Oaks may replace pines in severely burned ‘Lost Pines’ region without human intervention

COLLEGE STATION – Without human help, the “Lost Pines” may lose some of what it is known for after wildfire ripped through that region almost six years ago, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife study. The “Lost Pines” ecoregion, located in Bastrop, Fayette and Caldwell counties, constitutes the western-most range of loblolly pine in the […]

Texas A&M institute sends up ‘bat signal’ for help from Texas landowners

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources bat research team is asking Texas residents to help document bat species and populations throughout the state. The institute’s Bat and Hibernacula Surveys team is conducting surveys statewide to determine the location of wintering bats and their roosts. The primary investigator for the project is Dr. […]

Water quality training workshop set Feb. 7 in New Braunfels

NEW BRAUNFELS – A Texas Watershed Steward water quality workshop related to the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River watersheds will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 at the New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa St. in New Braunfels. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State […]

Research shows Central Texas landscapes can go ‘thirsty’ but still thrive

SAN ANTONIO — Many ornamental plants popular in Central Texas landscapes can still grow and thrive when watered using half or less of the usual recommended irrigation amounts, according to research results recently published by two Texas A&M AgriLife institutes. A drought survivability study, conducted in San Antonio throughout 2015, investigated how 97 plant species […]

Water well owner training set for Jan. 24 in Port Lavaca

PORT LAVACA — A private water well management training conducted by the Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, will be held Jan. 24 in Port Lavaca. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Calhoun County, 186 Henry […]

Research team enhances identification process for bacterial pollution in watersheds

COLLEGE STATION — For more than a decade, the Texas Bacterial Source Tracking Program has improved the identification process for bacterial pollution sources in watersheds across Texas, helping restore water quality and protect human health, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official. “Because of the efforts of this joint program with the Texas Water […]

Flooded with memories, AgriLife Extension reopens Harris County office

HOUSTON — Tax Day 2016. The day most income earners know as the deadline for filing federal returns became taxing in another way for more than 20 employees at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Harris County office. “More than 15 inches of rain fell during April 18-19,” said Dr. Allen Malone, AgriLife Extension county […]

Texas Master Naturalist spring training sessions announced

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Master Naturalist Program, affiliated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has scheduled next year’s spring volunteer training classes, said the program’s assistant state coordinator at College Station. “The training classes will be conducted by 26 of the program’s chapters across the state for volunteers wanting to learn about natural […]