Landowners & Naturalists

Tax Valuations: The TPWD Non-game and Rare Species Program has native pollinator management guidelines to develop a plan required for tax valuations. These differ from bee-keeping guidelines for honeybees. We encourage landowners to contact TPWD biologists or NRCS providers with experience in wildlife management plans and the county’s Central Appraisal District office. Land appraised for agriculture may qualify for wildlife management if landowners implement 3 of 7 practices from the 1-D-1 form:

  • Provide shelter, water, or food
  • Control habitat, erosion, or predators
  • Do population censuses

Landowners who choose to do population censuses are encouraged to adopt the standardized guidelines we created to facilitate surveys. Here, we supply pollinator survey instructions, data sheets, and guides. We can analyze data to visualize trends that gauge management success, which can be a valuable component of annual reports required by tax appraisers, if data are mailed (below), uploaded to our online Pollinator Survey or emailed to:

Pollinator Habitat Conservation & Surveys.pdf (3 pp. double-sided)

Survey Datasheets.pdf (4 pp. double-sided)

Texas Bee ID Guide.pdf (4 pp. double-sided, short edge bind)

For more on tax valuation and pollinators:

TPWD FAQ and Comptroller.Texas.Gov

TPWD Management of native insect pollinators


Naturalists, Citizen Scientists, and Educators can download these leaflets for use in the field or classroom

Pollinator Habitat Conservation.pdf

Pollinator Habitat Surveys.pdf

Leaflet-layout.pdf   photos Laurel Treviño
Laurel Treviño, Outreach Program Coordinator                                                                                                                The University of Texas at Austin
College of Natural Sciences
1 University Station G2500
Austin, TX 78712