—-We’re planning Hikes & Field Trips!—-

Local hikes at parks and ranches, and special trips to NPAT property and conservation easements! Interactive, educational prairie walks, paced for the abilities of the participating audience per event. Prairies are dynamic and ever-changing, and we believe that the best way to ‘know’ a prairie is to visit it throughout the year and observe its plants, grasses, birds, insects, amphibians, and geology! (Keep a look-out on NPAT’s “News & Events” and Chapters’ webpages as well as each Facebook page.)

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Accreditation Awarded to NPAT

NPAT Earns National Recognition,

“Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence,”  The Land Trust Accreditation Commission

San Marcos, Texas (Feb. 28, 2018) – At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1986 Native Prairies Association of Texas has been doing just that for the people of Texas. NPAT proudly announces it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.

The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Accreditation demonstrates Native Prairies Association of Texas’s commitment to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. We are saving a Lone Star legacy. 

Native Prairies Association of Texas had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means all the NPAT projects will be protected forever, special places such as Paul Mathews Prairie, Daphne Prairie, the Clymer Meadows Prairies, Maddin Prairie Preserve, making Texas an even greater place for us and our children. 

NPAT’s accreditation signifies the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s confidence that NPAT’s lands will be protected forever.  It certifies NPAT follows “national quality standards that promote excellent stewardship, sound finances and effective governance!”

The Land Trust Alliance and The Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Alliance was founded in 1982 and is a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. It is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices; their leadership serves the entire land trust community. Their work represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state. Their education programs are excellent; they improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska.  The LTA has comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation including new partners, new programs and new priorities. Read more: landtrustaccreditation.org”.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. It inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. Read more: www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

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“The prairie acts like a sponge”, a major attribute of a healthy prairie.

During week of March 5 heavy rains fell on the area SE of San Antonio, including Kirchoff Family Farm in Wilson County! “Yes, 4 inches of rain in a short time and a heavy hail storm. I arrived about an hour after the hail and saw hail on the ground for at least three more hours before it melted. The hail was small and shrubs had not yet popped open, so very little damage was done. And because the prairie grasses are so thick, there was no run-off.” Don Kirchoff Coowner & Prairie Restorer!

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Paul Mathews Prairie is Protected in Perpetuity

Thanks to all who made donations toward the purchase of this beautiful land: there will be NO agricultural, commercial or industrial activity, the natural habitat will NOT be disturbed, and there will be NO trapping, hunting, or excavating! 

Experience Paul Mathews Prairie 1st-hand this spring and summer:
field trips, workshops, presentations, volunteer opportunities and MORE!
Monitor NPAT’sNews & Events! for notices of ‘walking the prairie’ and other learning opportunities! Photo: Paul Mathews Prairie, Pat Merkord

 

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MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT NPAT:

IT’S SPRING. TIME TO MAKE SPACE IN YOUR DRIVEWAY!

DONATE your TRUCK, BOAT, or CAR to NPAT! It’s TAX DEDUCTIBLE!


Photo: Handmade Base

There’s no towing charge. 
Have your title handy.  Careasy offers two options:
Go online to: Careasy.com and arrange everything
OR call 855-500-7433 and speak with someone to discuss the process.
Soon your vehicle will be safely towed away!

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SHOP AMAZON.COM?

Log onto AMAZONSMILE.COM with your Amazon.com login.

SHOP & DONATE TO NPAT!

Designate NPAT as the Charity of your Choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases from your purchase and distribute these funds on a quarterly basis.

Here’s how it works:
Sign in to smile.amazon.com.
Select the link in this statement: “To change your charitable organization: Sign in to simle.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.”
You’ll see “Select a Charity”
CLICK IN THE EMPTY BOX labeled: “Or pick your own charitable organization”.
Type in Native Prairies Association of Texas and click SEARCH.  Native Prairies Association of Texas will appear.
CLICK IN THE BOX next to “Yes, I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support Native Prairies Association of Texas.”
CLICK on Start Shopping

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NPAT’s ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS

Access issues of the Texas Prairie Blaze eNewsletters at Newsletters section!
Back issues of the Texas Prairie News are in the Newsletters section!

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WANT TO RECEIVE NPAT’s eNewsletter, emails and/or Chapter emails?
NO NEED TO BE A MEMBER!
Your personal information remains CONFIDENTIAL!
ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS BOX BELOW - CLICK on SUBMIT.
Follow the prompts and enter your preferences in the “Comment” box.

—Shell Oil Company—Prairie Conservation and Education!

SHELL OIL COMPANY has demonstrated the significance of conserving prairies and is focusing on educational opportunities in its own backyard, in Deer Park, TX, where one of its largest facilities is located!
(Display of logo authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

$68K GRANT to NPAT’s LAWTHER DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE, Deer Park, TX

Shell recently awarded NPAT a $68K Grant to create an Environmental Education Coordinator position to serve at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), a most generous jesture which will benefit many local teachers and students!  This Coordinator will develop an educational program: train teachers to teach the prairie and facilitate a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s (including the greater Houston area): boy scouts, girl scouts and private schools, chambers of commerce, and local newspapers. The Environmental Educator Coordinator will also have opportunities to work with universities interested in planning programs and research projects at the prairie preserve.

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Support NPAT through Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s

Wildlife Diversity Program,

“Wild for Texas Collection”.

Each year TPWD accepts Project Proposals from many Texas conservation organizations. Selected organizations then receive GRANT FUNDING. NPAT is grateful to be among those selected in 2018!
These grants are funded through the sales of 3 specific Texas Wildlife Diversity Program’s Conservation License Plates (CLPs): “HUMMINGBIRD”, “RATTLESNAKE” and “HORNED LIZARD”. 
SO, we encourage you to REPLACE YOUR PLATES WITH a set of TPWD Wildlife Conservation License Plates!
SUPPORT NPAT and other TEXAS CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS! (SPREAD THE WORD…tell friends & family!)

Texas is home to tens of thousands of native animal and plant species. These species form the fabric of over 800 habitat types, from bottomland hardwood forests, big tooth maple canyons, to black grama grassland that blanket the state. Hundreds of these animals and plant species occur only in Texas and nowhere else in the world.”  TPWD

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NPAT CHAPTERS EVENTS

Blackland (Dallas), Fort Worth; Houston, CenTex and San Antonio Chapters: News & Events page.

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NPAT PRAIRIES UPDATES

These links lead to our latest collections of reports and photos at these NPAT Prairies: Deer Park Prairie, the Kirchoff Family Farm and Maddin Prairie Preserve:
Click here for Deer Park Prairie Updates,
Click here for Maddin Prairie Preserve Updates;
Click here for Kirchoff Family Farm Updates.