Land Management Assistance Program

The Land Management Assistance Program is one of our chapter’s most important contributions to our ten-county region.

The Land Management Assistance Program (LMAP) is a special program through which we offer free assistance to property owners in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba Counties.


“My goal is to help small landowners enjoy their property and to also help them be good stewards of their land.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim Stanley


Jim Stanley teaching group

Jim Stanley hones volunteers’ identification skills.

Our well-trained Texas Master Naturalist volunteers visit your property to discuss your goals, plans, and concerns. We will identify potential land use issues and talk about possible solutions; help you survey trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses; and explain good stewardship practices that may apply to your land.


doe and fawn

More than two million white-tailed deer live in the Texas Hill Country – more than 50% of the state’s deer population.

After the visit our LMAP team sends a written report along with a list of experts who can provide additional information and assistance.

Jim created the program in 2005 and the teams have visited 377 properties totaling more than 32,000 acres.

We encourage you to ask about our LMAP. Submit the contact form or call Jim Stanley at 830-257-2094.



HCLG coverHill Country Landowner’s Guide, authored by chapter member Jim Stanley, charts a practical course for understanding and handling a variety of problems that both new and established landowners in the Texas Hill Country will confront – from brush control, grazing, and deer overpopulation to erosion, fire, and exotic species management.

Texas landowners cover A Beginner’s Handbook for Rural Texas Landowners: How to Live in the Country without Spoiling it discusses most issues facing rural landowners and why it is so important that rural land in Texas be well-managed, native flora and fauna be protected, and good land management.


HC ecology cover

Hill Country Ecology: Essays on Plants, Animals, Water, and Land Management The Texas Hill Country is a special place. This book describes the Hill Country ecology for current, as well as for new and prospective, residents. It seeks to teach readers about the Hill Country, including the native habitat, the land, the water, the plants, the animals, the people, and the myriad interactions among them. It is a series of brief, easy-to-read essays that have originally appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times under Jim Stanley’s weekly column, “Hill Country Naturalist”, for the past seven years.

Professionals, agencies, and organizations who assist Hill Country landowners.  LMAP Experts Contact List

Learn more about the Hill Country on Jim Stanley’s site


Submit the Contact Form

Request an LMAP visit

A free volunteer consultation service for landowners provided by the Texas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter. Please contact us to learn how we can help you.
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