Central Texas Ecoregion
Texas’ eco-region has a range of natural features, which are important in the understanding of nature. Because of its location and size, Central Texas Region is a different state. It has an area of 266,807 sq, with 15 other American states bordering it. Most of its land has varying climate with diverse habitats. Its topography is diverse and includes Mountain peaks, with its eastern habitats meeting the southern and western subtropical habitats. Texas’ natural regions are Pineywoods, Oakwoods and Prairies, Blackland Prairies, Gulfcoast Prairies and Marshes, Coastal sand plains, South Texas Brush County, Edwards plateau, Llano Uplift, Rolling plains, high plains, and Transpecos (Ricketts & Imhoff 67). In this analysis, we shall focus on ecoregions present in Central Texas.
To understand these features, one has to look at their size, rainfall, vegetation, topography, type of soil, native plant communities and rare plants and animals. This research will dwell on Piney Woods, which extends to Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Here, spines and oaks dominate, together with bottomlands and tall hardwoods. Piney Woods receives 36 to 50 mm of rainfall on average. The ecoregion also experiences high humidity and temperatures, with acidic soils. It has an altitude of 200 to 500 feet above sea level.
In terms of vegetation, Pine Woods has pine and pine-hardwood forests, and natural pastures. Timber and cattle production are the main industries in the region. Notably, longleaf pine forests were common in the southeastern part of the region. Today, dominant trees are loblolly, blackjack oaks and post oak. Hardwoods include magnolia, elm, ash, and sweet gum. It also has swamps, which are common to the southern of the pine-oak forest (Shaw 67).
This information about Central Texas is important and is applicable in landscape design and construction in various ways. It gives an overview of challenges facing rural and the urban environment. This will allow better understanding of the city, towns and other places during landscaping. Thus, it enhances sustainable economic, social and environmental development (Abell 120). It also offers important information on urban planning, through inter-disciplinary approach. With this, graduates get skills and knowledge that is relevant in providing solutions to societal problems.
In summary, knowledge of Central Texas offers information on the background, climate and geographical location. This is crucial in project inception, planning, construction management and design.
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Shaw, B. Robert. Guide to Texas grasses. Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2011. Print
Ricketts, Taylor, and Marc Imhoff. “Biodiversity, urban areas, and agriculture: locating priority ecoregions for conservation.” Conservation Ecology (11955449) 8.2 (2003). Web.