NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

NSM Video: UH Coastal Center: Aerial Spraying to Manage Invasive Species

The tallow tree, once considered a popular tree that could provide much-needed shade to Houston homes due to its fast growth, is being targeted for removal at the University of Houston Coastal Center.

In fall 2022, the Coastal Center used a helicopter to spray herbicide on 100 acres of tallow trees.

The tallow, which is not native to the U.S., is considered invasive throughout the southeastern U.S. and has gradually become the Coastal Center’s dominant exotic species over the years. The uncontrolled tallow growth has replaced native prairie species in areas that could be restored to coastal prairie.

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