About

Natural Resources Solutions, LC is a consulting firm that specializes in finding practical and innovative solutions to both regulatory and non-regulatory natural resource and environmental issues. Based in Austin, Texas, the NRS team takes a results-oriented approach to natural resource management. With one hundred years of combined experience, NRS has been involved in cultivating solutions for an array of issues and interested parties.

The success of NRS can be largely attributed to the firm’s distinctive ability to bring together private landowners, research universities, stakeholder groups, and state and local agencies of government, and other groups. This skill is enhanced by our unique capacity to identify common goals among a diverse group of parties while maintaining flexibility and diversity in our approach to better serve our clients.

Recent examples of this include the firm’s involvement in the development of the Texas Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, the Partnership for Sentinel Landscapes, and the Market-Based Conservation Program in North Carolina.

Learn more about each of these on our Projects page.

To learn the history of how our firm came together, History page.

Team Members

Katharine Armstrong

Katharine Armstrong

President
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Katharine Armstrong is a fifth-generation Texan raised on her family’s South Texas cattle ranch. She was appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Commission in 1999, and in 2001, became the first woman to lead the Commission as its Chairman. Armstrong is president of Taking Care of Texas, a statewide conservation awareness initiative and is co-chairman of the South Texas Native Plant Restoration Project at Texas A&M Kingsville. Armstrong also serves as chairman of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and is a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association.

Steve Manning

Steve Manning

Principal
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Steve Manning, a founding member of TWMF, is a fifth generation member of the ranching community in Coryell County, Texas, as well as a third generation member of the Central Texas Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Manning grew up ranching and working cattle alongside his father and grandfather. This inherited love for agriculture and ranching drive Mr. Manning to find workable solutions for complex issues involving endangered species, conservation, private property rights and federal regulations. Mr. Manning has been involved with federal, state and local economic development organizations and continues to interact with public/private leaders in activities involving conservation and property rights. He has been involved in the establishment and implementation of the Leon River Restoration Project, the Fort Hood (TX) Offsite Conservation Program and the Fort Hood (TX) Recovery Credit System. Mr. Manning has been recognized on both the state and national level as a leader in natural resource management and land conservation. This recognition motivated Mr. Manning to establish his own consulting firm, Manning Squared, with his wife and partner, Carla. Manning Squared is NRS’s preferred partner on most projects. Mr. Manning resides in Gatesville with his wife Carla and they have one daughter.

Carla Manning

Carla Manning

Financial Officer
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Carla Manning and her husband have a cow/calf operation in Coryell and Bell Counties. Mrs. Manning is the co-owner of Manning Squared LLC, a consulting company that finds workable solutions for complex issues involving endangered species, conservation, private property rights and federal regulations. Mrs. Manning has a strong banking and insurance background which is the foundation for her organization skills. Mrs. Manning worked closely in the development of the Leon River Restoration Project, the Fort Hood (TX) Offsite Conservation Program and the Fort Hood (TX) Recovery Credit System. In April 2001, she was recognized by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as a member of the Lone Star Legends Cowbird Trapping Team.

Ben Love

Ben Love

General Counsel
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A fourth-generation cattleman from Marathon, Texas, Ben Love practices law, specializing in real estate, oil and gas, agricultural, and natural resource law. Mr. Love has been a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser's Association director since 1977, and is a long-time director of the Texas Wildlife Association. He has authored numerous articles concerning environmental regulation and property rights.

Alex Manning

Alex Manning

Vice President, Policy Analyst
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Alexandra Manning, a ninth generation Texan, was raised in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas where she inherited her passion for agriculture and conservation from her ranching family. Ms. Manning is the Vice President and Policy Analyst for Natural Resources Solutions. She also provides technical support to the Interagency Task Force for Economic Growth and Endangered Species and monitors the species currently under review by the US Fish and Wildlife Services for potential protection under the Endangered Species Act. Her work with NRS has included essential contributions to the Texas Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, the Fort Hood Recovery Credit System and development of a conservation strategy for the American Burying Beetle and the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Ms. Manning holds a Master of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration from Texas State University as well as a Bachelor of Science is Agricultural Journalism with a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University.

Curtis Hodge

Curtis Hodges, Jr.

Wildlife Biologist
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Curtis Hodges, Jr., a sixth generation Texan was born and raised in Gatesville, Coryell County Texas where he spent much of his time outdoors. His love of hunting, fishing and exploring helped shape his interest in conservation. He received a Bachelor of Sciences in Wildlife and Fisheries from Texas A&M University. Mr.Hodges currently holds a license from Texas Department of Agriculture as a Commercially Licensed and Insured Prescribed Burn Manager. In addition to his state license he has fulfilled training requirements as set forth by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and the U.S. Forest Service for conducting prescribed burns on federal lands. He is also skilled in Geographical Information Systems technologies. Mr. Hodges has been involved in the implementation component of the Fort Hood (TX) Recovery Credit System and the development of a Rangewide Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

Kara Henderson

Kara Henderson

Executive Assistant
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Kara Henderson grew up in Austin and is proud to call Texas home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While earning her degree, Ms. Henderson was a writer for the news and arts sections of her student paper, the Maneater. She also worked for the University’s School of Natural Resources, where she wrote and produced newsletters highlighting departmental news and research projects. During this time, Ms. Henderson was able to hone her skills in focused writing, editing, research and organization. After graduating in 2012, she was employed at multiple lobbying firms in the Austin area. She has also been featured in various arts publications as a contributing writer. Since joining the team in November 2014, Ms. Henderson has quickly become an integral part of NRS. Her wide range of experience has allowed her to contribute in many capacities at NRS.

Consulting Team Members

Shannon Farrell

Shannon Farrell

PHD, Research Scientist
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Dr. Shannon Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Formerly a Research Scientist with Texas A&M’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, she is involved with research and management of endangered species to improve ecological understanding of endangered species to develop management applications to aid species recovery. As a consultant with Natural Resources Solutions, Dr. Farrell works on the Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Plan, collaborating with a broad range of entities, including USFWS, state wildlife agencies, academic researchers, Farm Bureau and other agricultural representatives, oil and gas industry representatives, private landowners, and other involved agencies and stakeholders to develop a market-based habitat credit trading system as well as CCAA and HCP documents for developers in the prairie chicken range. Before joining the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources as postdoctoral researcher in March 2011, Farrell was a doctoral student at Texas A&M University's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, conducting research in ecology, focusing on avian ecology, behavior and wildlife-habitat relationships. Farrell has also worked on a variety of ecological research projects across the country and has designed and conducted science education programs for students in San Diego, CA, and Newark, NJ.