The Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Southwest Chapter (NM, AZ, Sonoran and Mojave Deserts, and Colorado Plateau) will be having their joint conference (“Ecological Restoration in the Southwest”) this year in Alpine, Texas on the campus of Sul Ross State University.
Alpine, TX is the third highest town (4,500′) in the Trans-Pecos region of the Chihuahuan Desert in Far West Texas. Situated in a semi-desert basin at the southern reaches of the Davis Mountains, Alpine is flanked to the south by the Del Norte Mountains, to the east by the rugged Glass Mountains, and to the west by the rough and rocky Paisano Pass and the landmark Twin Peaks Mountains. The summers are moderately warm with cool nights, thanks to a monsoonal precipitation pattern and high desert altitude. Sul Ross State University is the premier four year school in the Big Bend region, offering bachelors and graduate degrees. It is the birthplace of collegiate rodeo, and famous bull rider Tuff Hedeman attended school at Sul Ross.
The conference will begin on Friday, October 17th and end on Sunday, October 19th (more details and registration here). Various field trips are planned for Friday, with talks on desert grassland restoration in Creosotebush scrublands, riparian restoration along the Rio Grande River, Pronghorn Antelope restoration updates on the famous Marfa Grasslands and Marathon Basin, as well as a talk and tour of West Texas Native Plant Materials Initiative, a part of Texas Native Seeds (TNS). TNS is a partnership led by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute working on developing certified ecotypic native seed sources, and advancing restoration research and implementation. Other activities for Saturday and Sunday, such as poster sessions, speaker sessions, an awards presentation, and chapter lunch are planned. Please click the first link in this paragraph to find out more information.
Hope to see you there!