Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council

PULLING TOGETHER INITIATIVE: A TEXAS-SIZED PARTNERSHIP TO MANAGE INVASIVE PLANTS. Ron Billings1, Kim Camilli1, Stephanie Glenn2, Lisa Gonzalez2, and Damon Waitt3, 1Texas Forest Service, College Station, TX 77840, 2Houston Advanced Research Center, Houston, TX, and 3Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX 78739. (


The Pulling Together Initiative: A Texas-sized Partnership to Manage Invasive Plants is a collaborative project between the USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, the Texas Forest Service, the Central Southwest/Gulf Coast Information Node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to address the problem of unwanted, alien plant species in Texas. The partnership is organized around four invasive plant management strategies outlined by Forest Health Protection for the Southern Region: Prevention, Early Detection and Rapid Response, Control and Management, and Restoration. A main component of the partnership is to plan and host the first statewide conference on invasive plants. In addition, the partnership seeks to facilitate development of an Texas Invasive Plants Council that will interact with the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC) and other state-based EPPCs. The presentation will describe the goal, objectives and current status of the Pulling it Together initiative and how it relates to other invasive plant programs in the state of Texas.

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