Amistad Vegetation Mapping

Amistad Vegetation Mapping

In spring 2017, researchers from the Wildflower Center began an epic plant survey at Lake Amistad National Recreation Area. They were hired by the National Park Service to collect data that will be used to create detailed vegetation maps. These maps not only show...
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Conservation

Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Conservation

Tough things sometimes come in small packages. The Tobusch fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii, also known as Ancistrocactus tobuschii) is no exception. Named for its unique hooked spines, this cactus spends the first five years of its life...
Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

The Wildflower Center collects and stores seed from keystone species in the plant communities of Texas. These seeds are used by research scientists in propagation studies, reintroduction and environmental restoration efforts and safeguarded as a hedge against possible...
Blanco River Restoration

Blanco River Restoration

Following the Memorial Day and Halloween floods of 2015, Center restoration ecologists provided landscape guidance to Hays County residents whose properties were flooded along the Blanco River. Guidance took the form of an instructional workshop and a reference...
Prescribed Fire Research

Prescribed Fire Research

Wildflower Center land managers and researchers have been lighting landscapes on fire since 2001. Why? Center Environmental Designer Matt O’Toole, who usually serves as burn boss, admits it might sound “counter-intuitive,” but “one of the best tools for preventing...