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Fort Worth Native Prairies Association Chapter Meeting:

When: August 11, 2014 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Join us for the first official meeting of the Fort Worth Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas.

At this meeting we will be deciding on programs and projects for the upcoming year. This will be a very important meeting to get the organization going.
There will also be a brief presentation on Conservation Easements.

In June, a meeting was held in Fort Worth to determine the desire to form a new Fort Worth NPAT chapter. The response was overwhelming with 45 attending the meeting.
A steering committee was formed to provide an agenda for the meeting and come up with proposals for the coming year.

Congratulations Fort Worth prairie enthusiasts and members on your efforts and support to protect our native prairie heritage.

Field Trip to Memorial Park Prairie

What: Field trip to Memorial Park Prairie with NPSOT and HNPAT
When: July 17, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park

Thursday, July 17: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. “View Native Prairie Plants Growing in Nature & Tips for Using Them in Your Garden: Field Trip to Memorial Park Prairie”. The Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston (NPSOT-H) and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas are sponsoring monthly one-hour visits to the high quality prairie remnant adjacent to the railroad track and in the Center Point easement in Memorial Par​k. Many prairie plant​s ​rare ​to our area​ grow here. This month we will visit the NE quadrant​. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the pedestrian bridge parking lot south of Memorial Drive. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for specifics. Free. Afterwards go to Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr.) and at 7:30 p.m. hear Michael Eckenfels talk about “Gardening for Bees is Conservation for Everyone” at the NPSOT-H meeting.

July HNPAT Meeting

What: July HNPAT Monthly Meeting
When: Thursday, July 24
Where: 3015 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77057

July HNPAT monthly meeting: “Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects” by Katy Emde, Texas Master Naturalist, board member of the Native Plant Society of Texas – Houston, etc.  Katy’s talk on prairie moths, pollinators, and nocturnal insects will be followed two days later by a field trip to see these insects at Deer Park Prairie.  This two-part event is part of the 2014 Prairie Power Series & RSVP is required for the field trip (see below).  Details: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m.; 3015 Richmond Avenue (parking lot entrance on Eastside), 1st floor conference room. Registered with National Moth Week.

Volunteers Needed for Workdays at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve in July!

NPAT is holding three workdays at the Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities on Saturdays, July 18 & 26, and Monday, July 21 for anyone interested in being involved with this ‘platinum’ prairie, a landmark in Texas land conservation. The main tasks for all workdays are invasive and non-native plant species removal and other maintenance tasks around the prairie. We also have volunteer options inside the air-conditioned Deer Park Prairie Headquarters as well. Food will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers will be allowed to collect limited amount of selected seeds for personal use. Mark your calendar for these opportunities to help promote the health of this one-of-a-kind prairie and to participate in history in the making!

We really need your volunteer hours to satisfy our share of matching funds for a Texas Park and Wildlife Department grant, so we would very much appreciate it if everyone, especially Texas Master Naturalists, would allow NPAT to count your volunteer hours instead of reporting this as TMN or other organizational volunteer hours.

Someone from NPAT will be at Deer Park Prairie during the hours listed below, so please come when you can and stay as long as you are able. If you know ahead of time, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to help us plan.  If you decide at the last minute, please just come.

Saturday, July 19 – 8:00 am – 6:00pm
● Mainly removal of woody invasive plant species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis: We really need help to remove the larger than 2” diameter woody invasive plant species in areas outside of the natural mottes before the brush hog comes through, tentatively in August, to cut the prairie for the first time in about 3 years.
● Lunch and water will be provided

Monday, July 21 – 9:00am – noon
● Mainly removal of woody invasive species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis
● Snacks and water will be provided.

Saturday, July 26 – 8:00am – 7:00pm
● Mainly removal of woody invasive species including Chinese Tallow and Baccharis
● Lunch, water and dinner for field trip participants will be provided
● From 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Katy Emde will be leading a field trip: “Night Flight: Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects” to look for nocturnal insects including native moths. RSVP for this HNPAT - CPP sponsored Prairie Power series is required - REGISTER NOW!
● Come early & volunteer. Have dinner with us. Stay for the moth field trip.

The prairie headquarters are located at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas, however, parking is available at the Primera Iglesia Bautista Church just down the street from the headquarters. This is to prevent any inconvenience to our neighbors by taking their parking spots. Please park at the church and walk down the street and check in at the headquarters when you arrive.

Bring garden gloves and whatever gardening tools that you have (loppers, pruners, chain saw, etc., marked with your name). Some tools will be available on site. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Also good to have: hat, sun screen, bug spray, and long sleeved shirt.

First Dallas Chapter Meeting

We’re happy to announce a new chapter in Dallas, Texas! Details below for our first meeting:

When: July 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, 521 E Lawther Drive,  Dallas, TX 75218
The purpose of the meeting is to find out about how to form a new Native Prairies Association of Texas Chapter. The executive director of NPAT will present information on the association’s activities and how a new chapter can help conserve, restore and educate the public about native prairies. If you are concerned about saving local prairies, preserving our native prairie heritage and restoring our native prairie plants and landscapes then come and find out about the possibilities NPAT offers. All are welcome and please forward this information to other individuals or groups that may be interested.

First Fort Worth Chapter Meeting

Fort Worth has a new NPAT Chapter! See below for our first chapter meeting!

When: July 14th, 6:30 pm.m - 8:00 p.m.
Where: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116

For any and all who want to conserve prairies around the Fort Worth area, who are interested in restoration, using native prairie plants for landscaping and just love prairies should come to this first organizational meeting and find out about the Native Prairies Association of Texas and set prairie “goals” for the new chapter. There is so much to do to educate, restore and conserve and we hope you will join us. All are welcome. Please forward this information to other individuals or groups that may be interested.

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