Our next Highland Lakes Native Plant Society meeting is Saturday, March 18, 2023, 1:00-3:00 at the Marble Falls Library, 101 Main ST.
Alison Baylis, the Regional Urban Ecologist for Texas A&M Forest Service, will present Protecting our trees in the Highland Lakes, developing an urban forest.
Baylis’ presentation will follow a 30 minute chapter business meeting. Her talk will be recorded for viewing on YouTube several days after the meeting.
Alison will cover this topics.
- The benefits of trees – Why should trees be prioritized in our communities?
- The impact of development on the urban forest – How can they coexist?
- The municipal perspective – How communities can get started, tools, and small town examples.
- Ordinances – A look at tree protection ordinances across Texas.
- Where do we go from here? What are the first steps?
Baylis is the Regional Urban Ecologist for Texas A&M Forest Service. In this role she helps central Texas communities develop sustainable programs that provide Texans with healthy trees and forests. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology, specializing in ecology, evolution, and behavior, from The University of Texas at Austin and is a current graduate student in the Master of Natural Resources program with a concentration in urban forestry at Oregon State University. Her career has focused on education in roles for Texas A&M Forest Service, Barton Springs Conservancy, and The University of Texas at Austin. She is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, Master Naturalist, and certified Project Learning Tree educator.
The presentation qualifies for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener AT.
Meeting information can be found on the Native Plant Society, Highland Lakes Chapter website and Facebook.
Chapter Website: https://npsot.org/wp/highlandlakes/
Facebook page: http/www.facebook.com/HLNPSOT/