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This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Native Prairies Association of Texas. Topics include prairie conservation with an emphasis on pollinators and birds, prairie economics and restoration. Several great field trips are planned across the greater Houston area. Topics are aimed at newcomers to prairies, as well as prairie enthusiasts, professional restorationists and educators. Visit the conference website at www.southernplainsconference.org for more information.
We are still looking for sponsors for the 2015 Southern Plains & Prairies Conference. Please join us in this important work. Together we can protect and rebuild prairies now and for future generations. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and welcome any referrals you can make to others who might want to become part of this year’s conference.
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Project Name: Tanglewood Prairie Invasive Plant Stewardship Days
Dates and Times:
Wednesday Oct 21; 9am to 12pm
Saturday Oct 31; 9am to 12pm
Sunday Nov 22; 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday Dec 16; 9am to 12pm
Meeting Location: Parking lot of Peterson Food Mart, 8851 US-77, Lexington, TX 78947. Will carpool from there to the Preserve, which is located at 30.478137, -96.99091
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate. Relatively flat area, but will need to walk distances through thick native grasses to get to work area. Extensive bending and dragging of brush.
Activity Goal: To remove invasive woody plant species that are invading a little bluestem-brownseed paspalum prairie.
Activity Details: After a brief safety orientation at the meeting location, we will carpool to the worksite, and from there, take a short hike to the work area, a fully open, sunny prairie. There we will cut invasive shrubs and small trees down, and paint their cut stumps with an herbicide solution (a licensed herbicide applicator will be on hand and supervise the application). Cut material will then be dragged to edges of the prairie and stacked for eventual burning. Loppers and small handsaws will be our primary tools. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed toed shoes, preferably hiking or work boots. Participants should also bring a bottle of water, a snack, and dress for the weather. Staff will be available to assist with plant identification.
Participants Need to Bring: Water bottle that can be refilled and carried with them. Work gloves. Loppers and small tree saws are preferable if you have them. Volunteers are allowed to use their own chainsaws, but must wear all appropriate safety gear. Wear clothing appropriate for field work.
Essential Project Needs and Safety Considerations:
• Activity will not occur in rainy conditions.
• Those with allergies to bee stings or fire ants should be prepared as necessary.
• Nearest medical facility is approximately 15 minutes away. A first aid kit will be available on site.
• Volunteers will be working with heavy and/or sharp tools.
• Volunteers will be walking over muddy and uneven terrain.
• There is the possibility participants may encounter snakes, spiders, scorpions and other wildlife.