MANAGE FORESTS & LAND
  • Healthy trees and forests are critically important to protecting water resources and sustaining them in the future. Approximately 50 percent of the freshwater resources in Texas originate on forestlands, which provide a continuous and abundant supply of clean water. In fact, many state and national forests were established to protect the country’s water sources.

    Sustainably managed forests and woodlands are able to provide clean water in addition to many of the products we use on a daily basis, such as lumber and paper, as long as Best Management Practices are implemented.

     + Forest and Water Relationship

    In addition to supplying the cleanest water of any land use, Texas forests also absorb rainfall, refill groundwater aquifers, slow and filter stormwater runoff, mitigate erosion, reduce flooding, and maintain watershed stability and resilience. Collectively, this process is known as the forest-water relationship, or watershed ecosystem services, and is valued at $13.2 billion annually. 

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     + Best Management Practices

    Approximately 14.4 million acres of forested lands in Texas are suitable for the production of timber. Forest operations associated with management, harvest and regeneration can potentially degrade water quality if done improperly. Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are the principal means of protecting water resources during forest operations.

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     + Partnership

    Texas Forests and Drinking Water Partnership

    The Texas Forests and Drinking Water Partnership was established in 2015 to explore the connections between forests and drinking water, and to investigate ways to collaborate to sustain these two important and interdependent natural resources. This initiative works to increase understanding and communication between the forest and drinking water sectors and is part of a larger, regional collaborative called the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water.  

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     + Contact

     

    Hughes Simpson
    Program Coordinator
    200 Technology Way, Suite 1281
    College Station, TX 77845
    979-458-6630 office

    hsimpson@tfs.tamu.edu



    Todd Thomas
    Staff Forester
    2127 S. First St.

    Lufkin, TX 75901
    936-639-8182 office
    tthomas@tfs.tamu.edu

    Donna Work
    Biologist 
    2127 S. First St.
    Lufkin, TX 75901
    936-639-8191 office
    dwork@tfs.tamu.edu



    Lori Hazel
    Staff Forester
    101 South Main Street
    Temple, TX 76501
    254-742-9874 office

    lhazel@tfs.tamu.edu
    Hannah Cruce
    Staff Forester
    2040 North Loop West, Suite 380
    Houston, TX 77018
    713-688-1248 office
    hcruce@tfs.tamu.edu
    Jeff McFall
    Staff Forester
    15110 Jones Maltsberger, Suite 103
    San Antonio, Texas 78247
    210-213-9876 office
    jmcfall@tfs.tamu.edu