Beginning in 1915, landowner assistance and emergency response have been the primary duties of the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS). Today, this commitment continues, in large part, through the East Texas Operations Department of TFS. Numerous offices and agency personnel exist throughout East Texas to provide information and assistance in the areas that landowners desire for the continued enhancement of the East Texas forests.
The Texas A&M Forest Service also supports the many Consulting Foresters and Certified Foresters that exist to give specific management information to landowners. These consulting foresters provide many services for landowners including timer inventory cruises and timber value estimates, reforestation services, and prescribed burning services, among others. To locate a consulting forester, visit the following sites:
The Texas A&M Forest Service strives to work with both consulting foresters and landowners to help landowners enhance their forest land. The Forest Stewardship Program administered through TFS is available to interested landowners. Through this program, foresters can visit with landowners on their property to discuss landowner objectives and strategies to meet those objectives through the development of a management plan. Landowners can take pride in knowing that their plan addresses numerous resource elements including timber, water, wildlife, forest health, among others. Successful implementation of the plan by a landowner often results in being recognized as a Certified Forest Steward.
Reforestation is a common interest of landowners who contact TFS. District foresters can provide technical guidance, discuss the best species for the site, help determine site preparation practices, and help provide information on seedling nurseries that may grow a landowner's tree species of interest.
Another common interest among landowners is timber management and harvesting. TFS focuses on providing educational information about timber management. While consulting foresters are the best source for timber valuation, TFS can provide information on the practices and methods landowners can use to meet their objectives while maintaining or improving forest health.
There are many other issues that landowners face in East Texas. Among them are fire, insects and diseases, and invasive species. District foresters have the ability to provide information on a variety of topics. However, the job of a district forester does not end there. They are often active in conservation education at schools, help facilitate local forest landowner organizations, and try to be leaders in efforts to grow and enhance the forests of East Texas. As trained wildland firefighters, the district foresters of TFS are also there to help in times of disaster.
Landowners have other resources available to them as they manage their land or seek educational opportunities. The landowner resources page describes a few common available resources.
Contact a local Texas A&M Forest Service office to find out more information on East Texas landowner assistance.