Pastures for Upland Birds Program (PUB)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Anderson County, Bandera County, Bastrop County, Bell County, Bexar County Show all

Location of residency: Texas

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The Pastures for Upland Birds Program (PUB) provides cost-share incentives and technical guidance to private landowners to restore native grass and forb vegetation on pastures and hayfields dominated by exotic grasses such as Bermudagrass, bahiagrass, and Old World bluestems. Funding for this TPWD Program is made possible, in part through a cooperative agreement with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. All projects approved for funding are thereby subject to the terms and conditions of that Agreement.

PUB promotes grassland bird conservation on private lands by restoring native prairie vegetation on exotic grass pastures and hayfields. Native prairie vegetation established through PUB will increase biological diversity and provide habitat for resident, breeding, migrating, and wintering bird populations. Under proper management, native grass-forb pastures and hayfields can also provide nutritious livestock forage.

exas Parks and Wildlife Department will provide herbicides, native grass and forb seed mixtures, technical guidance, and a no-till seeder (as available). The participating landowner will provide labor associated with any pretreatments (grazing, prescribed burning, etc.), herbiciding, native plant seeding, or any supplemental treatments identified by the project plan.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • How Landowners Participate:
    • Contact your local local TPWD biologist or USFWS biologist to set up a site evaluation.
    • Schedule and conduct a site visit of your property with the local TPWD biologist.
    • Work with the biologist to prepare a project proposal.
    • Submit the plan to TPWD for approval.
    • Implement approved plan.
    • Monitor progress of prairie vegetation restoration.
  • PUB will service a focal area in east-central Texas coinciding with portions of Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah focus area map