Invaders of Texas

What is an invasive plant?
An invasive plant is defined as “an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. “

Invasive species cost the state of Texas millions of dollars each year in lost revenue, damages, and costs associated with removal. These costs do not even account for the loss of plant biodiversity, and subsequent lose of fauna that depend on diverse plant communities. Reducing the quality of Texas ecosystems puts further pressure on endangered species, and reduces the quality of hunting, fishing, and all the other outdoor activities Texans enjoy.

How can you help?
To combat the quiet invasion in our corner of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center has joined the Invaders of Texas program as a satellite site. It is a program headed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to harness the power of volunteer scientists to identify and catalog invasive plant species’ locations all over the state.

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center wants your help in cataloging our efforts to eradicate invasive species from our 155 acre nature sanctuary. Meet members of our conservation staff at 9:00am on the third Saturday of every month and they will lead the group in recording the species, location, and density of invasive plants. The required tools: data sheets, GPS, and cameras, will be provided. The data will be uploaded to the Invaders of Texas website and the nature center can use this data to track the success rate of our removal efforts. Our conservation efforts also add to a publicly available state wide database.

For more information about Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s invasive species removal efforts, contact
Trevor Rubenstahl
. If you are interested in doing your own independent work for the Invaders of Texas program you can contact them to find out more about training and how to get involved.

Related Links:

Invaders of Texas
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Forest Service