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MANAGE FORESTS & LAND
  • WATER RESOURCES AND BMPS: 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.

    What is a watershed, and how does it work? Forests and Water - Helping to Meet the South's Water Needs Today and Tomorrow (PDF, 5MB) 

    Forest and the Water Cycle

    Texas forests, and the products and services they provide, are constantly at risk. The state’s population is expected to nearly double over the next 50 years, resulting in an overall increase in water demand. This tremendous growth will generally occur at the expense of forests and woodlands, resources that are already under stress from the effects of weather, wildfire, and insect and disease, further impacting water quality and supply.

    Effective partnerships are vital to maintain healthy and sustainable forests, clean water, and the numerous benefits these lands provide. The Texas Forests and Drinking Water Partnership is a collaborative effort of the forest and water sector to increase understanding and communication of the importance of forests to drinking water and watershed protection. 


    Urban Forests

    Trees and forests within urban and community areas of the state serve numerous functions, including mitigating flooding potential, managing stormwater runoff, and protecting water quality. TFS is working with municipalities to demonstrate how trees can be incorporated into green infrastructure and low impact development plans.

        Urbanization and Water Demands in Texas (PDF, 150KB)

        Urban Forests Protect Water Resources (PDF, 135KB)


    Rural Forests

    Private land stewardship, through the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), is one of the principle means of protecting water resources. BMPs are conservation practices designed to protect soil and water resources. Treating and protecting water at its origin, and not just at its destination, is an efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable way to provide water for Texas. 

    Texas A&M Forest Service actively works with natural resource professionals, landowners, and contractors across the state to implement BMPs and practice land stewardship. 


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    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

     
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