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Federal & State Conservation Programs Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, on the coast, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you. We'll also help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both the federal government and the state of texas have a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

Department of Interior - Bureau of Land Management Department of Interior - Bureau of Land Management
Emergency Stabilization - Burned Area Rehabiliation

Department of Interior - National Park Service Department of Interior - National Park Service

Education Programs Education Programs
America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative
American Hiking Society
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Artist Boat
Bay Day Festival
Boater Waste Education Campaign
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Brazoria County Master Gardeners
Celebrate Urban Birds
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Cibolo Conservancy
Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils Inc.
Conservation Finance Network
Continuing Forestry Education Group
Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
Earth Force, Inc.
EElinked Networks
Environmentally Friendly Drilling
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Fire Research And Management Exchange System
Fire Science Degree Programs
Fire Science Online
Firewise USA
Food Tank
Forestry Education and Careers
Fort Bend County Master Gardeners
Forth Worth Forestry Section
Galveston Bay Ambassador Program
Galveston Bay Drive & Discover
Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Garden for Wildlife
Get Hip to Habitat
Gorgas Science Foundation
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Guy Glosson
Holistic Management International
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Images for Conservation Fund
Innovative Water Technologies
Keep Texas Beautiful
McCall Outdoor Science School
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center
National NEMO Network
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
National Wildland Fire Training
No-till on the Plains
North American Association for Environmental Education
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Pollinator Partnership
Prescribed Burn Alliance of Texas: Prescribed Fire Portal
Project Learning Tree - National
Project WET Foundation
Project WILD
Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network
Rainwater Harvesting - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Ranch Management Consultants, Inc.
Ready, Set, Go!
Rock Art Foundation
Rural Women's Project
Save Water Texas
Shane Romain
South Texans’ Property Rights Association
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
Southern Fire Exchange
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development
Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Texas Brigades
Texas FFA Foundation
Texas Master Gardener Program
Texas Nature Challenge
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Texas Oak Wilt Partnership
Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency (AWE)
Texas SARE
Texas State Envirothon
Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas Wildlife Association Foundation
The Longleaf Alliance
The National Agricultural Law Center
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
TreeFolks, Inc.
Trinity River Audubon Center
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
U.S. Green Building Council - Gulf Coast Region
Urban Ecology Center
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
Wild Ones
Women Owning Woodlands
Women, Food & Agriculture Network

State Funding / Technical Resources State Funding / Technical Resources
Agricultural Loan Guarantee Program - Texas
Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
Economic Development Program
Ecosystem Service Management
Edwards Aquifer Protection Program
Endangered Species and the Economy Program
Forest Stewardship Program - Texas
GO TEXAN Partner Program
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Innovative Water Technologies
Interest Rate Reduction Program - Texas
Landowner Incentive Program
Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan
LIP Conserving Texas Rivers Funding Series
LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
Nongame and Rare Species Program
Pastures For Upland Birds - Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie Wildlife Management
Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative
Rainwater Harvesting - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Restore the Texas Coast
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Fort Stockton
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center Uvalde
Texas A&M AgriLife Research San Angelo
Texas A&M AgriLife Water Education Network
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
Texas Agriculture Law Blog
Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC)
Texas Coastal Wetlands
Texas Conservation Action Plan
Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)
Texas Equine Incentive Program
Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program
Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program
Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP)
Texas Private Lands and Habitat Program
Texas Ranch Wildfire Program
Texas Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost Share Program
Texas Superstar®
Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas Wildlife Diversity Program
Texas Youth Hunting Program
UNT Quail
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program
Young Farmer Grant Program
Young Farmer Interest Rate Reduction Program

USDA - NRCS Programs USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
East Texas Plant Materials Center
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP Organic Initiative
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Gulf of Mexico Initiative - Texas
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
James E. 'Bud' Smith Plant Materials Center
Kika de la Garza Plant Materials Center
Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative- Texas
Longleaf Pine Initiative
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
National Grazing Lands Coalition
National Water Quality Initiative
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative
Platte River Ag Services, Inc.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Small scale solutions for your farm
Texas Conservation Stewardship Program
Texas Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Texas Grassland Reserve Program
Texas Longleaf Pine Initiative
Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
USDA StrikeForce Initiative in Texas
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
Working Lands for Wildlife

Federal & State Conservation Programs Conservation Districts
Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts What are Conservation Districts?

"The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" was the warning issued in 1937 by President Roosevelt when he signed legislation authorizing the creation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. At that time, the nation was facing a monumental task of protecting our soil and water from the ravages of improper use that resulted in the "Dust Bowl" era. The Federal Government realized it could only solve the problem through strong local involvement and participation. Local people had to be a major part of the solution, which is why Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed.

By contacting the directors of the soil and water conservation district, a farmer or rancher can get assistance on all phases of conservation.

A wheat farmer on the High Plains can get help in solving a specific wind erosion problem. A rancher can get information on how to manage grasses on his rangeland. A woodland owner can get help to develop a management and conservation plan on timberland, and a vegetable grower in the Rio Grande Valley finds no problem in getting up-to-date information on irrigation. At the same time, a cotton farmer in Central Texas can solve specific erosion problems with current information supplied through an SWCD.

Today, our nation is facing another monumental task: Controlling "polluted runoff", otherwise known as Non-Point Source Pollution. As it was in the 1930’s, the solution is local involvement. Districts are subdivisions of state government run by locally elected and appointed volunteers who work to solve local natural resource problems. It is community involvement and the voluntary approach that makes Soil and Water Conservation Districts so effective. Working in a unique cooperative partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, which provides strong technical expertise, and state and local partners, Soil and Water Conservation Districts reach out to all local stakeholders in the community to determine priorities and set a course of action to solve natural resource problems. Districts provide local conservation leadership, teach the value of natural resources, encourage conservation efforts and help plan and implement voluntary programs. Each District program is different and unique to the area that it serves, because the programs are developed by local people to solve local problems.

Benefits of District Programs

  • Help solve statewide problems by providing local solutions to many local natural resource problems (one size does not fit all)
  • Develop local leadership
  • Provide local hands-on training on natural resource issues
  • Teach the value of natural resources directly to local people
  • Provide voluntary technical assistance to landusers
  • Technical assistance and education help prevent and reduce polluted runoff (non-point source pollution)
  • Technical assistance helps protect drinking water supplies
  • Technical assistance helps landowners to better manage their forests
  • Programs bring in outside money (federal) that is spent locally

Federal & State Conservation Programs Texas AgriLife Extension Service
TTexas AgriLife Extension Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.

With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices, 616 Extension agents, and 343 subject-matter specialists, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county. But Extension specialists are well-aware that a program offered in Dallas might not be relevant in the Rio Grande Valley. AgriLife Extension custom-designs its programs to different areas of the state, significantly depending on residents for input and program delivery.

The mission of AgriLife Extension is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. Carrying out this mission, however, is a massive undertaking.one that requires the commitment of each and every one of the agency's 1,900 employees. Through the programs these employees provide, Texans are better prepared to:
  • Eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
  • Efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
  • Improve stewardship of the environment and of the state's natural resources.
Today's AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Texans turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.

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