Texas A&M Forest Services Press Release

Winter Storm Uri Continued Tree Impacts – Pine Tree Mortality

November 24, 2021 - February 2021 will be remembered by Texans and by our trees as the year of the “Deep Freeze”. Multiple days with below-freezing temperatures resulted in the crowns of a noticeable number of trees turning brown and appearing as if the trees had died. As Texas A&M Forest Service reported earlier in the year, many, if not most, of those trees recovered and produced normal levels of foliage during the summer. But even now, more than nine months removed from Winter Strom Uri, Texans are still seeing the effects of the “Deep Freeze”.

$477,786 in Grant Funds Available for Prescribed Burning to Central, East Texas Landowners

September 1, 2021 – Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting grant applications to offset the cost of prescribed burning on private lands for Central and East Texas landowners through September 30, 2021.

$477,786 in grant funds are available for eligible landowners conducting prescribed burns on their property by certified and insured prescribed burn managers. Last year, the grant programs provided $376,162 to landowners for a total of 15,094 acres treated.

Arrest Made in Cherokee County Timber Theft Investigation

August 26, 2021 College Station - Clinton Moore, 61, of Nacogdoches, Texas, was arrested August 24, 2021 in Cherokee County for Timber Purchase as a Trustee with Intent to Defraud on timber valued between $20,000 - $100,000, a third degree felony. Moore turned himself in to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office after a warrant was obtained by Texas A&M Forest Service law enforcement officers with a $12,000 bond.

Texas A&M Forest Service Personnel Mobilized to Support Out-of-State Wildfire Response

June 21, 2021 — Twenty-five Texas A&M Forest Service overhead personnel and operational fire resources, including two engine crews, are currently deployed to wildfire incidents in Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico and Florida.

With increased fire activity occurring in multiple geographic areas across the country, resources from around the nation mobilize to assist other states during times of need.

Aviation Resources Prepositioned in State for Wildfire Response as Warm, Dry Conditions are Expected This Week

April 6, 2021 - Texas A&M Forest Service has opened a single engine air tanker base in Alpine, Texas to assist with wildfire response across the state.

Persistent drought, cured grasses, above normal temperatures and elevated to critical fire weather will produce conditions conducive to increased fire activity from the Big Bend region to the Midland/Odessa area on Tuesday and Wednesday. This same area will likely experience consecutive days of strong drying in vegetation through the end of the week, resulting in critically dry fuels for the weekend.

Forest Legacy Grants Acquire 23,000 Acres to Conserve Southern Forests

March 26, 2021 — The Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program acquired 23,327 acres in 2020, utilizing nearly $23 million in the form of competitive grants for conservation easements and fee simple purchases. Through this program, Texas A&M Forest Service acquired Fox Hunters Hill, a $1.6 million conservation easement consisting of over 2,387 acres of sustainably managed forestland adjacent to the Sabine National Forest.

Texas A&M Forest Service launches Forest Stewardship Dashboard

March 24, 2021 - How valuable is it to actively manage your forestland? Landowners can now explore the added financial and environmental benefits of land management through the Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Stewardship Dashboard.

The new website highlights both the values and stories of the state agency’s Forest Stewardship Program. The program helps landowners achieve their property goals, increase their profits, sustain environmental functions and improve the overall health of their land by providing professional assistance tailored to individual needs.
 

Grants Available to Landowners in East Texas to Help Restore Longleaf Pine Forests

March 16, 2021 - Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas Longleaf Pine Implementation Team have announced available funding for private landowners interested in restoring and enhancing longleaf pine ecosystems on their property. Grants have been made available by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and International Paper (NYSE: IP) through the Forestland Stewards Initiative. Funding was granted to help conserve and restore this iconic and important American landscape.

Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Children in Nature Network and Texan by Nature launch Nature Challenge

March 15, 2021 - The Nature Challenge website launched today, connecting Texans with fun, creative ways to explore the outdoors, learn new skills and get involved in their community. This statewide tool is the result of a shared vision between Texas Children in Nature Network, Texan by Nature and Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Nature Challenge desktop website encourages Texans to explore nature near and far by completing challenges and earning digital badges, allowing users to track their progress in a Challenge Progress Report.

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