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  • Texas Forest Action Plan

    A comprehensive strategic plan to address forest-related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities as identified in Texas A&M Forest Service September 2008 Texas Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources

    July 2012 (update of June 2010 edition)

  • Texas Forest Action Plan A comprehensive strategic plan to address forest-related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities as identified in the September 2008 Texas Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources July 2012 (update of June 2010 edition) Produced by

    Texas A&M Forest Service 200 Technology Way, Suite 1281 College Station, TX 77802-7896 (979) 458-6630

    Acknowledgements & Contributors:

    This document was produced with contributions from many program leaders of the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS). Jan Davis compiled the document. Contributors to the Issues and Programs included Brad Barber, Ron Billings, Burl Carraway, Jan Davis, Don Galloway, John Giedraitis, Bill Oates, Yanshu Li, Jim Rooni, Hughes Simpson, Pete Smith, Tom Spencer and Curtis VanderSchaaf. In addition to Texas A&M Forest Service leaders, members of the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) and US Forest Service (USFS) R8 provided valuable guidance and suggestions on the development of this Forest Action Plan. Photos provided by Ron Billings and other TFS staff.

    In all its programs and activities, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M Forest Service prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.

    Abbreviations Used:

    ADCP Arbor Day Poster Contest AgriLife Texas AgriLife Extension Service AON Assessment of Need BMP Best Management Practices CCX Chicago Climate Exchange CFAA Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act CFLA County Forest Landowners Association CTCP Central Texas Conservation Partnership CWPP Community Wildfire Protection Plan DOE Department of Energy EOC Emergency Operations Center EPA Environmental Protection Agency FDD Fire Department Directory FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency FEPP Federal Excess Personal Property FIA Forest Inventory Analysis FLP Forest Legacy Program FMAG Fire Management Assistance Grant FPM Forest Pest Management FPMC Forest Pest Management Cooperative FRP Forest Resource Protection FSP Forest Stewardship Program FTE Full Time Equivalent GIS Geographic Information System GLO Texas General Land Office HARC Houston Advanced Research Center ICS Incident Command System IMT Incident Management Team ISA International Society of Arboriculture MOU Memorandum of Understanding NADF National Arbor Day Foundation NASF National Association of State Foresters NFIRS National Fire Incident Reporting System NGO Non-Government Organization NIMS National Incident Management System NIPF Non Industrial Private Landowner NPS National Park Service NRCE Natural Resource Conservation Education NRCS Natural Resource Conservation Service NWCG National Wildfire Coordinating Group PLT Project Learning Tree PMAS Performance Measurement & Accountability System PSF Permanent School Fund PTAD Property Tax Assistance Division RAWS Remote Automated Weather Station REIT Real Estate Investment Trust

    RIMT Regional Incident Management Team RVFDA Rural Volunteer Fire Dept. Assistance Program S&PF State & Private Forestry SAF Society of American Foresters SAP Spatial Analysis Project SFASU Stephen F. Austin State University SFLA Southern Forest Land Assessment SFMO State Fire Marshal’s Office SGSF Southern Group of State Foresters SMZ Streamside Management Zone SPB Southern Pine Beetle SRS Southern Research Station SSCC State Stewardship Coordinating Committee SWFRA Southern Wildland Fire Risk Assessment TAES Texas AgriLife Extension Service TAMU Texas A&M University TAMUS The Texas A&M University System TCEQ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality TDA Texas Department of Agriculture TDEM Texas Division of Emergency Management TexFARS Texas Forest Accomplishment Reporting System TFA Texas Forestry Association TFS Texas A&M Forest Service TICC Texas Interagency Coordination Center TIFMAS Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System TIMO Timber Investment Management Organization TIPPC Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council TISCC Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee TPWD Texas Parks & Wildlife Department TRNN Texas Regional Response Network TSSWCB Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board TWAP Texas Wildlife Action Plan TWDB Texas Water Development Board TWPP Texas Wildfire Protection Plan TXFIRS Texas Fire Incident Reporting System U&CF Urban and Community Forestry UFORE Urban Forest Effects USDA US Department of Agriculture USFS US Forest Service USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Services UWI Urban Wildland Interface UWISTM Urban Wildland Interface Stewardship Training

    Modules VFA Volunteer Fire Assistance VFD Volunteer Fire Department WGFTIP Western Gulf Forest Tree Improvement Program

  • Texas Forest Action Plan

    Contents i

    Texas Forest Action Plan

    A comprehensive strategic plan to address forest-related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities identified in the September 2008 Texas

    Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources

    July 2012

    CONTENTS

    Statement from Director .................................................................................................... iii Executive Summary ........................................................................................................... iv Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 1 Strategic Issues Section ....................................................................................................... 3 Issue 1: Urban Forest Sustainability ...................................................................... 4 Issue 2: Central Texas Woodlands Conservation ................................................... 8 Issue 3: Sustainability of Forest Resources in East Texas ..................................... 12 Issue 4: Water Resources ....................................................................................... 16 Issue 5: Wildfire and Public Safety ........................................................................ 20 Texas A&M Forest Service Programs Section ............................................................... 31 East Texas Program Delivery .................................................................................. 32 West Texas Program Delivery & West Texas Nursery ........................................... 35 Tree Improvement Program & Western Gulf Cooperative ...................................... 38 Sustainable Forestry Programs ................................................................................. 40 Forest Inventory & Analysis ........................................................................ 40 Ecosystem Services ...................................................................................... 42 Water Resources........................................................................................... 44 Forest Taxation ............................................................................................ 47 Forest Economics & Resource Analysis ...................................................... 50 Urban Forestry & Community Forestry Programs................................................... 53 Forest Health Program & Forest Pest Management Cooperative ............................ 55 Stewardship Programs .............................................................................................. 61 Rural Forestry Assistance and Forest Stewardship Program ....................... 61 Forest Legacy Program ................................................................................ 68 Conservation Education and Outreach ......................................................... 75 State Lands Management ............................................................................. 77 Wildfire & Public Safety .......................................................................................... 80 Predictive Services ....................................................................................... 80 Mitigation & Prevention .............................................................................. 83 Planning & Preparedness ............................................................................. 88 Local Capacity Building .............................................................................. 93

  • Texas Forest Action Plan

    ii Contents

    Incident Response ........................................................................................ 97 Law Enforcement ..................................................................................................... 102 Multi-State Projects, Programs, and Initiatives.............................................................. 104 Needed Resources ............................................................................................................... 106 Agency & Organizational Roles Matrix Correlation to Programs & Priorities .......................................................... 106 Process Overview & Coordination with Other Agencies ............