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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2011
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin will host the fourth statewide conference on invasive species Nov. 8 to 10. Organized by the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, the conference will feature speakers discussing non-native invasive plants and pests and statewide strategies for combating them.
The highlight will be a session featuring State Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen and Donna Howard of Austin. Rep. Aycock authored House Bill 338, requiring that all public invasive plant lists clearly state that the invasive species listed are only recommendations and have no legal effect in the state. Rep. Howard, an outspoken proponent of controlling invasive plant species in Texas, will debate legislative efforts related to them with Aycock.
Other activities include a presentation by Chuck Bargeron about using applications and maps to detect and respond rapidly to invasive species. Bargeron is the technology director at the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. A panel on the City of Austin’s Invasive Species Management Plan will cover recent updates to the plan. Also, Dr. Earl Chilton of Texas Parks and Wildlife will deliver a “state of the state” talk on invasive species in Texas.
Invasive species management sessions will follow Tuesday and Wednesday. Other highlights include a presentation about invasive species control at Caddo Lake and a workshop Thursday morning about early detection and rapid response.
Established in 2008, the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council seeks to manage and control invasive species in Texas and prevent the spread of future invasive species. Sponsors of the conference include the National Park Service, Sam Houston State University, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Capital Cruises of Austin, Caddo Lake Institute and the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association.