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Prairie Facts

Michelle Villafranca

Fort Worth


Michelle Villafranca became a member of the board of directors in 2016.

She also serves as the Secretary of NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter, of which she is a founding member. She has worked closely with TPWD, NPAT and volunteers to develop the Prairie Seekers Prairie Assessment and Mapping Program. She also aids in organizing state and national prairie conferences, including the 2014 State of the Prairie conference and the upcoming 2017 America’s Grasslands conference, both in Fort Worth.

Michelle is a Natural Resource Specialist at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States), a 3,621 acre refuge with more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Michelle is responsible for oversight of the Restoration Greenhouse & Seed Collection Program and restoration projects using plant material from the greenhouse. She oversees many natural resource projects with the help of volunteers including but not limited to invasive species control, trail maintenance, and establishing biological surveys to determine baseline data to monitor habitat restoration activities. She also organizes special events and provides public education opportunities.

Michelle actively contributes to collaborative projects at other City parks and storm water sites, as well as working with other organizations on regional projects and conferences.

Michelle started with the City of Fort Worth as a Forester in 2004 where she organized tree-planting events and coordinated volunteer projects.  Before the City, she worked for various conservation & land management agencies (US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy & an environmental consulting firm) as a biologist (bird and vegetation surveys, endangered species monitoring, and wildland firefighting).

Michelle also serves as the North Texas Representative on the board of directors of the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration.