February Chapter Meeting – Survivor Plants in Urban Areas

Survivor Plants in Urban Areas, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Wednesday, February 3 at 7 pm

Ricky Linex, Retired Wildlife Biologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Zoom Link for Registration

This presentation will look at plants that have survived, thrived and adapted to now living in a North Texas urbanized area.  Much of the metroplex was  grazed by early settlers prior to being converted to farmland beginning in the late 1800’s.  As the population grew the farms and ranches were mostly pushed out and replaced with asphalt and concrete surrounding homes and businesses.  Plan to attend to learn how plant diversity, both native and introduced, has changed over the past 200 years.  What makes a plant a survivor?  Over time man has created great changes in the flora of the region.  We will discuss historical plant communities and how they have changed, and what it would take to slow and reverse the present trend.

Riparian Zone

The West Fork of the Trinity River in Jack county with good riparian vegetation still present, thanks to good grazing management over a long period of time.


Ricky Linex is a wildlife biologist having recently retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service where he worked 38.5 years. Over the previous 18 years, Ricky served 52 counties in north-central Texas and authored Range Plants of North Central Texas A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification Value and Management. His assistance to landowners and managers involved mutual education on how to better manage rangelands for sustainable use by livestock and wildlife. Knowing the plants and how to manage them is critical for success as a land steward.

For a master naturalist tribute to Ricky upon his retirement, read here.


Zoom link will be available about a week prior to meeting. You will need to sign in with both first and last names for your AT to be counted.

Announcements begin at 7 pm. Speaker begins at approximately 7:30 pm.

If you’re not familiar with Zoom, arrive 6:45 pm to set your audio levels and learn the system.

Cameral Roll slideshow to start at 6:30.

Approved for 1 hour AT. Report to AT: NTX Chapter Meeting (put February meeting and speaker name in comments).

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