Simpson Prairie Description

Size: 50 acres (out of 80 acres) Ownership: Owned by Mike and Marliss Williams with a conservation easement held by NPAT. After growing up in the area and learning about prairies, Mike remembered seeing prairie before the area of Simpson Prairie became overgrazed. Mike then searched for and found part of the overgrazed prairie, purchased it, and restored Simpson Prairie. Mike has used seed hay from Simpson Prairie in area prairie restoration and plantings. Simpson Prairie is a prairie remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) are dominant grasses.

Simpson Prairie

Prairie people explore Simpson Prairie
Prairie people explore…
Prairie Foxglove (Penstemon cobea)
Prairie Foxglove (Penstemon…
Winecup
Winecup
Berlandier’s Sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri)
Berlandier’s Sundrops…
Standing Winecup
Standing Winecup
Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha sp.)
Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha…
Mike Williams, who saved, restored, and protected Simpson Prairie
Mike Williams, who saved,…
Little Bluestem and Sundrops show the beauty of the Lampasas Cut Plains
Little Bluestem and Sundrops…
Buffalograss dominates a small recovering part of the prairie
Buffalograss dominates…
Berlandier’s Sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri)
Berlandier’s Sundrops…
Perennial Paintbrush
Perennial Paintbrush
Pale-leaf Yucca and Little Bluestem
Pale-leaf Yucca and Little…
Perennial Paintbrush
Perennial Paintbrush
   
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