On March 8-11, 2016 the Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council (TIPPC) and Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI) hosted the sixth statewide conference on invasive species at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Autumn Smith-Heron, Director of Texas Invasive Species Institute served as the Program Chair and Dr. Jerry Cook, Executive Director of the Texas Invasive Species Institute and Associate Vice President of Research served as the Conference Host.

TIPPC Conference - Autumn Smith-Herron TIPPC Conference - Jerry Cook

The Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council conference is a professional level meeting that includes keynote addresses, concurrent sessions, posters, field trips, and symposia. The TIPPC conference is designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, the green industry and other professionals interested in invasive species issues in the state of Texas.

The major goals of the conference are to: foster statewide collaboration among the diverse interests that share in the common goal of protecting Texas from the threat of invasive species; facilitate communication among stakeholders who have a vested interest in invasive species; provide a venue for sharing information about prevention, early detection, control & management, information management, and research; and raise public awareness of the problems posed by invasive species in the state of Texas.

TIPPC Conference - Jerry Cook TIPPC Conference - Autumn Smith-Herron and Conference Participant

SHSU’s TISI is proud to have hosted the 2016 meeting, which, despite inclement weather, boasted an attendance of 74 participants. While field trips scheduled for this year’s conference unfortunately had to be canceled due to rain, the meeting still ran strong with $6,000 in students awards and travel grants given, plenary and concurrent sessions featuring the latest in invasive species prevention, early detection, management, information sharing and research, trade exhibits, poster sessions, workshops and moderated discussions.