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Author: Clary, Karen
Phone: 512-232-0160
Organization: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Address: 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78739

Abstract Title: DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS ASHES – SEED-BANKING TEXAS ASH SPECIES. Karen H. Clary, Ph.D.* and Minnette Marr, Plant Conservation Program, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX.

Abstract Text: There is little doubt that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which has devastated millions of ash trees throughout the forests of eastern United States, will make it to Texas in the near future. With hopes of getting out ahead of the onslaught of this insect pest, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has begun a grassroots, community-based seed/germplasm conservation program using citizen scientists. Through outreach workshops, we’ve trained Boy Scouts, Texas Master Naturalists and Native Plant Society members to collect seed from local ash trees in their communities. The goal of the program is to collect and bank seeds of all nine naturally occurring ash species in Texas to be used in forest restoration on a local scale.

Year: TIPPC_2014
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Presenter Type (Student or Regular): Regular
Session: 1. Leadership and Coordination
Submission Date: 2014-01-15