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Invasive Species What’s the difference between a “weed” and an “invasive plant”? A weed is simply a plant growing in a place where it’s not wanted. It might be a problem locally, but it generally doesn’t spread to become a large-scale problem in natural areas.

An invasive plant is a non-native plant with very high reproductive potential and the ability to establish across long distances (for example, it might produce seeds that can spread by wind or by animals). An invasive plant can become established in natural areas, and disrupt natural communities by outcompeting native plants.

An invasive species grows/reproduces and spreads rapidly, establishes over large areas, and persists. Species that become invasive succeed due to favorable environmental conditions and lack of natural predators, competitors and diseases that normally regulate their populations.

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.

In addition to negatively impacting ecosystems, invasive species are also costly. It is very expensive to prevent, monitor and control the spread of invasives, not to mention the damage to crops, fisheries, forests, and other resources. Invasives cost the US $137 billion annually. Some of the most harmful species cost in excess of $100 million annually.

Sometimes you will see invasive species referred to as exotic, alien, or non-indigenous species. The problem with these names is that they only refer to the non-native part of the definition above. Many exotic or alien species do not cause harm to our economy, our environment, or our health. In fact, the vast majority of "introduced" species do not survive and only about 15% of those that do go on to become "invasive" or harmful.

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The purpose of this document is to outline two methods of applying herbicide to reduce and control the competition created from re-sprouting hardwood species (primarily oak, and yaupon holly). The goal is to allow the native loblolly pine to again become a significant component of the next forest woodland.

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Policy Resolution 13-02: Western Governors support coordinated, prevention efforts of early detection and rapid response with multistate management and eradication actions to limit or eliminate introductions and improve control of invasive species expansion. Programs for the control and/or eradication of invasive species must result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication.

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This 2nd edition of the NBCI’s annual “State of the Bobwhite” report provides the most comprehensive assessment ever compiled on the current state of bobwhite conservation in the US.

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ABSTRACT Barkbeetles (Coleoptera:Curculionidae:Scolytinae) have been an important historic and current factor affecting pine forest production in the southern United States. Although tree mortality to bark beetles often detracts from forest management goals, the natural role of barkbeetles is canopy opening, thinning, and diversification of stand structure and composition, effects that contribute to some ecosystem services in forests managed for multiple uses. Strategies to prevent barkbeetle outbreaks exploit their sensitivity to host tree spacing and reliance on pheromones to attract sufficient numbers to overwhelm tree defenses. Tree species selection at planting or through selective thinning can favor pine species that are more tolerant of site conditions and resistant to bark beetles. Precommercial or commercial thinning improves tree condition and creates barriers to beetle population growth and spread. Remedial options include  salvage harvest, pheromones for trap-out or disruption of host location, and white paint to disrupt the dark silhouette of the tree bole. Given the labor costs and trade-offs among tactics and the marginal profitability of fiber and timber production, harvest in advance of,or salvage harvest after, barkbeetle attack often is the favored management strategy. However, this strategy is not as appropriate in public forests managed for values provided by older, more vulnerable trees. High-value sites for cultural or endangered species protection may require use of more expensive management options.

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What’s a quail worth? The short answer — as it relates to a wild Texas quail — is $253 each, according to a recently completed survey of Texas quail hunters.

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ExFor is an Internet-accessible database containing information on forest pests that can be used by workers worldwide. This document describes the guidelines to be followed by contributors to the ExFor database in evaluating exotic forest pests and in submitting background information to the database.

Regulatory and forest protection agencies, as well as researchers and field workers in forest health and related fields, will benefit from the ready availability of information on a wide variety of pests with potential to become established in North American forests. The information is presented in such a way as to be useful for many purposes. Although the emphasis in the pest risk assessment model developed for this project is on potential establishment and impact, information on pathways for introduction and means of dispersal is provided in the Pest Facts Sheets. It is anticipated that this information will prove useful for the assessment and management of introduced pests, wood products and other commodities from offshore sources.  

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The purpose of the Southern Region (R8) Non-Native Invasive Species Strategy is to provide an effective interdisciplinary framework to implement Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) management programs. The implementation will include R8 National Forests, State and Private Forestry, and Research and Development programs as applicable.

The goal of the R8 NNIS Program in the South is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the potential for introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of non-native invasive species across all landscapes and ownerships. The vision for this program is to protect native ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as begin restoration of desired ecological functions or components after NNIS removal. Read More »


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Procedures have been developed in this manual to address the transport of pest and invasive species through equipment movement. This manual provides uniform guidelines for inspecting and cleaning vehicles and equipment to help prevent the spread of pest and invasive species during Bureau of Reclamation activities.
 

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This is a guide for field detection and for treating field gear to prevent the spread of New Zealand mudsnails. It is intended for researchers, monitoring crews, watershed survey groups, and anyone else who travels frequently between aquatic or riparian locations.
 

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Summarizes biology of wild pigs, history of introduction and range of occurence within the U.S., and ecological and economic impacts, with suggestions for management strategies. Read More »


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Invasive Species introduced into the United States from around the globe are affecting plant and animal communities on our farms, ranches and coasts; and in our parks, waters, forests, and backyards. As global climate patterns shift, the distribution of species will change, and so will the susceptibility of particular habitats to the impacts of new species introductions. Human activity such as trade, travel and tourism have all increased substantially, increasing the speed and volume of species movement to unprecedented levels. Invasive species are often unintended hitchhikers on cargo and other trade conveyances. Still more species are deliberately introduced as pets, ornamental plants, crops, food, or for recreation, pest control or other purposes. Most nonnative species, including most of our sources of food and fiber, are not harmful; and many are highly beneficial. A small percentage of nonnative species cause great harm to the environment, the economy or human health. Nonnative species that cause harm are collectively known as invasive species. Read More »


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Non-native plants, animals, and microorganisms found outside of their natural range can become invasive. While many of these are harmless because they do not reproduce or spread in their new surroundings, other non-native species (NNIS) are considered invasive if they can cause harm to the economy, ecology or human health of the new environment. These species thrive in new areas because they establish relatively quickly, tolerate a wide range of conditions, are easily dispersed, and are no longer limited by the diseases, predators, and parasites that kept their populations in check in their native range.

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Constructing a water garden is a unique and enjoyable way to accent a property. There are many types of aquatic plants and animals commonly used in water gardens including water lettuce, cattails and koi. Many of the popular species are not native to the area or watershed in which they are being planted.

Introduced species are defined as any individual, group, subspecies or population that enters an aquatic ecosystem outside of its historical native range. These species  may be plants or animals and may arrive from different countries or from different locations of the same country. Non-native species like goldfish and purple loosestrife, are now prevalent in many regions across the U.S. after first being used as ornamentals. Once established, introduced species may cause ecological and economic problems and  can be difficult if not impossible to control or eradicate.

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Rod Pinkston, a former U.S. Army Master Sergeant and war veteran, may well be one of the world's best and most intuitive wild hog hunters in the world.

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Many forest managers are unknowingly introducing and spreading invasive plants on their lands through management practices they implement. These practices, ranging from traditional silvicultural management to wildlife enhancement and land-use conversion practices, all influence invasive plant growth, reproduction, and dispersal. Recognizing and predicting the response of individual species to these practices will enable managers to take steps to prevent or reduce the impact of invasive plants on their land. Many of these species eliminate all productive uses on infested sites and are very expensive to control and/or eradicate. Knowing which invasive plants are common in your region and being able to identify them aids in quickly responding to new threats. Monitoring disturbed areas and proper sanitation of equipment helps prevent new infestations. Issues such as when and how to use prescribed fire and how different invasive plants will respond can be confusing and overwhelming. This publication integrates vegetation management guidelines and control techniques with silvicultural practices, such as prescribed fire, harvest  techniques, site preparation, timber stand improvement, and wildlife plantings, in a format that will help the manager understand the relationship of management  practices and invasive plants.


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Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are nonindigenous species that threaten the diversity or abundance of native species, the ecological stability of infested waters, and/or any commercial, agricultural, aquacultural, or recreational activities dependent on such waters. ANS include nonindigenous species that may occur within inland, estuarine, or marine waters and that presently or potentially threaten ecological processes or natural resources. The term ANS is often used interchangeably with aquatic invasive species, the preferred term of Federal and State managers. An aquatic invasive species is defined as a species not native to the ecosystem under consideration whereby introduction of this species does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or threaten human health.

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Feral animals are those that have returned to an untamed state after having been domesticated.  Such is the case with almost all the wild pigs in North America.  Although some of the truly wild Eurasian or “Russian” boars have been brought to the U.S., they are rare, and most feral hogs descend from livestock or are a hybrid of the two species.

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Excerpts from the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) applicable to private landowners.

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Provides instructions for artificial regeneration, site prep, seedings and planting to re-establish longleaf pine.  The guidelines conclude, “Longleaf pine has many desirable characteristics for landowners who have multiple-use forest management objectives. On appropriate sites, and with careful attention to detail during the regeneration phase, it is possible to enjoy the versatility of this species without compromising growth rates.” Read More »


According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, endemic species are native species that are confined to a certain region or having a comparatively restricted distribution.  For example, the Joshua Tree is endemic to the Mojave Desert.  In other words, endemics, wherever they are located, are unique to their region.  In general, the greater the isolation or specialized nature of the habitat, the more numerous the endemics.  Thus, according to Britannica Encyclopedia online, species on remote oceanic islands tend to be almost 100% endemic.

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Invasive Species Native species
Invasive Species Native plants help conserve water, improve water quality, and provide wildlife habitats. Related activities are being held throughout the week and at many sites around town.

Texas has many native animals and birds, as well as introduced species. More than 540 species of birds — about three fourths of all different species found in the United States — have been identified in Texas. Some 142 species of animals, including some that today are extremely rare, are found in Texas.

The types of plants found in Texas vary widely from one region to the next. This is due to the amount and frequency of rainfall, diversity of soils, and the number of frost-free days. From the forests of East Texas to the deserts of West Texas, from the grassy plains of North Texas to the semi-arid brushlands of South Texas, plant species change continuously.

More than 100 million acres of Texas are devoted to grazing, both for domestic and wild animals. This is the largest single use of land in the state. More than 80 percent of the acreage is devoted to range in the Edwards Plateau, Cross Timbers and Prairies, South Texas Plains, and Trans-Pecos Mountains and Basins.

The Houston metro region consists predominantly of Gulf Prairies and Marshes that cover approximately 10 million acres of the state. There are two subunits: (a) the marsh and salt grasses immediately at tidewater, and (b) a little farther inland, a strip of bluestems and tall grasses, with some gramas in the western part. Many of these grasses make excellent grazing.

Oaks, elm, and other hardwoods grow to some extent, especially along streams, and the area has some post oak and brushy extensions along its borders. Much of the Gulf Prairies is fertile farmland, and the area is well suited for cattle.

Principal grasses of the Gulf Prairies are tall bunchgrasses, including big bluestem, little bluestem, seacoast bluestem, indiangrass, eastern gamagrass, Texas wintergrass, switchgrass, and gulf cordgrass. Saltgrass occurs on moist saline sites.

Heavy grazing has changed the native vegetation in many cases so the predominant grasses are the less desirable broomsedge bluestem, smutgrass, threeawns, tumblegrass, and many other inferior grasses. Other plants that have invaded the productive grasslands include oak underbrush, Macartney rose, huisache, mesquite, prickly pear, ragweed, bitter sneezeweed, broomweed, and others.

Vegetation of the Gulf Marshes consists primarily of sedges, bullrush, flat-sedges, beakrush and other rushes, smooth cordgrass, marshhay cordgrass, marsh millet, and maidencane. The marshes are grazed best during winter.

Why are native plants important?
Invasive Species Native plants form the historical basis of our landscape, provide food and habitat for animals, and serve as natural sources of food, fiber, and other products.

Native plants are acclimated to local climate conditions and soils, provide habitat for wildlife, typically require less water and maintenance once established, and do not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to thrive. These homegrown plants also give us a sense of place and help maintain the region's wide variety of flora and fauna.
Invasive Species Texas Plant Information Database
The Texas Plant Information Database (TPID) contains comprehensive information about native and a few selected naturalized plant species that have value for erosion control and wildlife use. It provides the user an opportunity to query and select species that have application for landscape enhancement or restoration. The selection of appropriate plants is based on specific site characteristics and management objectives.

This project is still evolving.Therefore, we welcome comments and suggestions. We hope the program is user-friendly as well as applicable. Species can be added to the database and modifications of existing data can be made where needed.In case there is a plant you would like to see added to the database, please e-mail the plant name to us at the address below. If the plant meets the criteria for addition to the database, a blank form will be mailed to you to fill out and send back.

Criteria for Including Plants in the Database TPID is based upon plants that have desirable characteristics and, when planted in appropriate associations, can provide vegetated landscapes similar to those that naturally occur in Texas. These plants include trees, shrubs, vines, forbs, grasses, and marsh plants. This database contains information on specific plants (e.g. wooly croton) as well as groups of plants (e.g. Croton spp.) for which data for several plants are grouped together.

There are several ways you can search the database for native species:
Search by Common Name
Search by Scientific Name
Search by Code
Search by Ecological Region
Search by County
Search the database by Specific Location

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Excerpts from the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) applicable to private landowners.

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In recent years, there has been increased interest in establishing native warm season grasses (NWSG) and forbs as wildlife habitat. Commonly known as prairie or prairie grass, native grasslands and savannas, a forest/grassland complex with less than 50% tree coverage, historically dominated the landscape across much of the United States. These grasses and forbs grow during the warmer months of the year as opposed to cool season grasses such as fescue and brome.

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Best Management Practices
Best Management Practices, or BMPs, are developed by experienced practitioners or management and research organizations to improve land management outcomes. Although general wildlife, habitat, or agricultural or water quality BMPs may be helpful for many species of wildlife, some species have unique requirements that are highly limiting to their populations.

A good example is the Wood Duck, a species of waterfowl that declined in the late 18th century as a result of overhunting and declines in its preferred bottomland habitat. According to the US Geological Survey, “by the beginning of the 20th century, wood ducks had virtually disappeared from much of their former range.” The Wood Duck is a cavity nester and requires mature trees and snags for nesting. As this type of habitat develops slowly and can be rare under modern forest management regimes, the specific practice of placing and maintaining wood duck boxes began in the 1930s to artificially boost populations.

Specific guidelines for the correct dimensions, construction and placement of wood duck boxes has helped make the practice widespread, playing a key part in the comeback of the Wood Duck nationwide. Again, USGS states, “The story of the Wood Duck is an example of how active wildlife management techniques can have a tremendous effect on the overall success of an individual species.”

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Aquatic Weed Management Control Methods

A discussion of the main types of aquatic weeds, plus prevention; biological, chemical, and mechanical control; and integrated weed management. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/




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ABSTRACT Barkbeetles (Coleoptera:Curculionidae:Scolytinae) have been an important historic and current factor affecting pine forest production in the southern United States. Although tree mortality to bark beetles often detracts from forest management goals, the natural role of barkbeetles is canopy opening, thinning, and diversification of stand structure and composition, effects that contribute to some ecosystem services in forests managed for multiple uses. Strategies to prevent barkbeetle outbreaks exploit their sensitivity to host tree spacing and reliance on pheromones to attract sufficient numbers to overwhelm tree defenses. Tree species selection at planting or through selective thinning can favor pine species that are more tolerant of site conditions and resistant to bark beetles. Precommercial or commercial thinning improves tree condition and creates barriers to beetle population growth and spread. Remedial options include  salvage harvest, pheromones for trap-out or disruption of host location, and white paint to disrupt the dark silhouette of the tree bole. Given the labor costs and trade-offs among tactics and the marginal profitability of fiber and timber production, harvest in advance of,or salvage harvest after, barkbeetle attack often is the favored management strategy. However, this strategy is not as appropriate in public forests managed for values provided by older, more vulnerable trees. High-value sites for cultural or endangered species protection may require use of more expensive management options.

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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

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Summary Findings

  • The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).
  • Over 14 states, breeding bobwhite densities were 70 to 75 percent greater around CP33 buffered fields than around unbuffered crop fields.
  • Fall bobwhite covey densities were 50 to 110 percent greater around CP33 fields than around unbuffered crop fields, and this positive response to CP33 increased each subsequent year of the study.
  • Several upland songbirds (e.g., dickcissel, field sparrow) responded strongly to CP33 in the landscape.
  • Area-sensitive grassland birds (e.g.,grasshopper sparrow) exhibited little response to CP33 buffers.
  • These findings illustrate the wildlife value of field borders and other buffer practices implemented through EQIP, WHIP, and other conservation programs.
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The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

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Review of the available literature on the ecological and economic impact of ecosystem services provided by  bats. Read More »


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Invasive Species introduced into the United States from around the globe are affecting plant and animal communities on our farms, ranches and coasts; and in our parks, waters, forests, and backyards. As global climate patterns shift, the distribution of species will change, and so will the susceptibility of particular habitats to the impacts of new species introductions. Human activity such as trade, travel and tourism have all increased substantially, increasing the speed and volume of species movement to unprecedented levels. Invasive species are often unintended hitchhikers on cargo and other trade conveyances. Still more species are deliberately introduced as pets, ornamental plants, crops, food, or for recreation, pest control or other purposes. Most nonnative species, including most of our sources of food and fiber, are not harmful; and many are highly beneficial. A small percentage of nonnative species cause great harm to the environment, the economy or human health. Nonnative species that cause harm are collectively known as invasive species. Read More »


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Non-native plants, animals, and microorganisms found outside of their natural range can become invasive. While many of these are harmless because they do not reproduce or spread in their new surroundings, other non-native species (NNIS) are considered invasive if they can cause harm to the economy, ecology or human health of the new environment. These species thrive in new areas because they establish relatively quickly, tolerate a wide range of conditions, are easily dispersed, and are no longer limited by the diseases, predators, and parasites that kept their populations in check in their native range.

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A Prescribed Fire Association is a group of landowners and other concerned citizens that form a partnership to conduct prescribed burns. Prescribed burning is the key land management tool used to restore and maintain native plant communities to their former diversity and productivity for livestock production and wildlife habitat. Native prairies, shrublands, and forests supply the majority of livestock forage and much of the wildlife habitat in the U.S. Without fire, many native plant communities become dysfunctional and unproductive. Research has clearly shown that there is no substitute for fire. 

Many forest and grassland ecosystems are fire dependent and not burning is poor land management.  Why do not more people use prescribed fire to manage their land? First, fire was not part of the European culture that settled in post-Columbian America. Fire exclusion and fire suppression has been engrained in our society for years and popularized by the very successful Smokey the Bear ad campaign. The result has been a rapid decline in the quality of our natural resources, along with costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year to fight wildfires and the many other negative consequences of fuel build up. This article has been adapted from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Association. Read More »


A summary of all the benefits of prescribed fire in southern forests.

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This 40-page document provides detailed information on the biology of wild pigs, how to recognize their presence, the type of damage they can cause to agriculture and natural areas and a wide range of management techniques, including hunting.  It applies to just about anywhere in the U.S. where wild pigs are found.

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Gives an overview of prevention techniques for live fish, shellfish, ornamental fish and invertebrates, aquatic plants, marine shrimp and freshwater prawns. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Discusses pathogens and parasites, genetic alterations, and genetically modified organisms. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »


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A must-read for any responsible aquaculturist contemplating non-native species production. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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A diversity of habitats is required throughout the lifecycle of the prairie-chicken to provide food and shelter. Planting to improve lesser prairie-chicken habitat requires not only the correct species of grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs, but, also the selections which have proven success or which are locally adapted. Proper management of lesser prairie-chicken habitat maintains plant diversity and keeps unwanted plant species from invading. Management with other uses, such as grazing, are very effective and benefit both livestock and wildlife.

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Strategies and cost estimates for various forms of frightening programs and exclusion or barrier methods of control. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »

BMPs oriented more specifically toward farming & agriculture, wildlife habitat and energy efficiency are also available on this site.

Invasive Species news from the Houston Conservation Center
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Invasive mussels threaten Texas freshwater ecosystems  Houston Chronicle

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Invasive Asian beetle species wreaks havoc in Texas  KXAN.com

An invasive species of beetle from Asia has arrived in Texas and is wreaking havoc on the state's ash trees.



Invasive tree species in Austin is considered the zebra mussel of the plant world  KVUE.com

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Winter aids in battle against feral hogs, invasive plants  Houston Chronicle

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FWC meeting addressed sharks, snapper and nonnative species  TCPalm

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Scientists strategize for better conservation plans: New research estimates species' niche by treating above, below taxonomic levels  Science Daily

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Plano taking steps against inevitable tree beetle danger  WFAA.com

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Weather conditions lessen coverage of giant salvinia in Lake Athens  Athens Daily Review

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Invasive Giant Salvinia plant found at Lake Erling  Magnolia Banner News

Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have confirmed the presence of Giant Salvinia in a small portion of Lake Erling in Lafayette County, ...



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Monkees Singer and Bassist Peter Tork Dies at 77  The Daily Beast

Peter Tork, bassist and singer for The Monkees, died Thursday at age 77. The cause of death is unknown. Tork played with the group from their earliest days as ...



Trans Inmate Incarcerated in North Carolina Prison Denied Transfer to Women's Prison  The Daily Beast

A transgender woman incarcerated in North Carolina has been repeatedly denied a transfer to a woman's prison despite her fears of sexual assault from male ...



On Gardening: Magnolia magic happening across the Southeast  Newsbug.info

Magic is happening all across the Southeast right now with incredible blooms of the early season magnolias. If you have never seen them then you might be ...



52 Books for 52 Places  The New York Times

Explore the cities, countries, regions and states in Travel's “52 Places to Go in 2019” through these books.



Invasive species spotted in Fort Worth by 11-year-old naturalist  WFAA.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- An 11-year-old naturalist could be the first person to spot an invasive species in North Texas, and his discovery has caused the state to ...



Texas Parks & Wildlife: Caddo Lake water cleaner than it's been in years  Houston Chronicle

The cold weather has played the biggest role in decimating a large portion of the invasive salvinia plant in the area, Texas Parks & Wildlife officials said.



National Butterfly Center braces for border wall  Mother Nature Network

Construction equipment has moved into the land of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, to begin work on a border wall.



Xbox One backwards compatibility list: What Xbox 360 games are playable on Xbox One?  Eurogamer.net

Xbox One backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games was Microsoft's big surprise at E3 2015, and since debuting the feature later that year, the publisher ha…



Supplies of a bladder cancer drug are dwindling, as patients scramble  STAT

Companies have little incentive to make a drug like BCG, which is remarkably effective at treating bladder cancer but hardly lucrative.



Lionfish invasion in the Gulf of Mexico expected to worsen as the climate changes  Houston Chronicle

Scientists battling coral reef deaths caused by warming ocean waters 100 miles off the coast of Galveston might now have another climate change problem to ...



Feral swine, "the worst invasive species we'll ever see"  Marketplace APM

Jackie Brister's ranch hand, Roberto Olvera, caught this feral hog running through his boss' wheat. He'll sell it to a meat processor one county over.



Killer cats: The invasive species in your backyard  EverythingLubbock.com

In the U.S., the popular pet is estimated to kill over 1 billion birds and over 6 billion other small animals every year.



L.L.Bean Is Taking 25% Off Your Entire Purchase Until The End of The Day  The Daily Beast

Knock 25% off your whole cart, even if you have a pair of Bean Boots or Wicked Good Slippers in there (which are usually excluded).



Great Gardening - Central Texas: Chinese tallow tree threatens native species  Temple Daily Telegram

Recently my husband removed a tree from behind our home while a neighbor and I cheered him on. This tree was a huge threat to our environment because it ...



Will Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's controversial Green New Deal become law? Here's everything you need to know  Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Green New Deal was making headlines even before it was introduced as a resolution in the House and Senate earlier this month by ...



This cute, invasive species of tree frog is headed toward Texas  Chron.com

Could a cute and invasive species of tree frog be coming to Texas? Chances are it's already here. The U.S. Geological Survey warns that a species of Cuban ...



Coal company’s bankruptcy heightens pressure on Green New Deal’s ‘just transition’ component  ThinkProgress

Retired coal miners stand to lose their benefits following a company's bankruptcy, leaving the future of union contracts at other mines across the country in doubt ...



Nonprofit works to keep trash, invasive species out of Houston’s bayous  Houston Chronicle

While the importance of healthy waterways may have been a new concern for some, the Bayou Preservation Association has been working on this goal for the ...



Round Rock joins effort to fight invasive species in water supply  City of Round Rock

Round Rock is joining the effort to eradicate invasive zebra mussels from Lake Georgetown to protect the infrastructure that distributes the City's drinking water.



Watch: World's biggest bee has scientists abuzz  New Zealand Herald

An international team of scientists and conservationists has announced the finding of what many consider to be the 'holy grail' of bee discoveries – Wallace's ...



Florida residents warned parasite-carrying New Guinea flatworms are invading part of the state  Fox News

If you live in Central Florida, beware: The invasive, parasite-carrying New Guinea flatworm has reportedly made its way to this part of the state.



“Zombie” flies control invasive ant species  UT The Daily Texan

Scientists are using brain-munching, mind-controlling flies to “zombify” and kill invasive fire ant species. This past weekend, Dr. Robert (Rob) Plowes, a research ...



When Invasive Species Help: Armadillos Provide Shelter to Native Species  Inside Science News Service

(Inside Science) -- Before the armadillos came, there were no large burrows on Georgia's Little St. Simons Island. But the armored creatures invaded the island ...



Where does the anti-Amazon energy go? — BLOOMBERG trades in philanthropic goodwill — CUOMO calls for prison closures  Politico

Amazon's decision to abort its New York City deal last week provoked conflicts across the ideological spectrum, but there was striking agreement on one point: ...



We must be aware of the costly impacts of the invasive Zebra mussel  North Texas Daily

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that have been traveling throughout Texas lakes, establishing themselves in around 23 lakes from San Antonio to Dallas ...



How to rid Hawaii of invasive plants? This chef wants you to eat them  Los Angeles Times

A Maui chef has come up with an innovative approach to ridding Hawaii of invasive plants: He wants you to eat them. Travelers can have an authentic and ...



Nutria may look cute but are considered an invasive species  Monitor

ANITA WESTERVELT | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR. Looking much like a koala bear at first glance, these cute and cuddly looking critters might be seen along ...



Invasive species should be taken seriously  North Texas Daily

Often when we think of invasive species, we imagine zebra mussels or the infamous Africanized bee. However, many plants, mammals and insects participate in ...



State officials discover invasive species on holiday wreaths and evergreen decor  FOX 29

(WLUK) -- If you bought any real wreaths or evergreen holiday decorations, state officials are asking you to dispose of them properly after finding invasive ...



Invasive Plants, Along For The Ride  MyMotherLode.com

Invasive insects and weeds cost $122 billion dollars in monetary damage to the US$122 economy.



Strange, invasive beetle species seized by U.S. Customs officials in Houston  Houston Chronicle

It's the job of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's agriculture specialists to make sure harmful organic items don't come into the country. Although it might seem ...



Group develops plan to combat invasive species along Hudson River  The Daily Freeman

BEACON, N.Y. — Hudson River Sloop Clearwater recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Lower Hudson Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group, part of ...



How ‘Rodents Of Unusual Size’ Took Over The Swamps — And Hearts – Of Louisiana  Houston Public Media

Nutria, the beaver-like rodents with long, skinny tails, are among the most invasive species in Texas. Now, a new film called Rodents of Unusual Size details the ...



Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study  Reuters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after ...



Invasive species 'mussels' it's way into Austin Water  FOX 7 Austin

The Handcox Water Treatment Plant, near the intersection of 620 and 2222 is where the zebra mussel problem was found. The invasive shellfish were on all ...



Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.  The Washington Post

A pear seedling selection named Bradford was cloned by the gazillion to become the ubiquitous street tree of America's postwar suburban expansion. Then it ...



Beauty or Beast? Iceland Quarrels Over an Invasive Plant  The New York Times

Nootka lupine, introduced in the 1970s to control soil erosion, has spread wildly, threatening native species. But many adore its purplish blue flowers.



Boaters key to slowing invasive species  Chron

Last Tuesday, during National Invasive Species Awareness Week, a crew from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's aquatic habitat enhancement team spent ...



Genomic evidence of rapid adaptation of invasive Burmese pythons in Florida  Science Daily

New researchers set out to determine whether pythons could have adapted to an extreme Florida freeze event in 2010. They generated data for dozens of ...



Invasive plant species reemerges along the border  KGNS.tv

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- Representatives with the Rio Grande International Study Center have met with Border Patrol to discuss the cleanup occurring along the ...



Invasive species makes home in Round Rock's water intake  FOX 7 Austin

An invasive species is "musseling" its way into Round Rock's water intake system.



Hurricanes May Have Moved Invasive Species to New Locations; New USGS Maps Reveal Where  The Weather Channel

Flooding from last year's spate of hurricanes not only displaced thousands of people, it relocated hundreds of invasive species to new locations.



The Impact Of Invasive Species On Texas Water Resources  Texas Public Radio

Invasive Arundo cane, Zebra Mussels, and Hydrilla are among a host of aquatic plants and animals that are not native to Texas and compete with our native.



In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States  KUT

Doctor Hans Landel blows minds for a living. He travels the state giving workshops on invasive plants. But he starts each one with a warning. “If you're used to ...



Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports  Community Impact Newspaper

Oct 11, 2018: Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere ...



Once Common, Texas Horned Lizard Now Being Captive-Bred and Reintroduced  National Geographic

The horned lizard, the state reptile of Texas, is up against a myriad of threats. Scientists are hoping reintroduction will help it survive.



Minnesota Spends $10M a Year to Battle Invasive Species  U.S. News & World Report

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is spending millions annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are ...



Western Governors' Association Takes Aim at Invasive Species  Associations Now

By Ernie Smith / Aug 3, 2018 A feral hog, one species considered invasive in the Western U.S. (Dafydd_ap_W/iStock/Getty Images Plus) ...



Don't be fooled by invasive species  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Mother Nature is trying to fool people in Michigan with some plants that may appear beautiful and harmless but are actually invading the state. Our friends at the ...



Invasion of the Pathogens  Sierra Magazine

How microbes and invasive species spreading them threaten the great outdoors.



Indiana panel adopts rule making invasive plants illegal  Midland Reporter-Telegram

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservationists are toasting a state commission's decision to make dozens of invasive plant species illegal in the state.



Invasive Zebra Mussels Discovered At Grapevine Lake  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Zebra mussels, an invasive species, have been discovered by officials with the U.S. Geological Survey in Grapevine Lake.



Hill Country land stewardship conference set April 25-26 in Kerrville  AgriLife Today

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu. Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu. KERRVILLE – The Hill ...



Non-natives are not so loathsome doves  Chron

A burglary in the Bahamas and the threat of a volcano eruption on the island of Guadeloupe set in motion one of the fastest and most widespread invasions of a ...



New app allows Washington state residents to report invasive species  KIRO Seattle

The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking for the public's help in detecting invasive species and reporting them on their new WA Invasive app.



Analysis | The Daily 202: Trump shows fresh disdain for the rule of law with national emergency declaration  The Washington Post

The president may soon be forced to veto a resolution of disapproval.



Central Texas salamanders, including newly identified species, at risk of extinction  Science Daily

Biologists have discovered three new species of groundwater salamander in Central Texas, including one living west of Austin that they say is critically ...



Caddo Lake's waters are clearer than they've been in 2 decades  EastTexasMatters.com

Caddo Lake is clearer than it's been in 20 years, thanks to the giant salvinia weevil.



Draining Omaha Lake Proposed to Kill off 2 Invasive Species  U.S. News & World Report

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report says Omaha's Glenn Cunningham Lake would be closed to visitors and the lake drained to kill off ...



Invasive tick species could have an even larger impact on the US than first feared  BGR

Late last month the CDC issued a warning about an invasive species of tick that has begun to spread in the United States. Native to Asia, the ticks are gaining a ...



How Does This Aquarium Fish Thrive In Waller Creek?  KUT

Austin is the unique home to a thriving wild population of one of the most common pet fish in the world: the variable platy fish (on sale for $1.59 at.



Planet Plastic  Harvard Political Review

Plastic is everywhere: From cutlery and packaging to clothing and electronics, some 9.2 billion tons of plastic have been produced in the past 70 years. Whether ...



CDC: Invasive tick species rapidly spreading throughout US  KATU

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) A new invasive species of tick has made its way into the United States, and officials say it poses a threat as it continues to spread to ...



Why We Should Rethink How We Talk About "Alien" Species  Smithsonian

In South Texas, government agents patrol a barrier line that snakes some 500 miles along the course of the Rio Grande. Their mission: to protect their country ...



Grackles are everywhere, so they must be invasive, right?  austin360

Wrong.Even though grackles might seem like they are taking over the city, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English doesn't ...



Invasive zebra mussels infest Lewisville, Flower Mound area lakes  Community Impact Newspaper

Sep 6, 2018: Local entities are taking steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere with water intake or ...



Pest Experts Investigating Reported Invasive Beetle in Tarrant County  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas A&M Forest *Service* experts are investigating reports that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a beetle, may have been seen in Tarrant County.



New species of snake found in stomach of predator snake  Science Daily

Herpetologists have described a previously unknown species of snake that was discovered inside the stomach of another snake more than four decades ago.


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