The topic for the May meeting on the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is:

Bastrop Fire Recovery.

Summary: Jim Rooni, Chief Regional Forester for the Texas A & M Forest Service will present a program on the 2011 wildfires in Bastrop County, their effects on the forest there, and the recovery effort currently underway.

Speaker: Jim Rooni holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point.  He began work in Texas, serving as Program Coordinator for the City of Austin’s cooperative oak wilt suppression program in 1993 where he later went on to oversee the City Horticulture and Reforestation programs. During his 15-year tenure with the Texas A&M Forest Service, he has worked extensively with state forestry programs and initiatives including: Forest Health, State Urban and Community Forestry, Forest Stewardship, and a wide array of state reforestation and resource recovery initiatives – including program oversight of the forest recovery efforts in Bastrop.  Currently, he serves as Department Head & Chief Regional Forester for the Texas A&M Forest Services’ Forest Resource Development and Sustainability programs in Central Texas and West Texas.

Presentation Description:

In response to the destructive wildfire that stuck Bastrop County on September 4, 2011, the Texas A&M Forest Service made an aggressive commitment to assist the ongoing recovery by providing professional staff to help direct technical, financial, logistical, and networking resources to both the leadership and residents of Bastrop County.  In this unique recovery effort, the goal of the Texas A&M Forest Service is to work with its program partners to develop and deliver programs which result in the rapid recovery of the immensely valuable natural resources which help define Bastrop County and the Lost Pines region of Texas.  This presentation will provide an up-close look at the fire, the destruction, the forest recovery, and the resilience of a community determined to rise from the ashes of the most destructive wildfire in Texas history.

Meeting details:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7-9 PM at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746.
Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, munching, and general good fun.  Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

Remember to bring:
(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.

For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.

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