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Contacts:  Charmaine Deimatier (512) 490-0057, Victoria Fox (505) 248-6455, Elizabeth Slown (505) 248-6909

TEXAS NATIVE PLANT CONSERVATION CONFERENCE 2003

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and Texas Department of Transportation, are preparing for the third annual statewide Texas Plant Conservation Conference 2003. The conference will be held September 17 to 19 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

The conference brings together private landowners, botanists, academia, non government organizations, state and federal agencies, and wildflower enthusiasts to discuss Texas’ rare and endangered plant species. A highlight of the week’s events will be a three-hour panel session entitled, "The Private Landowner and Rare Plants: Pros and Cons of Habitat Management for Successful Plant Conservation." The session will allow for audience participation.

Interested individuals may obtain conference registration forms and additional information at the following websites: http://cnrit.tamu.edu/cgrm and www.wildflower.org  Or, by calling the Wildflower Center at 512-292-4200 or the Austin Ecological Services Field Office at 512-490-0057.

Presentations from the Service will include examples of successful long-term partnerships with Texas landowners, cities, counties, and state agencies. The Service strives to build and cultivate solid ongoing relationships with state agencies, private landowners and non government organizations. "Working closely with the State of Texas has been extremely rewarding for myself and my staff. Only through this ongoing collaboration with State agencies, private individuals and organizations can we see the results of true conservation on the ground," said U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director H. Dale Hall.

 

Confirmed conference speakers include:

Commissioner Susan Combs, Texas Department of Agriculture

Dr. Robert Breunig, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Charmaine Delmatier, Botanist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Southwest Region

Dr. Billie Turner, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas

Dr. Bonnie Amos, Professor, Angelo State University

Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Region

Dr. Larry Butler, State Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Dr. Mike Berger, Director, Wildlife Division, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Steve Manning, Project Manager for the Leon River Project

Dr. Joe Sirotnak, Botanist, Big Bend National Park

Kathy Rice, Botanist, Desert Botanical Garden

Dr. Mark Welch, Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Joseph Fitzsimons, Commissioner, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Dr. Brook Milligan, Professor, New Mexico State University

Bob McCan, President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Dr. Allan McGinty, Range Specialist, Texas Cooperative Extension Service

Ernest Smith, Former Dean of Law, University of Texas

Tom Taylor, Owner of Lost Canyon Retreat

John Karges, Conservation Biologist, West Texas Program, The Nature Conservancy

David Wolfe, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has hosted the Texas Plant Conservation Conference for three consecutive years. To recognize their continued strong partnership with the Service, the Austin Ecological Service Office presented Dr. Bob Breunig, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, with a Certificate of Appreciation for his long term and exemplary dedication to plant conservation.

 

Other Partners and Sponsors for the third annual Texas Plant Conservation Conference include Texas A&M Center of Grazinglands and Ranch Management, Native Plant Society of Texas, Texas Land & Cattle Steak House, BASF, North Star Helicopters and UAP Timberland.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

http://Southwest.fws.gov

 

 

 

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