November 25, 2014 Invasives, Visitors and Monsters– A Program To Help Homeowners Keep Unwanted Guests At Bay
Central Texas home and landowners have seen lots of new visitors and some of them have outgrown any welcome they may have had. Species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can take over lakes and clog water pipes. Terrestrial species like king ranch bluestem and buffel grass can take over prairies and China Berry Trees can take over a riparian water way in a single season.
An invasive species grows and reproduces rapidly; establishes over large areas, and persists. This includes a wide variety of plants, insects and animals from exotic places. As invasive species spread and take over ecosystems, they decrease biodiversity by threatening the survival of native plants and animals. In fact, invasive species are a significant threat to almost half of the native U.S. species currently listed as federally endangered.
This program will be held at the Williamson County Extension office in Georgetown on Saturday, December 6 and will focus on several invasives that are effecting Central Texas. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The $25 registration includes program, handouts, refreshments and lunch. Registration is available on-line at http://williamson.agrilife.org/program-registration or by calling the Extension office at 512.943.3300.
The first speaker of the day will be Josh Helcel who will cover feral hogs. Helcel is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension associate. He provides educational programs and landowner assistance as part of the feral hog component of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program. He will discuss all aspects of hog control.
Next up will be Dr. Earl Chilton who will address pond invasive identification and control. He is the Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, Texas.
Eric Beckers will discuss forest invasives identification and control. He is a seventh generation Texan and has been with the Texas A&M Forest Service for 22 years.
After lunch, local Master Gardener Wayne Rhoden will review invasives in the home owners landscapes.
Finally, Justin Wall with USDA/APHIS will cover how that agency is helping prevent and control invaisves. Wall is the State Operations Coordinator for Plant Protection & Quarantine in Texas.
The program will include three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education hours; one integrated pest management and two general hours. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 1. For more information or to register call the Williamson county Extension office at 512.943.3300.
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