Austin Native Plant Rescue Program Louis Rene’ BarreraEnvironmental Conservation Information Specialist Austin Nature Preserves System Natural Resources Division Parks and Recreation Division 301 Nature Center Drive City of Austin, Texas 78745 http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/cepreserves/default.htm
What is the Austin Native Plant Rescue Program? A volunteer based program designed to rescue native plant material from public works and commercial development projects. A low cost source for local or native ecotype plants for city-based bioengineering, and ecological restoration projects. A coordinated process to educate the public about native plant ecology and sustainable land practices to help enhance Austin’s biological diversity. A way to enhance "Grow Green" and National Wildlife Federation “Community Habitat Initiative” practices.
Why do we save plants? Development foot prints are inevitable. Plants are direly needed for green infrastructure areas. Threat of invasive non native species. It helps preserve the functional values that plants contribute to ecosystems Carbon sequestration benefits “ healthy biological diversity”
Who Volunteers from every walk of life… Americorps help rescue an entire wetland from SH 130. Neighbors and community groups… help relocate thousands of plants from South Congress “So Co Lofts” They are as diverse as the plants themselves.
Bull dozers happen… Be prepared to be told no! Be prepared to say no. You can’t rescue the universe…You can help others learn about the benefits of plant rescues.
Keys to a successful program: Appropriate conditions are met to qualify as a native rescue site: Proper identification of native plant communities has been conducted by qualified personnel. Established pool of volunteer groups- including staff to train, and run project from start to finish. Storage facilities and resources that allow phased re- planting events. [Austin Biodiversity Greenhouse and Hornsby bend greenhouse] Agreements between parties…” Hold harmless liability release forms have been signed by all parties involved with the rescue.
LBJ Advanced Science Class William Cannon Drive
One good turn… Recognize and thank developer‘(s) and volunteers for their participation and goodwill toward the community. Publicize program’s overall benefits. Promote opportunities for future native plant rescues…
"A land ethic ... reflects the existence of anecological conscience, and this is turn reflects aconviction of individul responsibility for thehealth of the land. Health is the capacity of theland for self-renewal. Conservation is our effortto understand and preserve this capacity.“- Aldo Leopold