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HNPAT Chapter Welcomes Jim Blackburn! Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm HNPAT Monthly Chapter meets at Cherie Flores Garden Pavillion at Hermann…

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Prairie Facts

Past News & Events

Falls County Prairies Field Trip

April 12th (Sat.) at 9:30am

Marlin (Falls County east of Waco)

Visit three tallgrass prairie conservation easements (Lehmann Prairie, Wieting Prairie, and Drews Prairie) held by NPAT and Riesel Prairie which is owned by NPAT.

Meet in Marlin at 9:30 AM at the Dairy Queen (1427 Live Oak St) which is on the east side of Marlin close to the northwest corner of the intersection of State Highways 6 and 7.  Click here for directions from Google Maps.

RSVP appreciated but not required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .  If you are coming and don’t RSVP, consider keeping this number with you: 512-669-6532 (mobile).

Texas Prairie Conference

October 18-21, 2007 - Thursday to Saturday

The Blackland and Grand Prairies and Grasslands of the Edwards Plateau

Joint symposium of NPAT and the Native Plant Society of Texas in Georgetown, Williamson County. Great prairie speakers, field trips, vendors, and more! See the symposium web page for more information.

Field Trip to Henrietta Range

July 14-15, 2007 - Saturday and Sunday

Field Trip and Board Meeting

Board meeting on the 14th. NPAT will visit Henrietta Range near Wichita Falls on the 15th. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Other News

New Partners and Affiliations

NPAT has affiliated or partnered with multiple organizations with which we share common goals.  These include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which mentioned NPAT in the latest issue of Wildflower magazine (Summer 2007) along with an short article about a small Blackland Prairie tallgrass prairie restoration at the redevelopment of the former Mueller airport in Austin.

See the complete list of partners and affiliations on our web site.

Texas Prairie Coalition Meeting

June 25, 2007 - Monday 1pm

First TPC Meeting

The Texas Prairie Coalition (TPC) is a group of private and public organizations and individuals active in native prairie conservation, restoration, and/or education in Texas. Meeting in Lewisville, TX north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wildflower Tour of Bear Creek Ranch

June 9, 2007 - Saturday 10am-1pm

See tallgrass prairie and other habitat in the Fort Worth Prairie

Owned by the Dixon Water Foundation, the 1700 acre Bear Creek Ranch supports deep soiled tallgrass prairie, limestone glades, and streamside forest. Come see this spectacular part of the Fort Worth Prairie.

The Nature Conservancy’s Jim Eidson will talk about natural history, and Robby Tuggle, ranch manager, will talk about sustainable grazing.

Located at 2701 Bear Creak Rd., Aledo, TX 76008. Click here for directions.

For more information, contact the Nature Conservancy’s Jim Eidson, 903-568-4139, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also see the field trip flyer.

Parker County Poor Farm Tour

June 8, 2007 - Friday 10am-1pm

See prairie on Grand Prairie limestone outcrops

The Poor Farm is owned by Parker County is in planning stages for development for some type of preserve, nature park or a natural area with minimal development. It is a 256 acre property, with good examples of Grand Prairie limestone outcrops (50-60 acres of Little Bluestem-Indiangrass prairie), Western Cross Timbers ecosystems, seasonal creeks, one small pond, old fields and orchards, and disturbed areas along roadways. There are also gas wells on the property for the county, which hopefully some of the revenue will go back to the Poor Farm project.

From Weatherford, at the corner of I-20 and FM 51, go west on the access road to Tin Top Road. Home Depot is on the right. Turn left onto Tin Top Road and go south approximately 1 mile to Leea Ln on the left. Leea Ln deadends at the gate to the Poor Farm. Meet at the gate at 10:00am.

For more information, contact Jeff Quayle, 817-729-0283, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also see the Poor Farm web site.

Upcoming Prairie Field Trips and Events

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See the News and Events web page for more events and information.

Parker County Poor Farm Tour - June 8, 2007 - Friday 10am-1pm
256 acre property contains 50-60 acres of Little Bluestem-Indiangrass prairie on Grand Prairie limestone outcrops
For more information, contact Jeff Quayle, 817-729-0283, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also see the Poor Farm web site.

Wildflower Tour of Bear Creek Ranch - June 9, 2007 - Saturday 10am-1pm
Owned by the Dixon Water Foundation, the 1700 acre Bear Creek Ranch supports deep soiled tallgrass prairie, limestone glades, and streamside forest. Come see this spectacular part of the Fort Worth Prairie.
The Nature Conservancy’s Jim Eidson will talk about natural history, and Robby Tuggle, ranch manager, will talk about sustainable grazing.
Located at 2701 Bear Creak Rd., Aledo, TX 76008. Click here for directions.
For more information, contact the Nature Conservancy’s Jim Eidson, 903-568-4139, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also see the field trip flyer.

Texas Prairie Coalition Meeting - June 25, 2007 - Monday 1pm
The Texas Prairie Coalition (TPC) is a group of private and public organizations and individuals active in native prairie conservation, restoration, and/or education in Texas.
Meeting in Lewisville, TX north of Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Contact Jason Spangler, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512-736-4199, for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Get involved with prairie conservation, restoration, and education!

1.  NPAT is looking for volunteers to organize and lead prairie field trips, identify and record prairie remnants, educate people about native prairies, advocate prairie conservation and restoration to local groups and agencies, and to serve on the NPAT board.  Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512-772-4741 if interested.

2.  TPWD is looking for volunteers to help at a prairie booth near the small Indiangrass/Little Bluestem prairie planting during the TPWD Expo grounds in Austin.  They are looking for volunteers with a “passion for prairies who like to work with kids”.  October 6-7, 9am to 5pm.  They can offer an Expo t-shirt and tickets to the Expo banquet on Saturday evening.  Contact: Pat Morton, 512-912-7020 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Prairie Property for Sale

NPAT members have seen the following possibly native prairie sites for sale.  These could be good conservation buyer properties for restoring prairie along with a conservation easement.  For more information, contact Jason Spangler, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512-736-4199.

1.  180 acres near Bruceville-Eddy (Blackland Prairie) and I-35 of degraded tallgrass prairie (south of Waco).  Site contains Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Ceanothus, Wild Hyacinth, Prairie Celestial, Standing Winecup, Barbara’s Buttons, Perennial Paintbrush, Liatris, including endemics White Silphium and Pale-Leaf Yucca.  A wooded stream runs through property, and an asphalt driveway already exists.  Site seems mostly native, with mostly seeding of climax native grasses and brush control needed for restoration.

2.  80 acres near Paris (Blackland Prairie) with Silveus Dropseed-Longspike Tridens prairie including prairie flowers/forbs such as Liatris and Giant Coneflower.  Property contains a house, workshop, and pond.

3.  500 acres near Paris (Blackland Prairie) of possibly degraded Silveus Dropseed-Longspike Tridens prairie used as pasture, near Smiley-Woodfin Meadow.

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