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Giant Salvinia

Giant Salvinia – The Most Dangerous Plant In Texas/Louisiana I recently had the pleasure of attending the Bi-State Alliance quarterly meeting and the speaker for the occasion was my friend Howard Elder. Elder is an expert Aquatic Habitat Biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Jasper, Texas and this meeting was a follow-up […]

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Bad News

(Possible headline for state newspaper – July 2015) State Closes Lake Fork Due To Giant Salvinia Infestation Lake Fork, one of the premier bass fishing lakes in the state of Texas has become a victim of the invasive plant Giant Salvinia (GS). During the past two years, growth of the plant has exploded causing limited […]

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Giant Salvinia

The Next Serious Threat In ponds, lakes, and reservoirs from North Carolina to Hawaii, a stealthy invader called giant salvinia (Salvania molesta ) is making an unwanted appearance. This free-floating fern that originated in Brazil has earned a reputation as one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds—and with good reason. The United States Geological Survey […]

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Giant Salvinia

In ponds, lakes, and reservoirs from North Carolina to Hawaii, a stealthy invader called giant salvinia is making an unwanted appearance. This free-floating fern has earned a reputation as one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds—and with good reason. When conditions are right, salvinia’s small, oval leaves form dense mats—green, yellow-green, or brown—that can easily […]

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First Statewide Conference on Invasive Plants Scheduled

AUSTIN, Texas — On Nov. 17 and 18, 2005, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin will convene the first statewide conference in Texas on non-native invasive plants as part of the Pulling Together Initiative. Conference planning is led by a coalition of interested parties who recognize the importance of creating networks of information […]

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Cronkite Narrates Texas Water Progra

AUSTIN, Texas – Walter Cronkite has narrated a one-hour video program about Texas water resources, which will air Feb. 3 on all Texas public television stations. “Texas: the State of Water—Finding a Balance” explores what’s at stake in the struggle to provide enough clean water for wildlife and the environment, cities, industry and agriculture. “I’m […]

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Top Texas Conservation Stories of 2004

When It Rains, It Pours — Texas’ natural resources showed their potential in 2004, thanks to higher than normal rainfall across most of the state. The abundance of water created lush habitat conditions, setting the stage for near-record production among many wildlife species, particularly quail and deer. While hunters were enjoying the rewards of a […]

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The Gift of Conservation

The holiday season is a good time for reflection. A time to be grateful for all that we have. A time to give just for the good feeling we get from giving. One of the most important things that we all can be thankful for, after good health and good fortune for ourselves and our […]

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Apathy and Water Quality Issues in East Texas

Who is Really Regulating Water Quality? There is a tributary to Galveston Bay named Clear Creek that old timers reminisce about. They will tell you that fifty years ago you could walk the shorelines and catch trout and redfish. Often times freshwater species including bass and crappie could be caught at the same location by […]

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