The Native Plant Society of Texas will hold its 2015 annual symposium on October 15-18 at the Airport Hilton in Austin Texas.
The symposium will concentrate on the four ecoregions that surround the Texas state capitol – Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairies, Edwards Plateau and Cross Timbers, and show how these ecoregions have influenced adaptation and variance in plants and plant communities, as well as human interaction with the landscape.
There will be a great line-up of speakers from the local and surrounding Austin area. Our five plenary speakers are:
- Dr. Andrew Sansom – Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, San Marcos
- Robert Ayres – Vice-President of Shield Ranch Foundation and President of El Ranchito, a nature discovery ranch for kids
- Bill Carr – Botanist for Acme Botanical Services and co-author of Rare Plants of Texas
- Dr. Norma Fowler – Professor for the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas, Austin
- Dr. George Diggs – Professor of Biology at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Research Associate of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and co-author of Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas and Illustrated Flora of East Texas
Friday field trips will include the post-fire area of Bastrop, Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, the Shield Ranch and the Spicewood Ranch.
On Saturday, twenty break-out speakers will give presentations on The Nature Conservancy programs, the history of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Texas ecoregions and drought issues. Restoration efforts of several local tracts of land will also be discussed – Bastrop area, Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, Vireo Nature Preserve and Spicewood Ranch. Speakers will also discuss edible and useful plants of Texas, pollinators and eradication of invasive plants.
Other highlights will be a Silent Auction/Quilt Raffle benefiting the Kate Hillhouse Scholarship and Ann Miller Gonzales Research Grant Funds, a photography contest and a Thursday night reception at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center