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ALL PRAIRIE ENTHUSIASTS!  REGISTER & ATTEND OUR FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop” Lunch will be provided. All are welcome for all or a…

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The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Saturday, 1pm to 6pm!Enjoy the fall afternoon touring the beautiful

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NPAT and Houston Sierra Club Field Trip: Big Thicket Prairies

What: Field Trip to Big Thicket Prairies
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Meet up for caravan/carpool at Mereyland Plaza at 7:30 a.m. OR Meet at Marysee Prairie at 8:30 a.m.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, join the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) and the Houston Sierra Club on a field trip to several prairies and savannahs in the Big Thicket.  We will first visit Marysee Prairie, which is the only native prairie in the Big Thicket that has been preserved.  Marysee Prairie has been undergoing prairie restoration for 22 years.  We will then visit Hickory Creek Savannah Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve to view a Longleaf Pine – Little Bluestem Savannah.  Finally, we will visit the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve to see a Wetland Pine Savannah.

Bring your daypack, hat, water (three quarts), snacks, binoculars, hiking shoes, camera, field guides, and clothes to fit the weather.  We will eat at a local Warren, Texas restaurant so bring a little cash.

We will meet to carpool/caravan at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot just west of the Starbucks (look for Becks Prime) in Meyerland Plaza.  Starbucks fronts the 4700 block of Beechnut (south side of Beechnut, near the West Loop South).  Look for a Silver Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers.

For those who want to meet us at the first stop of this field trip, Marysee Prairie, the directions from Houston are as follows:

1) Go west on I-610 South and then north on I-610 East across the Houston Ship Channel to I-10 East.

2) As you take the exit to enter I-10 East, instead veer to the left and take U.S. Highway 90 (Crosby Freeway) and go northeast.

3) You will cross the San Jacinto River and pass Crosby.  Keep heading east to Dayton, Texas.

4) You will go east through Dayton, Texas (State Highway (SH) 146 will join U.S. Highway 90 at Dayton) and cross the Trinity River Floodplain on elevated U.S. Highway 90.

5) You will cross the Trinity River and then come into Liberty, Texas.  Continue on U.S. Highway 90 through Liberty until you come to the McDonald’s at Spur 227.

6) Turn left (north) onto Spur 227 and go through downtown Liberty for several miles where Spur 227 will merge with SH 146 North.

7) Continue on SH 146 North about 15 miles until you come to SH 105.

8) Turn right (east) onto SH 105.

9) Go about 3.2 miles until you come to County Road (CR) 2077 which is on the left.

10) Turn left onto CR 2077 and go about one-half mile.  On your right will be a barbed wire fence and a sign that says “Marysee Prairie”.

If you would like to come either Google Houston Sierra Club outings meet-up and sign-up for the trip on that site or CLICK HERE to register now or call Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962.  In case of trip cancellation, you will be notified.

Central Texas Prairie Lovers: Native Plant Rescue

When: Saturday, June 14 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Where: See directions below
What: Native Plants Rescue

Central Texas prairie lovers are planning a rescue of native plants, mainly Little Bluestem, along an expansion of I-35 north of Temple on Saturday June 14, starting at 8 AM, until around 10 AM.

Directions:

The location is north of Temple off I-35.  You take the Loop 363 exit in north Temple and stay right on the excess road. It goes down into drainage area where workers are present. Drive past that and road going back up the hill. The rescue site is on the right all along the road. Most of the good plants are up the hill. Past the new utility posts is private property. If you drive to Berger exit you are to far.

Please Bring:

a sharp shovel, preferably a “shooter,” work gloves, sun protection, closed toe work boots/shoes, drinking water.

We will dig out the plants, pot them, and water, and then WE NEED HOMES FOR THE SUMMER.  Once we get cool weather again and some rain they will be planted at the prairie replication site at Granger Lake.  This is part of the plan to insert sections of little bluestem into small plots where we remove KR.

If you can come on Saturday, please contact me, Nancy Webber 512-657-2302.  “I have room in my truck for 3 more people, leaving from central Austin at 7 AM.
If you can provide a summer home and regular watering to nurse these plants until the fall, please let me know.”

 

June HNPAT meeting - Mardi Grass in June!

Speaker for the JUNE meeting:

Jason Singhurst - Plants of Deer Park Prairie
(Rescheduled from February)
Cajun Prairie in Texas = Mardi Grass in June!

Flora of the Famous Cajun Prairie in Deer Park, Texas by Author and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Botanist, Jason Singhurst. Jason has done extensive studies of the plants in Deer Park Prairie and will share his findings at this meeting.

June 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
3015 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77098, 1st Floor Conference Room
Refreshment 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Starts 7:00 p.m.

2014 Prairie Power Series

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