Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) provides content on the agency website ( ) and other TFS websites in support of two of its key functions of “providing accurate, science-based information and building the capacity of others.” TFS invites visitors to use its online content for personal, educational and other non-commercial purposes. By using the TFS websites and content, you accept and agree to abide by the following terms.

    TFS welcomes you to make fair use of the content as defined by copyright law. Information on United States copyright fair use law is available from the United States Copyright Office: . Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use. In addition, TFS allows personal, educational and other non-commercial uses of the content on the following terms:

    • You must cite the author and source of the content as you would material from any printed work.
    • You must also cite and link to, when possible, the TFS website as the source of the content.
    • You may not remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices including attribution information, credits, and notices, that are placed in or near the text, images, or data.
    • You must comply with all terms or restrictions other than copyright (such as trademark, publicity and privacy rights, or contractual restrictions) as may be specified in the metadata or as may otherwise apply to the content.

    If you wish to use the illustrations, please note that they are Copyright by Robert O’Brien.  Our terms of use allow them to be reproduced for educational purposes, however, they may not be altered in anyway.  The Copyright by Robert O’Brien tag must remain, and credit reference to TFS must be included somewhere in the document.  Language such as:  “Illustrations Copyright by Robert O’Brien and courtesy of Texas A&M Forest Service”  is sufficient.