Bayou and Beyond, the Partnership’s 20-year master plan
called for a separate division within the organization to specialize
in the conservation of Buffalo Bayou and its unique riparian corridor.
Important Guide to Houston-area Invasives Now Available:
The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area is available on request from the Galveston Bay Estuary Program or the Houston Advanced Research Center. This handy guide will help gardeners, land managers, and landscape architects identify invasive plants that can be harmful to local habitats. The guide suggests methods of invasive plant control as well as native plant alternatives which are better choices for planting because they can help provide food and habitat for wildlife, require less water and are easy to maintain.
Invasive plants identified in the guide are species of plants from other parts of the world that, when planted in the Houston-Galveston region, survive, reproduce and crowd out native plants. They eventually harm local habitats and the wildlife that depend on them. Examples of invasive plants include: Chinese tallow, deep-rooted sedge, and water hyacinth. On an annual basis, invasive plants and animals cost this country nearly $137 billion in economic losses and control costs.
Here at Buffalo Bayou Parternship, eliminating the invasive species along the Buffalo Bayou waterway is an ongoing battle. Our top invaders include Giant Ragweed, Chinaberry Tree and Japanese Honeysuckle.