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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 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 Davis Street. The public is invited.
The program will look at the drought effects on trees and what residents 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 rainfall 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 kill most species of plants.
Blevins graduated with a BS in Forest Science in 1983 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked with the US Forest Service in Texas and Wyoming before joining the Texas Forest Service for the past 30 years. Since 1991, Courtney has been a Regional Urban Forester.
The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets the 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 the website http://npsot.org/CrossTimbers or call Eileen Porter, 817-596-5567. The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.