Texas A&M Forest Service offers $17,500 in grant funds for Texas High Plains vegetative fuel breaks

The Texas A&M Forest Service wants landowners in the High Plains to know they may be eligible for funding that would assist in the creation of vegetative fuel breaks on private lands. Through Dec. 20, Texas A&M Forest Service will be accepting grant applications. The agency will reimburse each grant recipient up to $2,500 for […]

Texans can take steps to prevent spread of oak wilt 

The Texas A&M Forest Service is urging Texans to help prevent the spread of oak wilt by minimizing the transportation of firewood this winter.  Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the U.S. and has been blamed for epidemic proportions of tree kills in Central Texas. Because the disease primarily spread […]

Texas A&M AgriLife expands footprint with renovated urban campus in Dallas

Texas A&M AgriLife on Tuesday hosted a grand opening of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas renovated campus, which aims to serve as a rural-urban interface connecting Texans to their food sources, environmental sustainability and healthy living. “Agriculture must become integral to urban culture,” said Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice-chancellor of Texas A&M Agrilife, dean […]

RELLIS Campus Festival and Open House set for Oct. 5

RELLIS Campus has been under construction for the past three and a half years, and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp has invited the public to come out and see the campus up close and take a look at what else is yet to come.  The event is free and open to the public and […]

Texas A&M Forest Service responding to epic flooding of Southeast Texas

COLLEGE STATION –  As torrential rainfall from Tropical Depression Imelda brings life-threatening flooding, responders from Texas A&M Forest Service are leading primary Incident Management Teams, IMT, in Southeast Texas. An eight-person Incident Planning Section is en route to the Beaumont Disaster District Committee. The team is comprised of four Texas A&M Forest Service responders and […]

Increased wildfire potential across West and Central Texas this weekend

COLLEGE STATION — Significant wildfire potential will increase Sept. 7-9 across West and Central Texas as temperatures remain near 100 degrees, and wind speeds increase to 10 mph to 15 mph.  Due to the emerging drought, hot temperatures and limited rainfall, cured grasses and brush are highly receptive to ignitions and burning, according to the […]

Funds available to landowners who thin forests to prevent southern pine beetle

COLLEGE STATION — Eligible forest landowners can receive financial and technical assistance by helping reduce the threat of southern pine beetle, or SPB, infestations and outbreaks. Landowners in 21 East Texas counties conducting first-thin operations in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands may apply for the 2019 Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Thinning Cost Share. This […]

Exceptional drought conditions in portions of Texas causes plea for citizens to use caution outdoors

COLLEGE STATION — Due to exceptional drought conditions in the Panhandle and South Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster on Aug. 23. Abbott announced the state of disaster in Duval, Hall, Jim Hogg, Randall, Swisher, Webb and Zapata counties. In early July, only 5% of the state registered any drought level. Almost […]

Central Texas airtanker base activated to help fight wildfires across the state

AUSTIN — Texas A&M Forest Service is opening the Austin Airtanker Base at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to assist with increased wildfire activity across the state. Significant fire activity has increased recently, particularly in northwest Texas, Central Texas and the Cross Timbers region where hot and dry conditions persist and fuel loading is high. Critical […]