Flood recovery resources are available through AgriLife Extension

As many Texans recover from recent flood damage, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has resources that can help.

The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network, or Texas EDEN, has science-based materials related to floods, and other emergencies and disasters at texashelp.tamu.edu. View the Texas EDEN Floods page for expert advice on flood recovery, and see these specific resources for additional information and for experts to contact:

Read this AgriLife TODAY article for more information about Texas EDEN and flood safety.

The National Forest Service Flooding and Its Effects on Trees page also has helpful information for landowners assessing and monitoring damaged trees. And, for resources on maintaining and protecting healthy riparian areas along streams and rivers, visit the Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program at texasriparian.org.

Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas’ is now available

Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas’

‘Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas’ is now available

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a new resource for landowners and managers, “Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas.”

The new publication, which has been given the identification number WF-010, can be downloaded for free or purchased at $3 per hard copy through the AgriLife Bookstore, said Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate at College Station.

“This publication was developed for landowners in the Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah ecoregions of Central and East Texas seeking information on how to properly manage their riparian areas. It’s important to note though, that many of the principles and practices discussed are applicable to other parts of the state as well,” he said.

The publication describes ways landowners can evaluate the condition of their riparian areas and then recommends techniques for restoring those sites, he said. Some of the techniques include reseeding native grasses and forbs, proper plant species selection, and proper grazing techniques and management along croplands. The basic monitoring methods used to maintain productivity are also explained.

The publication is a collaborative effort of AgriLife Extension’s wildlife and fisheries unit, the Texas Water Resources Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The publication was developed as part of the Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

See the AgriLife TODAY news release here.

Join the TRA Listserv

Join the Texas Riparian Association Listserv! The Riparian Listserv was created to encourage the exchange of information on riparian issues among the citizens of Texas. You do not need to be a member of TRA to subscribe. Notices about recent riparian research, conferences, training, and activities are posted, along with discussions on riparian related information and issues.

Instructions to Subscribe
Information on how to subscribe to the Riparian Listserv can be found at http://texasriparian.org/about-tra/listserv/, or you can go directly to the page at http://nrt.tamu.edu/courses/texas-riparian/ where you enter your contact information into the form to subscribe.

New study: Forest sector contributes $30.3 billion to Texas economy

New study: Forest sector contributes $30.3 billion to Texas economyThe Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) has completed a new study of the economic contribution provided by forestry-driven, wood-based industries in Texas. The report shows that the Texas forest sector continues to be one of the top ten manufacturing sectors in the state and contributed $30.3 billion in industry output, supporting more than 130,600 jobs, in 2012.

TFS periodically produces the report, Economic Impact of the Texas Forest Sector, to give citizens an idea of how the forest sector fits into the Texas economy. The latest report analyzes data collected from 2012, the most current available.

The current report is especially important because it shows where forestry in Texas stands as the economy rebounds from the 2007–09 recession, according to TFS. The recession had a profound adverse impact on the Texas forest sector, and although forest and forest product industries have not fully recovered, there are signs of improvement, TFS officials said.

Dr. Omkar Joshi, TFS forest economist, said that the forest sector is making steady progress, climbing from the lows seen during the recession.

“With the economy improving and the housing market getting better and better, we should continue to see the forest industry’s economic contribution to Texas increase,” he said.

View and download a copy of the full report and visit TexasForestInfo.com for additional information on economic impacts of the Texas forest sector, statewide trend analysis, directory of forest products industries, timber supply analysis, county- or region-specific distribution of forest products and economic values of the ecological goods and services provided by Texas forests.

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