Dr. Waitt pondering the invasive question while fishing

What impacts the U.S. economy to the tune of $135 billion each year and threatens almost half of all native species on the current federal endangered list?

Non-native invasive species!

While we’ve grown accustomed to talking about the merits of native plants and have championed their protection, we tend to overlook the sometimes less obvious but equally serious threat of encroachment from invited and uninvited “guests.”

Dr. Damon Waitt is the Senior Botanist at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. As the Center’s botanical authority, he is the director and author of the Native Plant Information Network. Damon has extensive experience with invasives. He serves on the Invasive Species Advisory Committee for the National Invasive Species Council, is founder and past president of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, and is chair of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils, just to name of few of his many titles and consultancies in this hot-topic area.

Come hear Damon present “Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus? – Invasive Species and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center” where he will discuss the multi-prong approach the Center is taking to address the control and eradication of invasive species.

Tuesday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wild Basin Wilderness meeting room, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway