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GOM Native Plant Center


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Gulf of Mexico Native Plant Center

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GOM Native Plant Center

  1. 1. Protecting Native Plant Ecosystems of South Texas An Education, Restoration & Research Partnership of the Gulf of Mexico Nature Center
  2. 2. Protecting Native Plant Ecosystems of South Texas Please join us @ Partners: Cameron County, Parks & Recreation, USFWS, Texas Master Naturalists Our objective: Restore and protect coastal wetland habitat, dunes systems and natural resources of the Lower Laguna Madre ecosystem • Provide source of native plants for restoration 1. Dune stabilization – Bitter panicum, sea oats 2. Wetland restoration – Mangroves, chord grass • Education on importance of plants for coastal ecosystems 1. Welcome Center Displays – Sagassum to Sea Grass 2. Native Plant Public Garden – 12 Plant Communities • Initiatives to enhance native plant habitat via restoration 1. Native Plant Propagation via nursery & grow out facilities 2. Restoration Projects with County, City and other initiatives
  3. 3. Protecting Native Plant Ecosystems of South Texas Please join us @ Our progress: • Partnership with Cameron County 1. Plant Center Site 2. Initial CIAP FWS Funding for Welcome Center 3. Coordination on ERP & Dune Protection Projects • Available for Partnership with Property Owners or City of South Padre Island 1. Supply of Native Plants for Mitigation or Dune & Wetland Stabilization • Plant Rescue 20 Mature Palms & Yuccas 1. • Soliciting Funds for Completion of Plant Center Facility & Program 1. Restore Texas Coast, NRDA, NFWF, Corporate, Foundation 2. Public Solicitation for Matching and In-Kind Support
  4. 4. Protecting Native Plant Ecosystems of South Texas Please join us @ Our future: • Plant Propagation • Public Garden Design 1. Plant Ecosystems 2. Plant Species 3. Plant Sources • Educational Program 1. Messages 2. Assistance • Plant Center Operation 1. Guest Volunteers 2. Educational Volunteers 3. Restoration Volunteers
  5. 5. Thanks, Thor Lassen;; (703) 434-1444