New Waves May 2010

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Texasinvasives.org raises invasive species awareness

Texasinvasives.org raises invasive species awareness The Texas Invasives website has been completely redesign, featuring new interactive features enabling people to report sightings and take action to stop the spread of invasive plants and animals that threaten the state’s economy, environment and quality of life.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), invasive species are plants and animals that invade and take over, pushing out beneficial native plants and animals and causing problems for people. Nationwide, invasive species cost the U.S. economy an estimated $137 billion per year. In Texas, just one species, the red imported fire ant, causes more than $256 million in damages per year.

The redesigned website emphasizes public interaction, including a new "Report It" function where people can log sightings of invasive pests, an "Eco Alerts By Region" feature that provides geographically specific information on problem species in different areas of the state, and new social media features like YouTube videos.

Partners behind texasinvasives.org include the nonprofit Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, TPWD, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas Forest Service, USDA Forest Service, National Biological Information Infrastructure, and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Read the full article from TPWD here.

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