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Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Houston Chapter of NPAT Texas Prairie Restoration: One Goal, Multiple Approaches. How past land use dictates restoration efforts. • Andy…

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Pedaling the Prairie - Chisholm Trail Park Wednesday, from 6 – 7pm Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd, Fort…

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Restoration Efforts at the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve Presenter: Bob Mione of Connemara Conservancy Monday, from 6:30pm – 8pm

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Prairie Facts

Update on Prairie Seekers Field Training Program 3-11-17

The Prairie Seekers is a new prairie assessment & mapping program developed by the Fort Worth and Houston chapters of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).

NPAT created data assessment forms and mapping methods, recognized by TPWD as ‘standards’ for identifying flora and fauna during surveys.  Each calendar year Prairie Seekers training events are held throughout Texas; each event is limited to 30 participants.

Update on event held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Chisholm Trail Prairie and Richardson Slough Prairie in the Fort Worth area, hosts were:
Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT,
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge,
Texas Chapter - Society for Ecological Restoration, and
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Trained Prairie Seekers volunteers conducted surveys on March 11, 2017, identifying prairie plants, soils, and ‘reading the land’.  That data collected will be contributed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Texas Natural Diversity Database, TXNDD, and used to identify future prairie conservation opportunities across the state. The Mission of the Texas Natural Diversity Database is to manage and disseminate scientific information on rare species, native plant communities, and animal aggregations for defensible, effective conservation action. The TXNDD and the expertise of its staff facilitate conservation planning, natural resources management, and the design and implementation of ecologically sound development projects.

Here are a few photos (taken by Kate Morgan and Jeff Quayle) showing some of the plant life ‘seekers’ observed over the weekend.