Native Pollinators and Private Lands
Pollination is a critical ecosystem service that helps to maintain the ecological integrity of native plant communities and ensures the production of U.S. agricultural crops valued in the billions of dollars annually. Interest in conservation of native pollinators has grown rapidly over the last few years as several species have experienced dramatic population declines.
As more than 94% of Texas lands are privately owned, effective native pollinator conservation will require private landowner engagement and involvement. Landowners can play a significant role in conserving and maintaining populations of native pollinators by applying management practices that benefit these species. However, large-scale conservation is often cost-prohibitive without financial incentive. One such incentive, available to landowners who currently manage land qualified under the 1-D-1 Agricultural Tax Valuation, is Agricultural Tax Appraisal Based on Wildlife Management Use.
The Nongame and Rare Species Program has crafted a native pollinator management guidelines landowners can use to develop their wildlife management plan for wildlife tax valuation. To learn more about these guidelines and native pollinators in Texas, visit the links below.
Native Pollinator Management and Wildlife Tax Valuation
- Management Recommendations for Native Insect Pollinators in Texas PDF
- Introduction to Agricultural Tax Appraisal Based on Wildlife Management
Understanding Native Bees
- Targeting Effective and Efficient Pollinators
- Social vs. Solitary Bees
- Bumble Bees
- Native Bee Needs
- Native Bee Identification
- Bees and Wasps of Texas (iNaturalist)
- Bumble Bee Watch
- Identification of Milkweeds (Asclepias, Family Apocynaceae) in Texas PDF
- Monarch Larval Monitoring Project
- Monarch Watch
- Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs (iNaturalist)