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Charter Meeting: Deeprooted Sedge Research Consortium
Southwest Region, October 12, 2004
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On October 12, 2004, the Clear Lake Ecological Services Field Office hosted the charter meeting of the deeprooted sedge research consortium. The group comprised Biologists and Scientists from the Clear Lake Field Office, Anahuac NWR, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Texas Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Stephen F. Austin State University. The agenda included discussion of research needs and priorities and potential funding sources. Studies investigating basic biology, ecology, management, and treatment were proposed to be launched as early as spring of 2005. Deeprooted Sedge is a non-native invasive weed that has spread rapidly in the coastal plain of the southern United States and threatens native plant diversity and wildlife habitat in the Coastal Prairies and Bottomland forests of the southeast. Experts agree that it is among the most serious invasive species in the southeast United States. Deeprooted sedge is well established on a number of National Wildlife Refuges and preserves managed by the USFWS, TNC, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, and threatens the native plant and animal resources these lands were set aside to protect.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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