Small-scale Restoration Principles for Working Landowners

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Small-scale Restoration Principles for Working Landowners, Doug Jobes (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), February 17, 2022.

Prairie restorations come in all sizes, but techniques and approaches differ depending upon the scale of the project. Small-scale restorations are becoming increasingly important, especially for birds and pollinators, as our area of Texas becomes more fragmented and gentrified. Doug Jobes, who many of us know via his work with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, is exactly positioned to educate us on small-scale restorations. This presentation is especially intended for landowners who want to design and execute restorations themselves on small acreage. The principles and approaches differ from those intended for large restorations. There is no ‘cookie cutter’ recipe based upon institutional knowledge derived from large-scale applications here. Rather, Doug will walk us through the steps in creating the restoration you want on your piece of property. 

Doug Jobes is Assistant Director for the Coastal Prairies Native Seed Project at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Doug moved to Texas in 2012 to begin working for TPWD as a Wildlife Biologist in the Oak Prairie District. It was here that he began working with landowners on various habitat management practices including native habitat restoration. A great amount of time was spent with private landowner groups and other interested stakeholders. An appreciation for native plants, their foundation in wildlife conservation, and a growing interest from those in the region led him to pursue a career in the applied research field associated with Texas Native Seeds. Doug served three years in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Afterwards he attended the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources at The University of Georgia, where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Resources Management. He attended Oklahoma State University for his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management. He currently lives in Victoria.