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Monday, June 3 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Restoration challenge - Returning WWII Camp Wallace Parking Lots to Prairie (1.15 hrs; 1-2:15PM) LIMITED

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Some restoration projects are harder than others. In the southern US, oyster shell was widely used to construct parking lots and roads. Plants can grow up through the shell layer, but it changes the water holding properties and the chemical characteristics of the soil such that the plant community is no longer natural. Is there a cost effective way to restore areas with a foot or two thick layer of oyster shell? Using the University of Houston Coastal Center as an example, presenters will engage the audience in a discussion of possible restoration approaches.


Chelse Prather

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton, Ohio
Dr. Prather has worked on rainforest ecosystems, coastal dunes, and lichen communities on rocks.  Most recently, she has been working with insect communities in coastal tallgrass prairies since 2011.   In these prairies, she has been investigating the role micronutrients like sodium... Read More →

Haille Leija

Habitat Restoration Manager, Galveston Bay Foundation
As the Habitat Restoration Manager at GBF, Ms. Leija oversees the Foundation's Oyster Shell Recycling Program and manages oyster reef restoration and living shoreline projects in an effort to restore and enhance native oyster reef and salt marsh habitat throughout Galveston Bay.

Woody Woodrow

Mr. Woodrow has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for eleven years and is currently based in its Mid-Coast Refuge Office.  Previously, he was with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for over fourteen years and served as the Director of the TPWD Coastal Conservation... Read More →

Monday June 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Room 1217