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A Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration, SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.Join for a delightful evening at the historic“Landmark on Lee Street,”Register…

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NPAT’s HOUSTON CHAPTER Monthly Meeting - 4th Wednesday, Come at 6:30pm; the featured talk starts at 7:00pm. Amie Treuer-Kuehn of

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HNPAT’s “FALL PRAIRIE DAY”Saturday, 9:30 am –  2 pm at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie…

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Prairie Facts

Riesel Prairie

Location: Falls County near Marlin
Region: Blackland Prairie
Size: 5 acres
Ownership: Owned by NPAT. Donated by Dr. Paul and Virginia Mezynski.


Dr. Paul and Virginia Mezynski protected Riesel Prairie permanently for future generation by donating the prairie to NPAT. Dr. Paul Mezynski is a past president of NPAT.

Site Description

Riesel Prairie is a tallgrass prairie remnant of the Blackland Prairie. Texas’ Blackland Prairie is part of the endangered tallgrass prairies of North America, of which less than 1% remains due to conversion to agriculture and development.

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), and Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) are dominant grasses.

Plant List

View the plant list on the Flora of Riesel Prairie page.

Early Photos

Photo Album

Riesel Prairie Prescribed Burn March, 2016

Photos by Phillip Quast



One Month After Burn, April, 2016

Prairie plantain                                                         Two Indian Paintbrush
Arnoglossum plantagineum                                        Castilleja Indivisa    

Sisyrinchium species                                                   Beautiful Texas yellowstar
                                                                                Lindheimera texana

Coralberry Symphoricarpos orbitculatus with               Dewberry Rubus trivialis 
Texas Indian Paintbrush Castilleja indivisa

Bladderpod                                                             Prairie celestials
Lesquerella species                                                 Nemastylis Geminiflora