Species Requiring Conservation Aid in the State of Texas

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Matthew Moten holds a PhD in history from Rice University and is the author of Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command War. A former colonel who served with the U.S. Army for more than three decades, Matthew Moten now owns the T-O Ranch in Burnet County, Texas. His passion for responsible land stewardship has inspired an interest in wildlife conservation.

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Species Requiring Conservation Aid in the State of Texas

  1. 1. SPECIES REQUIRING CONSERVATION AID IN THE STATE OF TEXAS Matthew Moten
  2. 2. Introduction  Matthew Moten holds a PhD in history from Rice University and is the author of Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command War. A former colonel who served with the U.S. Army for more than three decades, Matthew Moten now owns the T-O Ranch in Burnet County, Texas. His passion for responsible land stewardship has inspired an interest in wildlife conservation. The Texas Wildlife Diversity Program developed the Texas Conservation Action Plan to guide nature research, restoration, and management projects across the state. The plan includes a section titled Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
  3. 3. Texas Wildlife Diversity Program  Each species on the list, which includes plants and animals found in Texas and further afield, is provided two rankings based on rarity: one for its global status, and another for its state-wide status. The species is designed a number from 1 to 5, with 1 denoting “critically imperiled” and 5 signifying “secure.” Some of the most endangered animal species in the state of Texas are the western and southern yellow bat, the mining bee, and the Aplomado falcon. Rare plant species include the earth fruit, the golden-spine prickly pear, and a variety of cacti.

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