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Certified Forest Steward Award
Texas landowners have an opportunity to brag about the good things they are doing on their property. The Texas Forest Stewardship Program recognizes good stewards of the land with the Certified Forest Steward award.
This award is presented to any Texas landowner that meets the qualifying requirements of owning at least 10 acres, having a written Stewardship plan, and implementing aspects of that plan. It comes in the form of a metal sign for your property and a certificate signed by the State Forester. There are no timelines or deadlines to meet to receive this award and nominations can be made by anyone.
This award is available through the Forest Stewardship Program which is a partnership between Texas A&M Forest Service and USDA Forest Service--State and Private Forestry. The Forest Stewardship Program is beneficial to all Texas landowners, regardless of where their property might be located. The program stresses written objectives and recommendations tailored to be site specific, and is based on each individual landowner’s goals.
Foresters with the Texas A&M Forest Service or other natural resource professionals will help develop a Stewardship plan for your property, a 10-year course of action, outlining step-by-step measures to keep your land productive now and in the future. Other benefits may result from these recommendations, such as cleaner air and water, healthy populations of fish and wildlife, quality outdoor recreation, and profitable forest products.
Many landowners are already practicing good stewardship on their land. A few examples of this are using voluntary Best Management Practices, reforestation, and installing food plots.
The Forest Stewardship Program is here for you, whether you’re working on increasing the productivity of your land or improving your conservation efforts. Together, we can move toward a brighter future with thriving forest lands and healthy economic rewards.
Lone Star Land Steward Award
The Lone Star Land Steward Awards program recognized and honors private landowners for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation. The program is designed to educate landowners and the public and to encourage participation in habitat conservation. Any landowner may be nominated; however, award recipients are selected by a review panel. Winners receive an invitation to the annual awards reception hosted primarily by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Some of the past Lone Star Land Steward Award winners are also Certified Forest Stewards, and becoming a Certified Forest Steward can be a step for landowners on the way to becoming further recognized as a Lone Star Land Steward.