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Texas A&M Forest Service Awards Grants to Offset Prescribed Burning Costs

January 10, 2023 - Texas A&M Forest Service has awarded $522,162 in grants to Texas landowners for the treatment of more than 18,000 acres with prescribed burning.

Prescribed burning is an effective land management tool to reduce wildfire risk, improve wildlife habitat and promote a healthy forest ecosystem. The practice of prescribed burning eliminates brush, weeds, dried vegetation and downed trees and also fosters seed and plant regeneration, reduces invasive plants and restores soil nutrients.

Grant Applications Open for Forest Thinning Through Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

December 19, 2022 — Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2023 Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Prevention Cost-Share Program. Applications are due by February 1, 2023.

Through the program, eligible forest landowners can receive financial and technical assistance related to reducing the threat of SPB infestations and outbreaks.

Funds provided by USDA Forest Service-Region 8 and Forest Health Protection can assist landowners with conducting thin operations in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands in 21 East Texas counties.

Tornadoes in Northeast Texas Cause an Estimated $13 Million in Damage to Timber

December 14, 2022 - A series of tornadoes that struck Northeast Texas in early November damaged timber on more than 10,000 acres. The timber was worth an estimated $13 million.

Storms that tracked across North Texas on Nov. 4 resulted in seven tornadoes, five of which impacted timberland in Bowie, Cass, Henderson, Morris and Red River counties, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service assessment of the damage. One person died as a result of the storm in Morris County.

East Texas Forests Growing Strong

October 21, 2022 - The forests of East Texas are thriving, thanks to modern forestry practices and a strong forest-products economy.

“Over the last 20 to 30 years, there’s been a lot of focus on growing higher-quality trees,” said Dr. Aaron Stottlemyer, Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Analytics Department Head. “Every year, we’re producing better and better trees that are growing faster.”

That, in turn, translates to a robust forest with benefits for the Texas economy.

Trees Still Struggling with Effects of Drought, Leading to Muted Fall Colors, Potential for Pests

October 4, 2022 - A summer without significant rain could lead to an autumn without significant fall colors.

Despite some late summer rain, much of Texas remains abnormally dry or in some stage of drought, and trees across the state are continuing to show signs of stress.

This fall is expected to be warmer and drier than average, and combined with the effects related to the lingering drought, that means this year’s fall foliage may be less vibrant than usual.

Grants available to Texas Landowners for Prescribed Burning

September 6, 2022 — Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting applications for grants to help eligible Texas property owners with the cost of prescribed burning on their land.

The grants will reimburse landowners to offset the cost of having a prescribed burn conducted on their property by certified and insured prescribed burn managers. Last year, these grant programs provided more than $322,000 to landowners for a total of 11,667 acres treated.


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