Invasive Plants: Stop the Spread, Spread the Word!

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Invasive plants are wreaking havoc on the health of our ecosystems. They cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Management of invasive plants includes prevention, identification and eradication. Removal of invasive plants and replacement with native plants is essential to restoring the biodiversity of our public and private lands.

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Ecoregions Covered:
Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, High Plains, Southern Texas Plains, Southwestern Tablelands, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain

Presenter Information

  • Cheryl Hamilton

    Cheryl has been a member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas since 2008 and has also been an Alamo Area Master Naturalist since 2007.

    Cheryl co-founded the Balcones Satellite of the Invaders of Texas Program in 2010. Since that time, teams of volunteer citizen scientists have eradicated more than 200,000 invasive plants from city, state and national parks in the San Antonio area. They have also created demonstration native plant and pollinator gardens. She previously served on the NPSOT Invasives Committee to build resources for NPSOT members.

    Cheryl has presented more than 100 invasive/native plant workshops at the local, state and national level since 2009. She is an instructor for the Alamo Area Master Naturalist Training classes and has taught both Level I and Level IV Native Landscape Certification Program classes in San Antonio.

    In 2011 Cheryl received the Outstanding Citizen Scientist Award from the Texas Invasive Plants and Pest Council (TIPPC) and the NPSOT President’s Award of Excellence. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for contributing more than 4,000 volunteer hours to the master naturalist program.