Balcones Canyonlands Project, Notes from ATLAS Crew

February 2020

This week, Atlas Crew worked with biologist Julie Murray at the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Our objective was to remove a wide variety of invasive species, including chinaberry, tree of heaven, periwinkle, ligustrum, nandina, and others. Due to the return of the golden cheek warbler, we were not allowed to use chainsaws or other disruptive methods that might upset the birds’ migratory behaviors.

Julie taught the crew to recognize the subtle differences between some native and invasive plant species. Her passion for the BCP is obvious, and her knowledge of the local flora and fauna is extensive. Our crew was lucky to get to work with her on this project.

While the progress we made combating invasive species felt small, I know that the work we did this week is part of a much larger effort that will ultimately protect the BCP for years to come.

-Angela Martin

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