Plans are underway for our fall symposium on the weekend of November 3-4 in Huntsville. The site will be the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, which is on the campus of the university. The museum facility is a modern building in a park-like setting with an auditorium and lots of room for exhibits and break-out sessions. It has up to date audio-visual equipment and wi-fi.
The symposium planning committee has issued an invitation for presenters and exhibitors on topics related to the theme of “Challenges to the Pineywood Forests: Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity.” Interested presenters should submit a bio and abstract by July 17 to Ricky Linex, who is the chair of the planning committee. Or send ideas for topics and presenters you’d like to see to Ricky. Some possible topics are: History of the Pineywoods · The Lumber industry through time from Hardwoods to Pine · The Use of Prescribed Burning in the Pineywoods Region · Pitcher Plants and Sundew Bogs, Where the Carnivorous Plants Roam · Rare Plants of the Area · Current Research on Native Plants of the Pineywoods · Restoration of Coal Mining Land in the Post Oak Savannah · Restoration of Native Plants
If you can help on some aspect of symposium planning please get in touch with either Ricky or Pam Middleton. Help is needed on organizing a photo contest, recruiting vendors and exhibitors, making catering arrangements, planning workshops and activities, coordinating volunteers, logistics/signs, planning the Friday night off-site dinner, assisting with field trips and tech advice/equipment set-up, and many other details.
There are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the site.