The 2016 Texas and Cajun Prairies Symposium was held at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, LA, September 24-25, and co-hosted with the Coastal Prairie Partnership, Cajun Prairie Historical Society, and the Native Prairies Association of Texas. The symposium included approximately 100 Texas and Cajun prairie experts, native plant advocates, Texas and Louisiana Master Naturalists, and private landowners. Notable participants included representatives from the following entities: USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA NRCS, Native American Seed, Gulf Coast Prairie LCC, Katie Prairie Conservancy, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and the USFWS.
The symposium included a Cajun fais do-do (social) co-hosted by the UL Ecology Center in which participants received a tour of their Pure Native program which cultivates over 50 native prairie plant species for use in prairie restoration efforts. Activities concluded Sunday morning with a guided tour of two Cajun Prairie Restorations. The event was informative, engaging, inspiring, and downright fun!