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Water Weed-Devouring Weevils Helping Clear up Caddo Lake

December 20, 2018 | By TH Staff

Anglers and paddlers, rejoice: Caddo Lake is back.

Once largely overrun by giant salvinia, a highly invasive aquatic fern, the lake has benefited from a combination of freezing weather last winter and the release of more than 200,000 salvinia-munching weevils—the same kind that keep salvinia in check in the noxious weed’s native Brazil, the Marshall News Messenger reports.

4 Must-See Fall Foliage Spots in Texas

September 18, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

Fall color takes the right kind of trees, meaning deciduous hardwoods. These types of trees practice a sort of winter hibernation, turning off production of chlorophylls, a green pigment in the leaves responsible for producing energy for the tree. Without that green, other leaf pigments become visible, including yellow xanthophyll and orange carotenoids, or the leaf turns shades of brown. Some of the best color comes from Texas red oaks and other oaks, flameleaf sumac, cedar elm, cottonwoods, walnut, sycamore, and, of course, maples—all trees found only in certain parts of the state, at least in any significant numbers.

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Caddo Lake

August 7, 2017 | By

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“I rented a kayak and paddled my way across the tea-colored water and green lawns of giant salvinia.

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