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November 2023 Chapter Meeting – Williamson County’s Native Plant Rescue Project

November 14, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 pm

*** This meeting is on the second Tuesday of November, instead of the third as we typically do. ***

Please join us for our November Chapter meeting with guest speaker Ashley Landry.

The Native Plant Rescue Project of Williamson County has hosted over 45 plant rescues and rescued over 225 species of native plants since the creation of the project in 2022. As a joint project of the Native Plant Society of Texas-Williamson County Chapter and the Good Water TX Master Naturalist chapter, the project works with developers to ethically rescue unusual native plants and transfer them to growers and conservation partners. Come learn about how the project was created and about some of their conservation successes.

Ashley Landry is a member of the Williamson County chapter of the Native Plant Society, a Texas Master Naturalist and the creator of the Native Plant Rescue Project.

This event is open to the public. The meeting site will open for socializing at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7:00, followed by announcements. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the chapter, please stick around for the business meeting so you can meet chapter leaders.

How to join the Zoom meeting

  1. Click this link or copy and paste it into your browser: https://npsot-org.zoom.us/j/82559569275?pwd=UEtLWVJzc2FrSk5kQ3RlaHI0aTEzQT09
  2. Input your information. Use an email that you can access.
  3. You will immediately receive an email with a link to join the meeting.
  4. Video Recording: The Chapter is recording these meetings and posting them on the state YouTube channel.  If you register and join the meeting, NPSOT is accepting that as consent to include and publish your image for use in our educational materials; specifically, in the recorded monthly meetings, that others may view.

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Date:
November 14, 2023
Time:
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason