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was introduced in 2016 by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. That event had a very positive effect! We hope to continue the tradition!
• Signs will be posted along the route to publicize our event and draw attention to the problem.
• We will be pulling Rapistrum rugosum, savage cabbage; a.k.a. bastard cabbage.
• Rapistrum rugosum: is an invasive species growing to heights from 1’ to 5’. Its basal leaves and size threaten native wildflowers by blocking sunlight to seedlings and mature plants. It is a very hearty annual plant; so pull it up by its robust taproot, and we’ll be pretty successful in removing it.!!!
• SAFETY FIRST - COME PREPARED: WEAR SUNSCREEN, GLOVES, A PROTECTIVE HAT, LONG PANTS AND CLOSED-TOE SHOES. Bring your refillable water bottle, hand shovel, weeding stick, or long screwdriver.
• This outdoor event is open to volunteers of all ages! We want to ensure everyone’s safety; so volunteers in Grades 1-8 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling (HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER).
• Certificates for 3 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE are provided.
• Monitor this site as the event MAY BE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!
“Get your own bash going” - “Be a “Cabbage Spotter” Check our Fort Worth NPAT’s link above.
-Take advantage of this opportunity to explore NPAT’s western-most prairie.
-We hope there will be a spring wildflower show, and birds and insects should be active.
The 2016 Wimberley RETREET I was an exciting event; RETREETERS and volunteers planted 200+ trees at 37 home sites in Wimberley, reviving a sense of hope following the devasting 2015 Memorial Day flood. The 2017 Wimberley RETREET II promises that even more trees will be planted (thanks to dedicated RETREETERS and area volunteers), leaving Wimberley even stronger and more beautiful!
RETREET, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, engages communities (in which locals are rebuilding their lives in the midst of devastation) to plant trees. RETREET became a reality in 2011 after Dallas native, Grady McGahan, followed the stories of wildfires which devastated Bastrop State Park and Lost Pines Forest over Labor Day weekend, 2011. Tropical Storm Lee collided with the extremely high Texas heat, and more than 63 wildfires were ignited across Texas. Mr. McGahan learned no local, state or national organization was focusing on the replacement of trees that had been lost due to natural disasters.
• A RETREET is a weekend-long event when volunteers visit an impacted area and work with locals planting trees. The 1st RETREET was in Bastrop, TX, January, 2012, when more than 50 volunteers helped plant 220 trees in more than 35 residents’ yards.
• Since then RETREET has worked with communities following natural disasters in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma City, New York, and Ontario, Canada.
• Jeff Quayle, of Fort Worth NPAT Chapter, has organized and will lead this Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip.
• Explore this 10-acre Blackland Prairie Remnant, acquired and preserved by the City of Arlington!
(A remnant prairie is an original, native, natural community that has survived on a site to the present day, has never been plowed, and was once part of a larger, original landscape.)
• You can expect to see flora that include: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans).
• We are very proud of the City of Fort Worth for preserving their ‘first’ remnant prairie, and it’s in the middle of the walking path!
Host/Sponsor: “LLELA”the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (Check day’s schedule)
LLELA is 2600 acres comprised of 4 ecosystems: 1) Cross Timbers on the west side, 2) Bottomland hardwood forest, 3) Riparian corridor with associated wetlands; 4) Blackland prairie.
BIOBLITZ (‘bahy-oh –blits’) Is a 1-day survey to identify every living thing in a chosen place. LLELA’s BioBlitz will be an informal event.
-Local experts will guide ‘groups’ surveying the different plants and critters found in each ecosystem.
-Each group will include folks with eyes open and curiosity in top gear.
-Everyone is welcome, it’ll be a good time! SHARE your passion and pass on knowledge to others!
LLELA is operating under the strategic plan developed in 2014 by the City of Lewisville, University of North Texas, and Lewisville ISD (with approval from and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: USACE).
Now is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit botanical gardens and nature centers; you’ll be glad you came!
Support local projects:
April 29, Amarillo – Amarillo Botanical Gardenfest 9-2
April 29, Longview – Our Northeast Texas Chapter will have a sale at Jake’s Feed Store at 8 am.
April 29, Atlanta – Caddo Wildflower Chapter Sale, Cass County Expo Building. Presentation 8:30, Sale 9:00-12:00
April 29-30, El Paso – Flora Fest at Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, University of Texas El Paso campus, 9-4 both days, featuring plants of the Chihuahua Desert
May 6, Dallas – Native Plant & Prairie Day. Dallas Chapter will sell plants at White Rock Lake Bath House & Cultural Center 10-3
May 6, Arlington – Spring Plant Sale at River Legacy Park 10-2
We recently posted these 2017 Wildflower Forecasts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
“Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt,” Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the Center’s Director of Horticulture. “Wildflower season is taking off faster than you expect,” K. Angel Horne, author and the Center’s PR & Marketing Coordinator.
• Our Central Texas spring wildflower season DID arrive earlier than usual this year, and we’ve enjoyed EVERY moment of the bright displays which began early in March!
• Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for your expert predictions!
• We encourage you to continue monitoring their site for wildflower updates!
• Photo: Brenda Jackson: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush & verbena near Brenham, TX, March, 2014.
Prairie Seekers are those who want to help NPAT find remaining remnant prairies and begin a process to document and hopefully save them!
• Experienced Prairie Seekers desired!
• Novices are welcome to observe the process and get trained in finding prairies.
• The results of our quest will be recorded on data forms developed jointly by NPAT and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and will be entered into TPWD’s “Natural Systems” database.
8:30 a.m. MEET @ NPAT’s Deer Park Prairie
We will carpool from DPP to Chambers County (and visit pre-selected prairie sites and maybe find a few new ones)!
We will stop for lunch @ a restaurant in Winnie, TX.
This promises to be a fun day that will include a visit to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
REMEMBER BRING your:
insect repellant, and
(Photo part of series DearTexas.com)
• This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
• Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
• You will want to hear the award winning naturalist, photographer, and author, Brian Loflin, speak about his book Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide.
• Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide, “a photographic guide to grasses, gives all who have been frustrated trying to identify these difficult plants, an easy-to-use, visually precise, and information-packed field guide to seventy-seven native and introduced species that grow in the Texas Hill Country and beyond.”
“With a blade of grass in hand, open this book and find:
• Handy thumb guides to seedhead type, the most visible distinguishing characteristic to begin identification.
• Color photographs of stands of grasses and detailed close-ups.
• Concise information about economic uses, habitat, range, and flowering season.
• Quick-reference icons for native status, toxicity, growing season, and grazing response.”
Barnes & Noble.
In 2016 more than 70 people registered to learn more about helping native prairies and prairie species, such as Monarchs, by growing native seeds in their own backyards!
Amaon G. Carter, Jr., Downtown YMCA
Presenter: Martin Underwood, USACE Biologist at Benbrook Lake.
Mr. Underwood will provide an overview of the project lands, pertinent policies, history/status of tallgrass prairie in North Texas, and management practices USACE uses with limited staffing, budget, & policies to protect and improve our valued resources.
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE link) is probably the largest public land owner in the DFW metroplex.
• There are a variety of management issues including managing lands for native vegetation including remnant & restorable prairies.
• Valuable lessons for landowners of remnant and restorable prairies!
Presenter: Kenneth Steigman, Ph.D., Director of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will speak on prairie restoration efforts conducted there, including their relationship with University of North Texas whose students assist with efforts.
Dr. Steigman was formerly sanctuary manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Details and Directions are available at the Chapter’s website.
• MARK YOUR CALENDER - PLEASE RESERVE THESE DATES - March 7 and April 5, 2017
• Attend an NPAT meeting NEAR YOU!!
• Join us, meet your neighbors, learn more about NPAT and what your local chapter can do!
TONIGHT - TUESDAY, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SAN ANTONIO, TX
Details appear on the flyer below.
Join local citizens at the Longhorn Café, 17625 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232
Enjoy the opportunity to formalize NPAT’s newest chapter: The San Antonio Chapter!
Presenters: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director; Don Kirchoff, NPAT Board member & NPAT Conservation Easement Landowner, Wilson County, TX.
There is immeasurable potential for you to learn about land conservancy; you can volunteer your time and skills assisting land owners like Mr. Kirchoff, achieve goals that will help him make progress in the task of restoring the prairie, all while you are “experiencing a Texas Prairie”!
MEETING of the CEN-TEX CHAPTER
Location: Georgetown Public Library 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Presenter: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director, “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”
Cen-Tex Chapter is comprised of an Saba, Llano, Lampasas, Burnet, Coryell, Bell, Williamson, Travis, McLennan, Falls, Milam, and Lee Counties (listed from west to east).]
“Burrowing Owls near Dell City, TX” Photo by Randy Rakes