Association, Inc. (2005)
Hill Country Prescribed Burning Association, Inc. (2005)
Coastal Bend Prescribed Burning Association, Inc. (2006)
To provide the tools, training, education, and resources to its members to conduct prescribed burns in a safe and effective manner. This will enable the members to better manage their rangeland for the betterment of their wildlife habitat and rangeland through the use of prescribed fire.
Pecos River Watershed Restoration Advisory Committee and the EPA 319(h) watershed protection plan E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affordable Schools Online
This is a comprehensive and informative resource that allows you to search for colleges and their respective tuition. I believe this type of information is very valuable to today’s students who are not only dealing with a more competitive higher educational environment but also with the rising costs associated with them.
Other Professional Societies
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Ankeny IA P: (515) 289-2331
The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. Our mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation.Our work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land the land used to produce food, fiber, and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. There are 13 Texas SWCS Chapters.
The Wildlife Society
Bethesda MD P: (301) 897-9770
The Wildlife Society (TWS), is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society. Society members are dedicated to sustainable management of wildlife resources and their habitats.
Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society
The Texas Wildlife Association
San Antonio TX P: (210) 826-2904
The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) was formed in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat particularly on private lands. The TWA separates itself from other conservation and hunting organizations by primarily focusing its mission on private landowners and their ethical relationship to the land. TWA is the only organization that concentrates on issues relating to private property, hunting and hunter rights, and conservation of our natural resources, primarily to Texas, but also the nation.
The Ecological Society of America
Washington DC P: (202) 833-8773
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to:
1. promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists;
2. raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science;
3. increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and
4. ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.