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“We are pleased to offer a presentation by George Cates of Native American Seed Company addressing native prairie maintenance issues. The details of the presentation are below. The event is open to the public, but we are announcing first to our organization members and friends. If you are interested, please do not delay in reserving a spot as we expect to have a full house. Also, feel free to circulate this information within your agency, organization, business or otherwise. If you would like a flier for posting, just let us know.
“ESTABLISHMENT OF NEWLY SEEDED NATIVE PRAIRIES”
“The Seeds Have Sprouted – Now What?”
Native American Seed Company
Saturday, June 9, 2012
1:30 – 2:30 PM
9411 W. Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78733
Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization
The Laura Bush Community Library
Native prairie restoration requires much more than simply planting native grass and wildflower seeds. A rigorous monitoring and maintenance program is essential, especially in the early stages, to create the best opportunity for success. Based on his experience in planting, maintaining, and restoring native prairies as a part of his work with Native American Seed, Mr. Cates will emphasize the key steps required to establish a native prairie for the long term when it is held in the public trust.
George Cates began interning for Native American Seed in 2002 and was hired full time after graduating Austin College in 2006 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. For the past decade, he has participated in and led many NAS prairie restorations utilizing seeds harvested across the many ecoregions of Texas. George also manages NAS farming and seed production operations in Junction, TX. He has a remarkable capacity for looking at problems as “challenges” to be met, and the kind of willingness to learn that is a priceless asset. He loves to teach and share what he has learned through his experiences.
Native American Seed of Junction, Texas, is based at the center of nine ecoregions. The company’s mission is to help people restore the earth by offering a wide diversity of 100% locally adapted native species. Practical solutions for eco-logical land management and responsible beauty are goals that we can all achieve by working together using the best management practices available.
Commons Ford Prairies Restoration Organization is a community organization which has developed a partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation Department to carry out its goal of implementing a native prairie restoration project at Commons Ford Park. The organization has worked with other partners on the project including Austin Parks Foundation, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Travis Audubon Society and Native Prairies Association of Texas and has received grants from Austin Parks Foundation, TogetherGreen (National Audubon Society/Toyota), Field Guides and Patagonia.