Local, State & Federal Offices Agency Responsibilities
|Gillespie Co. Soil & Water Conservation District (GC SWCD) 1906 N. Llano St., #106, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3349 ext. 3 phone (http://www.gillespiecountyswcd.org)||M, Tue, Th, F; 8:30-12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Sponsors educational agricultural events with NRCS, TX AgriLIFE Extension, etc. Hosts web page and writes two newsletters a year. Works with NRCS, Gillespie Co. WCID & Gillespie Prescribed Burn Association. Conservation awards, Seed sales, Equipment rentals, Fish sales, Contractors Lists.|
|Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) 1906 N. Llano, #106, Fredericksburg TX 78624 (830)-997-3349 ext. 3; (http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/) SWCD district manager is out Tuesdays, call to be sure someone is here before coming that day.||M – F; 8:00-12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30. Technical help and consultation for soil, water, & other natural resource conservation and management efforts. A source for info on federal cost shared agricultural programs. Answers to questions about soil erosion, plant identification, planting grass, animal stocking rates, weed & brush control.|
|Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service, Gillespie County 95 Frederick Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3452 phone (http://texasextension.tamu.edu/
Gillespie Co. Extension Agent is Decky Spiller.
|Educational programs, publications, and staff well versed in agriculture and natural resources issues. Help with rangelands and wildlife management. Info on Gillespie County trappers, pesticide licenses, insect ID, plant ID, 4-H, FFA, youth stock shows, hay show, raising livestock, killing bees, growing peaches, pecans, grapes, etc. Soil test kits. Meeting room available for educational classes or meetings|
|Farm Services Agency (USDA FSA) 1906 North Llano, #107, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3453 ext. 2, (http://www.fsa.usda.gov/)||Administers cost-share, commodity, conservation reserve, and farm loan programs.|
|Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Austin, Texas (512) 463-7476 (http://www.agr.state.tx.us/)||Provides agribusiness marketing assistance, regulates sale, use, & disposal of pesticides. Regulates weighing and measuring devices for agribusiness commercial transactions.|
|Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) (http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/) Region #13 – San Antonio Office for Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall, Bandera Counties, (210) 490-3096 Region #11 – Austin Office for Llano, Blanco, Hays Counties, (512) 339-2929 Region #8 – San Angelo Office for Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, or Menard Counties, (325) 655-9479||Environmental regulatory agency. Implements federal and state laws, permits, and assessments relating to air quality, water resources, and waste management.
Permits wells for public water supply.
Call your regional TCEQ office before you conduct a prescribed burn.
|Recycling Center for Fredericksburg, TX 302 East Ufer Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-5157||Mon, Tues.,Wed, Fri from 7:30am – 5:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00noon. Closed Sunday and Thursday. Takes sorted newspaper, cardboard, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic.|
|Texas AgriLife Research 113 Jack K. Williams Administration Building 2142 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-8486 Phone (979) 458-4765 Fax (http://agriliferesearch.tamu.edu/)||Conducts research, develops new technology, and provides information that supports agriculture & natural resources.|
|Texas Forest Service, 102 E. San Antonio St., #A, (street address) P.O. Box 1032, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-5426; (http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/)||Leadership and technical assistance for forests, trees, and related resources such as tree improvement, pest management, wildfires, prescribed burning, etc.|
|Texas Natural Resources Information System Austin, Texas (512) 463-8337||Part of Texas Water Development Board. Distribution center for US Geological Survey maps. Serves as clearinghouse for digital, spatial, & natural resource data.|
|Texas Parks & Wildlife 340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-2032, (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/)||Administers state fish and wildlife laws. Provides fisheries and wildlife management technical support. Staffs law enforcement, state parks, and wildlife management areas. Issues permits for grass carp.|
|Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board, Temple, Texas (254) 773-2250 (http://www.tsswcb.state.tx.us/)||Coordinates programs of the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, water quality, management, and conservation systems planning|
|Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab College Station, Texas (979) 845-3414 (http://tvmdl.tamu.edu/)||Responsible for information about animal diseases. Performs diagnostic testing services|
|Texas Water Development Board P. O. Box 13231, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas, 78711-3231 (512) 463-7847 (http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/)||Statewide water planning and administration of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.|
|USDA Rural Development 1906 N Llano St, #102, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8902, Covers Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, and Menard Counties. (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tx/)||USDA helps rural communities meet basic needs by: Building water and wastewater systems, Financing decent, affordable housing, Supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives, and Supporting community development with information and technical assistance.|
|U.S. Geological Survey (http://www.usgs.gov/). National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office (Liaison for: TX) U.S. Geological Survey, 8027 Exchange Drive Austin, TX 78754, Phone: (512) 927-3583||For topographical and aerial maps that can be downloaded or ordered already printed. On the website, go to the maps, imagery and publications page.|
|Web Soil Survey, (http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/)||Powered on the internet by NRCS, helps you access and use soil data for your local area, soil surveys are sorted by state and county|
|USDA Wildlife Services & TX A&M Wildlife Damage Management Service State Office in San Antonio – (210) 472-5451
District Office at 409 Mill Run, Suite 1, Kerrville, TX 78028. Phone: 830-896-6535
|A joint program of USDA & TX A&M University that provides assistance for managing nuisance wildlife & damage control. Help with trapping feral hogs.|