Conservation Matters May 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Invasive plant and pest workshop to be held June 9 in Junction

The Invaders of Texas program is conducting an invasive plant and pest workshop in the Texas Hill Country to train citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pests of regulatory concern, such as the cactus moth and onionweed. Free and open to the public, the workshop is scheduled for June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station (TTU-LRFS) in Junction.

According to organizers, this workshop supplements the Invaders of Texas program by training participants to identify and report invasive pests while looking for invasive plants. The workshop includes a half-day refresher course of the Invaders of Texas program, with sessions on identification of regional invasive plants, website navigation, and data reporting. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation and bring a camera and GPS (if available).

Contact Dr. Tom Arsuffi, TTU-LRFS director, at tom.arsuffi@ttu.edu for more information and to register for the workshop.

This workshop is coordinated with the development of the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan.  Facilitated by TTU-LRFS, the Texas Water Resources Institute, and the South Llano Watershed Alliance, the watershed protection plan effort is funded through a federal Clean Water Act 319(h) grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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