Drought impact on Texas native trees to be discussed

02/02/2014 9:25 PM

02/02/2014 9:26 PM

Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host Courtney Blevins, who will present “Drought Impact on Native Texas Trees” on Feb. 13, starting promptly at 7 pm at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street.

The program will look at the drought effects on trees and what you can expect from its impact. Severe water deficits in trees have an adverse effect on many of the tree's growth processes which will injure the trees and may kill them. Water-stressed trees are more vulnerable to insect and disease pests.

Numerous symptoms displayed by hardwood trees related to water stress include wilting leaves. At night with normal rain fall totals, trees will rehydrate and recover from temporary wilting but during prolonged dry periods, the trees do not recover during the overnight period and prolonged drought conditions usually kills most species of plants.

Blevins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in forest science in 1983 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Texas and Wyoming before joining the Texas Forest Service for the past 30 years. Since 1991, Blevins has been a Regional Urban Forester.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street (west side of Cherry Park) in Weatherford. The Chapter Business meeting is at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social at 6:45 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. Its mission is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example.

For more information visit http://npsot.org/CrossTimbers or contact Eileen Porter 817-596-5567. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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