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The term "conservation" in "conservation organizations" is a broad one. The organizations listed run the gamut from local offices of federal agencies to private land trusts to for-profit businesses. They all have in common programs that are designed, in part or in whole, to help private landowners maintain their property. Activities are as diverse as helping to protect land, manage land, diversify operations, transition operations, restore ecosystems, and improve profitability.

Conservation professionals encompass an even broader range of expertise. These are people who may be employed by conservation organizations, or they may be business people or self-employed. They may have legal, wildlife, wetland, or land management expertise.

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David Nowak of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station presents this video short course discussing how trees in cities provide important ecosystem services and help to reduce the urban heat island effect and lower building energy use.
 
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Luke Nave from the University of Michigan Biological Station presents this video short course on the fact that the largest terrestrial carbon pool is contained in soils. Carbon stored in soils plays a number of important roles, including keeping carbon out of the atmosphere and improving moisture and nutrient retention.

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Rebecca McCulley of the University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences presents this video short course on Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S. land surface, store significant amounts of carbon belowground in roots and soils. Learn how disturbances such as drought, grazing, fire and tillage can significantly impact the grassland carbon balance.
 

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In this video short course you can get the scoop on forestland carbon storage in the United States, which helps offset approximately 12% of US carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

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Andrea Tuttle presents this video short course ont forest carbon markets and how these can be used to capture and hold carbon on the landscape.

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Wondering about carbon offsets, credits, baselines, permanence and leakage? Get the carbon basics here and find out why forest offsets could be a bridge to the future.

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New innovations in payments for watershed services (PWS) have emerged in the past decade and are pointing the way toward watershed protection approaches that might effectively complement existing government conservation programs and incentives for rural landowners. The purpose of this study was to survey these new or emerging PWS project models to understand their scale, characteristics, and future potential. To do so, we surveyed conservation professionals, experts, and others across the country to identify and characterize a range of PWS projects and programs in which municipalities, other local government entities, non-profit organizations, private companies, and individuals are buyers of ecosystem services.

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This report provides an overview of existing payment programs and markets, and discusses the concepts of bundling and stacking, offer policy recommendations, and provides examples of current efforts to more effectively integrate payment opportunities for landowners.

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The 80 million-plus Millennials in the United States represent the next generation of potential land trust supporters and advocates.

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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. This approach is in contrast to a scatter-shot approach - what some have called ‘random acts of conservation.’ We want every dollar spent on conservation to be used to create the most benefit. In October, 2014, the Gulf Partnership, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, released ‘A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region’ which is a series of maps that identify high-value geographic areas for land conservation. These maps were created by the partner organizations and include:

  • Focus areas identified by the partners that reflect local community values
  • Wetlands
  • Migratory bird habitat
  • Scenic rivers
  • Longleaf pine habitat
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Groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) are being created in many parts of Texas to allow local citizens to manage and protect their groundwater. This publication answers frequently asked questions about groundwater and GCDs. 

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This publication is intended to provide basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals. It is not intended, and should not be used, to provide information to guide a particular conservation easement transaction or to substitute for the legal, financial and/or property appraisal planning or assistance that is needed for such transactions

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BMPs for agricultural water users are combinations of site-specific management, educational, and physical practices that have proven to be effective and are economical for conserving water. BMPs have been developed which focus on increasing the water use efficiency of water users such as producers of agricultural crops and of water suppliers such as irrigation districts. BMPs have been developed which focus on conserving rainwater, such as land owners  managing and controlling brush species. BMPs provide a means of measuring the success of agricultural water conservation programs, their costs, and schedules of implementation. Good agricultural water conservation practices can provide benefits to wildlife resources.

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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.

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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.

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Summary Findings

  • The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).
  • Over 14 states, breeding bobwhite densities were 70 to 75 percent greater around CP33 buffered fields than around unbuffered crop fields.
  • Fall bobwhite covey densities were 50 to 110 percent greater around CP33 fields than around unbuffered crop fields, and this positive response to CP33 increased each subsequent year of the study.
  • Several upland songbirds (e.g., dickcissel, field sparrow) responded strongly to CP33 in the landscape.
  • Area-sensitive grassland birds (e.g.,grasshopper sparrow) exhibited little response to CP33 buffers.
  • These findings illustrate the wildlife value of field borders and other buffer practices implemented through EQIP, WHIP, and other conservation programs.
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The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

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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. This report provides recommendations to improve and enhance management activities directed at providing habitat for priority wildlife species.

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For a landscape supporting healthy native bird populations across the LMVJV

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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.

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This publication provides technical guidance and practical information for wildlife management beyond planting and managing food plots. 

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The 50 acre Deer Park Prairie outside of Houston, land that has been untouched for thousands of years, is now set to be bulldozed to make room for subdivisions. That is, unless $4 million can be raised by midnight on August 20, 2013. Read More »


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This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

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Private land conservation initiatives are a critical component of any state-level quality of life agenda. Although concerns over sprawl, including the loss of prime agricultural lands and significant green space, continue to be one of the underlying rallying cries in support of state-level smart growth initiatives, the fact remains that with few exceptions, conservation of privately-owned working lands has not received significant attention in smart growth literature or conferences. Yet, land conservation and growth management are inextricably intertwined and policy initiatives must work in concert to be effective.

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This guide offers a path for local landowners to earn additional income while helping diminish adverse effects of global climate change through implementation of carbon sequestration and other stackable incentives. This document is a tool to help landowners make the decision whether or not to enroll their land in carbon sequestration. It discusses background information on carbon sequestration and global climate change; current methods of sequestration, including forestry, conservation planting, methane capture and others; and steps a land owner must take, including contracts, verification, and implementation, once they have made the decision to enroll their lands in a sequestration project.

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For those of you who don’t know, TDR stands for Transferable Development Rights. Simply put, these are typically programs that are designed by local government to allow for the free market transfer of subdivision or development rights from a rural (agricultural and/or conservation) zone to a designated development zone within a jurisdiction.  These rights are purchased by a land developer at market value from a landowner in a rural area where there are often more development rights than are allowed to be used by zoning in that area.  Referred to as a “Sending” zone, the rights are then legally separated from the farm or rural property in exchange for a land preservation easement.  The rights can be held for investment or transferred into a “Receiving” zone, which is a designated growth area for real estate development.  In these Receiving zones additional density is allowed to be added when the rights are acquired from the rural Sending zones.

Equally as important it can be a very effective tool for preserving farmland, conservation areas and even historic places. 
While not for every community, there are many that are ripe for such programs.  So, what are the common features and attributes of the most successful programs around the nation?

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Quoted from an essay by Thoreau lamenting the way in which modern urban life has made natural resources into commodities and isolated people from the natural processes on which their lives depended. Move forward to 2006, “open space” or “green space” has nearly replaced ‘wilderness’ in our vocabulary with the rise in the development of the rural landscape. The US population is now over 300 million and more and more people are sprawling out from the urban areas into the country. This push outward is having a measurable effect on our open spaces. Farmland near cities has seen its value inflated by demand for conversion to non-farm uses. People are often willing to pay more than agricultural value in order to live in primarily rural areas. For example, in Iowa there are now more non-farmers living in rural areas than there are farmers. Read More »


Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment. They are also economically viable for most operations.

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A Prescribed Fire Association is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Prescribed burning is the key land management tool used to restore and maintain native plant communities to their former diversity and productivity for livestock production and wildlife habitat. Native prairies, shrublands, and forests supply the majority of livestock forage and much of the wildlife habitat in the U.S. Without fire, many native plant communities become dysfunctional and unproductive. Research has clearly shown that there is no substitute for fire. 

Many forest and grassland ecosystems are fire dependent and not burning is poor land management.  Why do not more people use prescribed fire to manage their land? First, fire was not part of the European culture that settled in post-Columbian America. Fire exclusion and fire suppression has been engrained in our society for years and popularized by the very successful Smokey the Bear ad campaign. The result has been a rapid decline in the quality of our natural resources, along with costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year to fight wildfires and the many other negative consequences of fuel build up. This article has been adapted from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Association. Read More »


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For decades, conservation easements have protected open space values such as wildlife habitat, ecological diversity, recreational access and aesthetics. Working forest landscapes present an opportunity to protect not only these open space values, but also the economic and community benefits that arise from a forest’s production of goods and services.

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Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands. This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. These strategies are based around three central goals: 1) support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands; 2) help existing places to thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places that the community values; and 3) create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don’t want to leave.

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Clearly, the motivation for a land conservation transaction is often the desire of the landowner to safeguard the property. However, this objective must be balanced with the need to maximize the return to the landowner. The general perception is that the highest return will be realized from a sale to a developer. 
 
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Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing. But the unfortunate perception of many forest and farm owners is that land trusts are not to be trusted because their real purpose is to steal private property and pull lands out of production. Nothing could be further from the truth, but critics rely on false ‘private property’ threats to turn land owners away from land trusts even before owners understand how they work. A forest owner who knows how land trusts operate is more inclined to protect lands from development than owners who know little about this highly innovated to protect forest lands from development.

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This report describes the key findings of an analysis of the status and recent changes in ownership size, land  use and property values of private farms, ranches and forestlands in Texas. The goal of this work is to provide  public and private decision makers with the data they need to plan for the conservation of working rural lands  in Texas. Included in this report are four summaries describing results of technical analyses upon which many  of our conclusions are based. Our primary data sources were the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts  (who provided a 1992-2001 annual compilation of land use and land value data from 1,032 independent school  districts), and the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Statistics Service. We also obtained data from the U. S. Census Bureau,  U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Inventory, and the U. S. Department of Commerce/Bureau of Economic Analysis–Regional Economic Information System. We used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) base maps obtained from the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS). This work was made possible by grants to American Farmland Trust from the Meadows Foundation and Houston Endowment, Inc.

Our specific objectives were to:

  • Assess the current status and recent trends in rural land ownership size, land use and property values in Texas;
  • Determine relationships among land size, land use and property values;
  • Develop a map-based simulation model for projecting future trends in rural lands, and use this model to explore  the implications of initiating a Purchase of Development Rights program;
  • Encourage the development of policies for conserving productive rural lands and wildlife habitats in Texas; and
  • Provide public access to these data using a Web site with interactive mapping and custom data queries.
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It may come as a shock, but there is a sort of symbiotic relationship at work between property owners with conservation easements and the IRS. Hard to believe, I know. We understand that the IRS gives tax breaks for those who protect their property from certain development and use. In special circumstances, these landowners can find tax breaks that many others will not reach, similar to the nectar only available to the unique and capable hummingbirds.

The Landowner, Conservation Easements & the 2010 Roth Conversion. At the beginning of 2010, the $100,000 MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) limit on Roth IRA conversions was lifted. Individuals that were not able to convert an IRA to a Roth in previous years may now be eligible, and the subject is getting quite a bit of news.

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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. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) fields contribute greatly to the remaining habitat of the LEPC; however, approximately three million acres of CRP within the current LEPC distribution will soon expire, and potentially be re-converted to cropland.

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The mission of Western Grassland Initiative is to serve as the primary contributor to the implementation of conservation and management actions, through partnerships and cooperative efforts, resulting in improved species status, grassland habitats, and recreational opportunities for grassland dependent species across North America.

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The overall distribution of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) has declined an estimated 92 percent since settlement by people of European descent and an estimated 78 percent since the early 1960s. Concurrent with this decrease in occupied range, numbers of lesser prairie-chickens have declined at least 90 percent since European settlement, resulting in smaller, more isolated populations. As a consequence of these declines, the lesser prairie-chicken is a candidate for federal listing as a threatened or endangered species.

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Take a quick quiz and test your knowledge on conservation easements and learn if they can work for you.
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Certain individuals who own land with significant conservation value, for example landowners of wildlife habitat or open space, can preserve the character of their land, obtain additional property, and defer taxes on the transaction, all at the same time.

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Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 

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This publication is intended to provide basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals. It is not intended, and should not be used, to provide information to guide a particular conservation easement transaction or to substitute for the legal, financial and/or property appraisal planning or assistance that is needed for such transactions

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Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing. But the unfortunate perception of many forest and farm owners is that land trusts are not to be trusted because their real purpose is to steal private property and pull lands out of production. Nothing could be further from the truth, but critics rely on false ‘private property’ threats to turn land owners away from land trusts even before owners understand how they work. A forest owner who knows how land trusts operate is more inclined to protect lands from development than owners who know little about this highly innovated to protect forest lands from development.

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Take a quick quiz and test your knowledge on conservation easements and learn if they can work for you.
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Certain individuals who own land with significant conservation value, for example landowners of wildlife habitat or open space, can preserve the character of their land, obtain additional property, and defer taxes on the transaction, all at the same time.

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Texas parks department, advocates pushing Congress to reauthorize key conservation fund  The Texas Tribune

The chief of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the absence of the 54-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund is a "substantial loss" for state ...



ACA still law of the land but consumers confused and worried after judge’s ruling  Chron

Insurance shoppers wanting to sign up on the final day of Affordable Care Act enrollment awoke Saturday to confusion, fury and dire reports that a Texas judge ...



Galveston residents weigh in on hurricane levee proposal that some call "a really bad, bad plan"  The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office proposed a massive levee system for the Houston area in late October that would cost as ...



SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Conservationist stresses prairie’s importance  Chron

Mary Anne Piacentini is the face and name people associate with the Katy Prairie Conservancy, which protects land west of Katy that is representative of what ...



Texas Parks and Wildlife Pushes to Reinstate Funds for Program that Supports San Antonio Missions and Other Parks  San Antonio Current

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other advocates are making a last minute push for Congress to restore funding to a program that's provided $577.



Rancher leaves behind legacy: Frank Yturria praised for his conservation work  Brownsville Herald

A leading light of conservation in South Texas has been extinguished with the passing of rancher and philanthropist Frank Yturria, who died at a Houston ...



A future for red wolves may be found on Galveston Island, Texas  Science Daily

Red wolves, once nearly extinct, again teeter on the abyss. New research finds red wolf ancestry in Texas -- providing opportunities for additional conservation ...



SpaceX May Be New Barrier for Trump’s Border Wall  The New York Times

A planned stretch of wall in Texas may be the first to be built under President Trump. It's likely to be opposed by landowners, including a wildlife refuge — and ...



Give a gift from the Texas General Land Office that saves Texas history  Chron.com

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans to give the gift of Texas history from the Texas General Land Office archives. Historic map ...



Emma Willemin wins Texas Conservation Awards Program poster contest  Victoria Advocate

Emma Willemin, of Inez, representing the Victoria Soil and Water Conservation District, was chosen as this year's State Winner of the Texas Conservation ...



Bass to step into top role at Natural Lands  Daily Local News

MEDIA—Natural Lands, the region's largest conservation organization, has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2019, Oliver Bass will become its next president.



South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall  NPR

Construction on the first new stretch of border wall under the Trump administration is slated to begin this winter. In South Texas, the wall will cut right through a ...



Texas Soil and Water District holds annual meeting  Sealy News

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD) recently hosted the ...



The Decline of American Peyote  Motherboard

The small, bulbous peyote cactus is central to the religious rituals of the Native American Church, but poaching and unsustainable harvesting practices put it at ...



'This is a really bad, bad plan': Galveston residents weigh in on hurricane levee proposal  KPRC Click2Houston

GALVESTON, Texas - Lauri and Scott Mathias were preparing to break ground on their retirement home just blocks away from the beach when they heard the ...



Hurricane Harvey report seeks to 'future-proof' Texas from climate change without saying so directly  Dallas News

Updated at 2:15 p.m and 4:50 p.m.: Adds comments from Gov. Greg Abbott's news conference, additional interviews and background. To protect itself from the ...



Texas Water Resources Institute to host watershed plan training  AgriLife Today

Contact: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host an ...



Making the connection: Watersheds and our water supplies  TribTalk

The heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding Central Texas faced a few weeks ago broke records and serve as an important reminder about the connection ...



Texas Republicans Fail to Kick a Million People off Food Stamps After Trying for a Year  The Texas Observer

As rural Americans struggled in 2018, Midland Congressman Mike Conaway was laser-focused on making it harder for the working poor to eat.



Coastal Protection and Restoration Study released by GLO, COE  Rockport Pilot

AUSTIN – A Plan to reduce risks and increase resilience of the Texas coast moves forward with selected options. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the ...



63 illegal immigrants nabbed near Texas-Mexico border  Washington Examiner

Federal law enforcement agents arrested a group of 63 people Thursday, including 52 young men, who allegedly illegally crossed from Mexico into Texas, ...



Surge of oil and gas flowing to Texas coastline triggers building boom, tensions  The Texas Tribune

For Texas ports, the rise in oil and gas exports is a windfall. For some communities, it's not so simple. by Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity and ...



Emotions run high as Bolivar Peninsula residents denounce coastal barrier proposal at public meeting  Chron

Hundreds of residents and property owners on Bolivar Peninsula packed a small cafeteria at Crenshaw Elementary School in Crystal Beach Saturday afternoon ...



Girl Who Died Fled Intensely Poor Guatemalan Village  U.S. News & World Report

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said ...



'Death sentence': butterfly sanctuary to be bulldozed for Trump's border wall  The Guardian

More than 200 species make their homes at America's most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in February.



With EPA acceptance, San Marcos Watershed Protection Plan moves forward  Community Impact Newspaper

Nov 20, 2018: Every two years, as a condition of the federal Clean Water Act, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality releases a report on water quality ...



Forest Service dismisses Village at Wolf Creek concerns  The Journal

The U.S. Forest *Service* has dismissed objections raised over the Village at Wolf Creek and intends to give road access to the developer of the...



Court fines Texas-based oilfield waste disposal company  Houston Chronicle

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators announced a $2.2 million fine Wednesday against a Texas-based oilfield driller and waste disposal company, ...



Smart drones in precision agriculture puts Texas Tech on cutting edge  High Plains Journal

Fields of cotton, wheat, sorghum and other crops are a common sight in the Texas High Plains, but what you might not expect is to see drones whipping through ...



Farm bill heads to President for final signature  Farm Futures

Get a deeper look at the easily passed farm bill that was cleared in the House and Senate this week.



To Get His Border Wall, the President May Have to Go Through Elon Musk  Inverse

The aspirations of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and President Donald Trump have inadvertently crossed have reportedly collided: The plot of land where the ...



Fracking Leases Under Texas Reservoir Threaten Corpus Christi Drinking Water  Center for Biological Diversity

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— The Trump administration today auctioned off 4,200 acres of public land for fracking beneath Corpus Christi's drinking-water supply, ...



Is a Butterfly Sanctuary in Danger of Being Bulldozed to Build President Trump's Border Wall?  Snopes.com

President Trump's proposed border wall is expected to have a significant impact on the surrounding environment.



In South Texas, Border Residents Struggle to Cope With the Latest Military Surge  The Intercept

Border communities still remember when a U.S. Marine assigned to a drug interdiction task force mistakenly shot and killed an 18-year-old boy.



Moisture probes improve water use efficiency  Delta Farm Press

Look underground to manage crop moisture demand.



Feds unveil draft coastal protection plan  Port isabel south padre

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com. During a public meeting held in Port Isabel last week, the U.S. Army Corps ...



Bolivar Peninsula residents worry that ‘Ike Dike’ proposal will upend their livelihoods  Houston Chronicle

When Andrea Sims-Kaptchinskie opened the Hardheads Icehouse & Grill, a local, open-air watering hole in Crystal Beach raised on stilts and built in the style of ...



What are nurdles, where do they come from, and are they killing our wildlife?  Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Plastic nurdles in the Gulf of Mexico are getting more attention in South Texas as more of the toxic pellets wash up on beaches.



Decision results in shake-up on New Mexico oil and gas panel  Fort Worth Star Telegram

A shake-up has resulted from a recent decision by New Mexico oil and gas regulators to ease restrictions on well locations for a Texas-based company ...



Proposed fence in Rio Grande Valley shows challenges of building Trump’s border ‘wall’  Houston Chronicle

Trump threatened a government shutdown if Democrats don't fund his wall, but proposed fencing in the Rio Grande Valley shows the difficulties in building it.



Recent Federal Report Highlights Economic Impact Of Climate Change On Texas  Texas Standard

The state's ability to produce more food, energy and water for a growing population will get more complicated and expensive as climate change takes hold.



New National Park System Advisory Board To Meet Wednesday  National Parks Traveler

A diverse range of members appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board will gather for their first meeting on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., ...



Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences banquet awards seven alumni for outstanding achievements  AgriLife Today

Media Contact: Laura Muntean, 979-847-9211, laura.muntean@ag.tamu.edu. COLLEGE STATION – Three Outstanding Early Career Alumni awards and four ...



Missouri City expands surface water reuse program; second phase aims to double the amount of water treated  Community Impact Newspaper

Dec 3, 2018: *Editor's Note: This story was updated to include correct information about where Fort Bend County receives its drinking water. Drinking water in ...



In Southwest Texas, the Fracking Industry Encroaches on Small Towns, Remote Wilderness, and Clear Skies  DeSmog

Sue and James Franklin run a rock and mineral shop in Balmorhea, Texas, a small picturesque town known for hosting the world's largest spring-fed swimming ...



Agency Policing Tent City for Immigrant Kids Lacks Experience Investigating Sex Crimes Involving Children  ProPublica

The Federal Protective *Service*, which primarily secures federal buildings, has been charged with responding to incidents at the shelter with 2, 800 immigrant…



Nailed to the wall: Trump’s precious barrier would be a disaster for animals and people along the Texas border  New York Daily News

Since the 2016 election, Pres. Donald Trump's pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border has loomed over the political landscape. Now, the president is ...



Troops time in the Valley coming to an end  KGBT-TV

About a month ago, the military set up camp across various locations in the Valley as part of a presidential order in response to the migrant caravan. However ...



The importance of pollinators to soil and water conservation in Texas  Southwest Farm Press

Pollinators include the birds and the bees (butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, and even small mammals) and are vital for production agriculture.



Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board announces 2018 Conservation Award winners  Southwest Farm Press

The purpose of the program is to acknowledge, recognize, and honor individuals that dedicate their time and efforts to the conservation of natural resources.



Borderland Rebellion: One Texas Naturalist Takes Conservation Into His Own Hands - The Crux  Discover Magazine

From climate change to a border wall, the scrubland plants in South Texas face myriad threats. This self-taught naturalist is taking matters into his own hands.



Lawmakers debate fix after Land and Water Conservation Fund fund lapses  The Denver Post

A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend ...



Federal judge blocks Trump's asylum ban for migrants who enter illegally from Mexico  The Texas Tribune

The temporary restraining order halts President Donald Trump's effort to automatically deny asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.



El Paso is on the Cutting Edge of Water Conservation. It Really Has No Choice.  The Texas Observer

Faced with a water crisis, El Paso joined with Ciudad Juárez to cut water use and save their shared aquifers.



Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands  The Texas Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to produce oil and gas on federal acreage. In southeastern New Mexico, it can't even keep up with what's ...



Some Texas ranches tout hunting exotic animals as a way to support conservation  ABC News

A sprawling, high-fenced, 18000-acre preserve is home to over 60 different species of majestic animals, including giraffes, Cape buffalos and gemsbok.



CAMPAIGN 2018: How Trump helped Beto O'Rourke score conservation win  E&E News

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke has become a political rock star in opposing President Trump and trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R). He also has a ...



Farm Bill will impact Texas’ post-Harvey conservation efforts [Opinion]  Houston Chronicle

As Gus McCrae wisely quipped in “Lonesome Dove”: “Yesterday's gone, we can't get it back.” The Farm Bill of yesterday — or four years ago, to be clear — is ...



Major additions in the works for Texas’ public lands  Chron

A pair of land transactions in opposite corners of Texas promise to expand the amount of public lands and public hunting, along with fishing and other outdoor ...



Army Corps, Texas officials propose sweeping hurricane protection plan  The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have recommended a plan to shore up the Houston area and other parts of the Texas ...



House committee vote boosts Coloradans’ hopes Land and Water Conservation Fund will be renewed  The Denver Post

A congressional committee's vote to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund is buoying Coloradans' hope that the program will be permanently ...



Farm bill should provide conservation tools  Delta Farm Press

Our country's rural lands are disappearing. The United States loses 175 acres of farm and ranch lands every hour to development[1], and once those lands are ...



Powderhorn Ranch becomes wildlife management area | Calhoun  Victoria Advocate

More than 15000 acres of the Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County, prime unspoiled coastal prairie, is now a state wildlife management ...



George P. Bush wins re-election as Texas Land Commissioner  Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — Republican George P. Bush defeated Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo on Tuesday to win his second term as Texas Land Commissioner, ...



Migrant caravan: Mexico calls for 'full investigation' into use of tear gas as Trump defends action  The Independent

A day after the US shutdown a port of entry on its southwestern border and shot tear gas and pepper spray into crowds of migrants to stop them from crossing ...



Amid immigration debate, feds moving ahead with land seizures for South Texas border wall  Texas Tribune

At a briefing in McAllen earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told a group of South Texas officials the federal government plans to move forward ...



Threat To Public Lands Conservation Program May Lie In Its Obscurity  Wyoming Public Media

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) may be the most successful, and little-known, conservation program. That obscurity could contribute to it'



County aquires more conservation land  Gainesville Sun

Since voters gave the nod to the Wild Spaces and Public Places sales tax two years ago, county officials have kept busy, working to acquire more conservation ...



Zinke talks Land and Water Conservation Fund reform with Louisiana officials, oil execs  Watchdog.org

U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry (LOGA) and then visited a local park this week to announce the annual ...



In a New Era, a Conservation Giant Looks to Communities, Equity and Local Progress  Inside Philanthropy

In part because the Trump administration has taken a shredder to land protections, approaches to conservation in the United States are changing. The Hewlett ...



Has Hunting Become a Rich Man’s Game?  Texas Monthly

When Andrew Sansom was named executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1990, he boldly took on the challenge of uniting ...



How a Mix of Funders Helped Unlock Millions for Climate-Conscious Conservation in the South  Inside Philanthropy

The Southern Cumberland Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot in the South that's uniquely suited to support species in a changing climate. We dig into a successful ...



We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion.  The New York Times

WILSON, Wyo. — Plant and animal species are estimated to be disappearing at a rate 1,000 times faster than they were before humans arrived on the scene.



The Richest People In Texas, 2018  Forbes

By Chris Helman, Linh Nguyen and the Forbes Wealth Team. Patron tequila tycoon John Paul DeJoria and wife Eloise at Hearst Castle.Patrick McMullan via ...



Western business owners throw support behind reauthorizing Land and Water Conservation Fund  The Denver Post

Coloradans are among those planning to travel to Washington next week to share new polling with federal lawmakers that says outdoor businesses across the ...



2 proposals in could expand public lands, habitat in Texas  Fort Worth Star Telegram

A pair of land transactions in Texas promise to expand public lands and public hunting, along with fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities in the state.



Houston Zoo’s new black bear exhibit promotes conservation, awareness  Houston Chronicle

Two North American black bears get a new 6000 square foot exhibit space at the Houston Zoo as officials urge the public not to shoot or feed bears they see in ...



Colorado businesses call on lawmakers to renew federal conservation fund  The Denver Post

A Colorado coalition of 70 businesses sent a letter Thursday to the state's congressional delegation asking the lawmakers to support permanently reauthorizing ...



Report: Region's conservation funding could drop  Grand Forks Herald

The House farm bill proposes to eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP, and fold some of its funding into an another ag conservation program ...



Faced with failure, state to propose new plan to protect West Texas lizard  Texas Tribune

The state comptroller's office went back to the drawing board after the failure of a 6-year-old plan to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard that relied on voluntary ...



This is our land? Not if politics kills fund to protect national parks [Editorial]  Houston Chronicle

It pays for national parks, it costs taxpayers next to nothing, but still, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is in trouble.



Mining and the environment: the biggest conservation projects in mining  Mining Technology

From elk conservation centres in the US to collecting data on Australian ghost bats, here are five of the biggest conservation projects in mining.



Windmill Country: Big Country residents win soil, conservation awards  ReporterNews.com

Boyd Brooks and Randall Bankhead, both of Nolan County, named Conservation Rancher, Conservation Farmer of the year.



Bush leads in race for General Land Office  mySA

AUSTIN — Republican incumbent George P. Bush held just over a seven-point lead over Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo in the race for Texas Land ...



Army Corps set to propose hurricane protection plan for Houston  The Texas Tribune

For years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has studied how best to protect Houston from deadly hurricane storm surge. It will announce which one it thinks is ...



Dunn: Land commissioner candidates won't hold Oil & Gas accountable  New Mexico In Depth

Outgoing State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn grew up on an apple farm near Alamogordo and worked for 25 years in banking. He characterizes the land ...



Conservation programs encourage long-term sustainability  Des Moines Register

Congress, whether through dysfunction, neglect or some combination, has allowed the Farm Bill to expire.



Rolling Plains soil health, conservation field tour set Aug. 29 near Vernon  AgriLife Today

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu. Contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu. Dr. Paul DeLaune ...



The Nature Conservancy  The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, ...



JK Moving puts Loudoun land into conservation  WTOP

JK Moving, the largest independent moving company in North America, has purchased an 87-acre parcel of land in northern Loudoun County, known as ...



Congress Is Letting a Decades-Old Program that Aided San Antonio's Missions Expire  San Antonio Current

A 53-year-old federal program that's poured millions of dollars into protecting cherished South Texas landmarks including the San Antonio Missions National ...



Texas oil company to pay $3.2 million for trespass on New Mexico State Trust land  Carlsbad Current-Argus

A Texas-based oil and gas company agreed to pay $3.2 million to the New Mexico State Land Office for trespassing on State Trust land. Salt Creek Midstream, of ...



Grijalva engineers a bipartisan plan to save public-lands fund  Arizona Daily Star

WASHINGTON — A House committee unanimously approved a surprise, bipartisan plan to save a popular land conservation fund Thursday, just weeks before it ...



Texan by Nature Announces 2018 Conservation Wranglers  Business Wire

Texan by Nature (TxN), a Texas-led conservation non-profit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, announces the honorees of its annual Conservation.



New Mexico official says Texas landowners are “stealing” millions of gallons of water and selling it back for fracking  The Texas Tribune

Water restrictions in New Mexico have created a supply crunch for the fracking industry, so more free-flowing Texas water is helping to fill the void. But not ...



With Family Plots and Migratory Hubs in Its Crosshairs, the Border Wall Looms Large in Texas  Pacific Standard

After securing over $500 million in March to build a border barrier, the Department of Homeland Security has begun laying the foundation for the first miles of ...



Bigger isn't always better for agriculture  Southwest Farm Press

It's been said, everything's bigger in Texas. But the urbanization that is exploding in one of Texas' fastest growing counties, proves bigger isn't always better, ...



Texas Files New Conservation Plan for Rare Lizard  Courthouse News Service

AUSTIN, Texas (CN) – Texas' chief tax collector released an updated conservation plan this week that it hopes will help better protect the rare dunes sagebrush ...



Montana Governor Sues Attorney General Over Land Authority  U.S. News & World Report

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is suing the state's attorney general over whether the Democratic governor has the authority to unilaterally ...



'Greatest conservation program nobody has ever heard of' could be going away  Allentown Morning Call

The Land and Water Conservation Fund — a federal program that uses oil and gas drilling revenue to protect land — expires Sept. 30. Environmentalists are ...


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