Landowners in the Big Bend region play a crucial role in protecting the region’s unique cultural heritage and natural resources. Below are resources and information for landowners and land managers.

BBCA has created several modules to allow landowners and the general public to better understand easements, landowner rights, legal issues, economic, and business issues associated with easements. Click below to access the topics:

- Easement Agreements -

- Economics of Compensation -

- Eminent Domain -

- Typical Easement Agreements -

- Images of Pipeline Construction



When negotiating a surface use agreement, landowners can stipulate land protections and conservation practices. Click here to access the Best Practices in Land Conservation When Negotiating a Surface Use Agreement.

USDA’s publication on Petroleum Production on Agricultural Lands in Texas has information on oil production basics, legal issues, and sample agreements.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has published the Owning Your Piece of Texas: Key Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet has a great blog and podcast on legal issues impacting Texas landowners at the Texas Agriculture Law Blog.

Conservation easements can be a good way to protect land from fragmentation and estate planning. The Texas Agricultural Land Trust has information on conservation easements on their website and this Introduction to Conservation Easements.

The Landowner’s Bill of Rights is prepared by the Texas Attorney General and helps landowners understand their rights to any attempt by the government or a private entity to take your property.


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