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“The growing ranks of property owners in the Texas Hill Country now have a new tool to help them manage their land well.

In the Hill Country Landowner’s Guide, author Jim Stanley charts a practical course for the understanding and handling a variety of problems landowner’s will confront: brush control, grazing, overpopulation of deer, erosion, fire, and exotic animals and plants.  He also explains why and how to encourage the growth of native grasses and woody plants, the presence of songbirds and other native wildlife, and the health of trees and conservation of water.

Ashe juniper (cedar) and deer are dominant species in this region, so their habits and control get full coverage.  Because people often want to raise cows, goats, or other livestock, the topic of overgrazing also receives detailed attention. The book provides specific action plans, helpful lists of Hill Country trees and browse plants, a bibliography by subject, a glossary, and a section of other contacts and resources.

Filled with advice, that landowners can easily absorb and implement, this book conveys basic knowledge the author has gained from experience and experts during his years in the Hill Country. Both new and established landowners will want to add this book to their libraries of nature-related and land management references.”

                              --Texas A & M University Press

The book is available from Texas A & M Press, www.tamupress.com, Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore, http://agrilifebookstore.org, and www.Amazon.com,  as well as most local bookstores.

Click here to see the Table of Contents

Click here to read the First Chapter.




“There are many good books that are useful in helping understand appropriate stewardship of natural resources in the Texas Hill Country.  Only a handful though, fit into the category of being truly great.  Jim Stanley’s book is one of those. Everyone who owns land, manages land—or dreams of doing either—anywhere, should have Stanley’s book for reference and pleasurable reading.

--David K. Langford, vice president emeritus, Texas Wildlife Association









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