Through the Forest Stewardship Program, Texas A&M Forest Service promotes land stewardship to landowners all over Texas—from the Pineywoods of East Texas to the West Texas Panhandle. As a landowner, professional assistance is tailored to your individual needs. A written plan for your property is the foundation of good land stewardship. TFS foresters are available to help you develop a written 10-year course of action, outlining step-by-step measures that will enable you to meet the goals and objectives established for your property. Working together, TFS and Texas landowners can move toward a brighter future with thriving forestlands, healthy economic rewards and sustained environmental benefits.
Learn more about how the Forest Stewardship Program helps landowners increase their profits, reach their property goals, and improve the overall health of Texas lands.
As a private landowner in East Texas, you perhaps have the most to gain from the Forest Stewardship Program— and the most to lose if good land and timber management practices are not followed.
While this region is heavily forested, 2.8 million acres of timberlands are under stocked. Similarly, on private family forestland, only 1 out of every 7 acres that is harvested is replanted. Technical assistance is readily available to help you get the most from your land. Call your local TFS office, seek advice and consultation from a professional forester, or view a list of land management vendors for help.
Forest stewardship will pay dividends not only to you and the forest products industry, but to the overall environmental health of the region as well.
The Central Texas Hill Country has been named one of the world's "Last Great Places." Natural resources in this region are threatened by poor land management, fire exclusion, invasive species, oak wilt and rapid population growth.
As a Texas landowner, you have the ability to conserve Central Texas trees and natural resources for future generations. TFS is available to help address your interests in trees, wildlife, recreation, water, as well as concerns about drought, wildfire, forest health and diseases such as oak wilt. Call your local TFS office, find a Central Texas Professional Land Management Service Provider, or view a list of Central Texas Vendors that provide land management services for more information.
Every year, approximately 535 million tons of West Texas land literally blows away. Just one mile of windbreak trees can keep up to 2,800 tons of valuable soil on site. Windbreaks are essential in protecting farmland, livestock, homesteads and roadways from the harsh weather of the High Plains. They also provide crucial habitat for wildlife and enhance the value of your property.
TFS foresters can provide invaluable assistance in designing a plan that fits your needs, covering topics such as proper site preparation, tree selection, placement and maintenance of windbreaks.