Riparian Field Guides
Resources from Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD)
Natural stream restoration: Restoring Streams
This is the first in a series of three videos about natural stream restoration. These videos are hosted by Dr. Jason Vogel, P.E., stormwater specialist in the department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. The first video is about healthy streams and what makes them work and what makes them healthy. The second video is about things that can make the stream unhealthy, what can degrade the banks and destroy the habitat. And the final video is about tools and methods that we can utilize to restore the stability of the stream bank while returning the habitat to the stream.
Natural Stream Restoration: Restoring Streams Part I
Natural Stream Restoration: Restoring Streams Part II
Natural Stream Restoration: Restoring Streams Part III
Living with Texas Fire
The Living with Texas Fire videos showcase aspects of prescribed burning and wildfire mitigation targeted toward empowering and encouraging Texas landowners to become fire-ready. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service developed educational materials that empower landowners with safe prescribed burn practices. The materials also help to strengthen the Prescribed Burn Associations and Burn Schools knowledge-base of prescribed burning in Texas.
Living with Texas Fire Videos
There are 20 videos in the Living with Texas Fire series. Click the PLAY ALL button to watch all of the videos in the series. Click the PLAYLIST link on the video to browse to a chapter. You can follow this link to view this Playlist on Youtube.
For more information, please contact Dr. Morgan L. Russell: 325.657.7317 or Morgan.Russell@ag.tamu.edu . You can also follow Dr. Russell on Social Media: @eXMorganRussell or West Texas Rangelands on Facebook
Proper Functioning Condition Resources:
A great guide to Central Texas Wetland/Riparian Plants:
From the Texas A&M Forest Service: Resources about Urban and Community Forestry
Provided are resources on how to effectively manage trees in urban areas. Some topics that are discussed include: watering trees wisely, what’s wrong with my tree?, how to care for my tree?, tree health issues, the benefit of trees, and tree ordinances.
Middle School Educational Tools:
The Colorado River Alliance, recently developed a great outreach tool in partnership with TWDB. It’s called Texas 2040 and is a game designed for middle-schoolers to make different decisions to balance the water needs of a growing population and available management tools with financial resources and environmental needs. Each turn gives you a weather report and options for conservation education, technology, or new sources:
This web site was designed to provide information to landowners and the general public on feral hog control, damage, diseases and hunting tips.
Damage caused by feral hogs is a growing problem because of their destructive feeding habits, potential to spread disease and increasingly growing population. The resources provided here are intended to increase the understanding of feral hog biology, natural history, damage management, and control techniques.
Do you live in North Texas? Here’s a list of the Top 100 Plants for North Texas compiled by AgriLife’s Dallas Water University.
Don’t live in North Texas? Then use the Earth-Kind Plant Selector to find plants for your part of Texas.
Texas Well Owners Network Resources:
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) along with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering developed the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) designed to deliver a science-based, community-responsive education curriculum. The program is funded through the TSSWCB. The TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their drinking water needs. Well owners who want to become familiar with Texas’ groundwater sources, water quality, water treatment, and well maintenance issues should join our network or view our upcoming Well Informed screenings and Well Educated training courses. Included resources include: