Tax Appraisal for Landowners: the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Non-game and Rare Species Program has guidelines  to develop ‘native pollinator management plans’. These differ from bee-keeping guidelines for honeybees. We encourage landowners to contact TPWD biologists or USDA-NRCS  providers regarding wildlife management plans; and their county’s Central Appraisal District office regarding tax reduction. Property owners may qualify for agricultural tax appraisal based on wildlife management if they implement 3 of 7 practices described in the 1-D-1 (Open-Space) form to help sustain populations of wild animals, such as pollinators:

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

Landowners who choose to do population censuses are encouraged to adopt these standardized guidelines, which the Jha lab created to facilitate surveys. Below, we supply: 1. Pollinator survey instructions, 2. Data sheets, and 3. ID guide. We can also analyze survey results to visualize trends that gauge management success, which can be a valuable component of annual reports required by tax appraisers, if the data are mailed (below), uploaded to our online Pollinator Survey or emailed to:

  1. Pollinator Habitat Conservation Surveys.pdf (3 pp. double-sided)
  2. Survey Data Sheets.pdf (4 pp. double-sided)
  3. Texas Bee ID Guide.pdf (4 pp. double-sided, short edge bind)

For more on pollinators & tax valuation:


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

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