Since 1995 managing for native Texas wildlife has been an accepted Agricultural use in Texas. Designed to allow the good folks out there in production to have a slightly easier time of things, it has grown to be a very popular Ag use. There are many misconceptions from how many acres are required to can I still build a bonfire on my property, and a multitude of other more common misunderstandings about the valuable program. This short presentation will answer many of those questions and provide enough of an understanding of Wildlife Exemption or Valuation for any landowner to be able to make and educated decision about whether Wildlife Management is right for them and their property.
Private Land Stewardship (PLS) lessons are a series of free-to-access online courses which present wildlife and natural resource conservation topics in a fresh and engaging way. There are now over 15 lessons ranging from biology and ecology (as in “Anatomy of a Quail” and “Learn About the Western Chicken Turtle”) to landowner How-Tos (“How to Find Natural Resource Professionals in Texas” and “Learn How to Construct Wildlife Ramps”) and overviews of major conservation challenges (“Texas Bats and the Growing Threat” of white-nose syndrome). Each lesson features elements of self‐guided learning, interactivity, links to resources for more information, and a simple quiz to gauge understanding of key concepts. We will demonstrate how these lessons can be used not only as a new form of distance education, but also as a means of increasing the reach and impact of some of our most important face-to-face programs.