REGISTER ONLINE TODAY LIMITED AVAILABILITY Blackland NPAT Chapter’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour! RISE & SHINE - Saturday - 7am to…Read more of this >>
Native Plant Sales throughout Texas will continue thru Sunday, May 7 NOW is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or…Read more of this >>
HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location) Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Prairies HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor…Read more of this >>
Location: Harris County
Region: Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes
Size: 51 acres
Ownership: Owned by NPAT with conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy.
A 51 acre example of one of the most endangered ecosystems and called a “platinum prairie” with over 300 native species of plants. Animals that live here include pocket gophers, three-toed box turtles, Eastern meadowlarks, black bellied tree ducks, red-winged blackbirds, black-shouldered kite and many others. Less than 1 % of the 9 million acres of coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana remains. Only a few of the remaining ones are high quality and even fewer can be found within an urban area. This prairie is located in the heart of industrial oil centered Houston metroplex within the city of Deer Park. It is surrounded on three sides by housing subdivisions and on one side by a cemetery. This prairie would now be another housing development if not for the efforts of many prairie groups in the Houston area and around the state. The effort was led by Bayou Land Conservancy in which about 4 million dollars was raised in a few months to buy the prairie and save it. When this amazing feat was accomplished Bayou Land Conservancy immediately donated the property to the Native Prairies Association of Texas to own and care for the prairie. Bayou Land Conservancy holds an easement on the property to protect it from development in perpetuity. This prairie is sometimes called a Cajun prairie because it is often a wet prairie with many species similar to ones found in rare Louisiana coastal prairies.