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REGISTRATION OPENS August 20, 2018! “2019 TLC CONFERENCE”  is scheduled for FEB. 27 thru MAR.1, 2019, in Austin.Call TLC @ 512.994.8582 for Sponsorship & Exhibitor…

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Fort Worth NPAT Chapter MeetupNEW LOCATION: SSCI Lecture Hall 1106, Fort Worth. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm“NPAT Prairies & Conservation Easement Properties”, by Pat Merkord. Welcome…

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Cosponsored by NPAT: NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie Preserve Saturday 7:30am -12 Noon (*) Our monthly access days offer a chance to…

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June 16, 2018 - Prairies and More Tour

Thursday, Aug 02, 2018

PHOTOGRAPHS SHARED by PARTICIPANTS

Thank you to each photographer for sharing these images taken while touring
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie near Terrell, 
Ebel Grassland Ranch, Sulphur Bluff,
Lennox Woods Preserve near Clarksville, and
Mr. B. F. Hicks, Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.

Photographer: Gary Barton, “I regret not taking more photos.
Thank you for planning the wonderful tour. It, like the other two, was fun and educational.”


The group ends the day walking Daphne Prairie.

Photographer: Mike Degroot

       
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta                                                                    Ebel Grassland Ranch

False Dragonhead Physostegia digitalis blooms being
visited by two Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Strymon melinus

Photographer: Ellen Guiling,
“So fun! I didn’t even know a hayride would be involved!! Also got a hayride on Daphne!”

       
Antelope Horn Milkweed Asclepias asperula                                  Ready to transport prairie enthusiasts
Seed pods, Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie                                         around Ebel Grassland Ranch

       
Rattlesnake Master Plant                                                                 Mushroom hiding in Lennox Forest  
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie

 

Enthusiasts touring Daphne Prairie

Photographer, Masako, “thanks for taking me to the bus trip I really enjoyed it.”

Daphene Prairie (Black eyed Susan and common yarrow)


 
American basketflower (foreground)                            Close up of Prairie Indian Plantain,
Prairie Indian Plantain (background)  Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie


Photographer, Terri White,
   
Walking the Prairie                                                   Waining wildflowers; prairie grasses gone to seed

Thistle ‘Ready & Waiting For Pollinators!’

 

Photographer, Kelly Crawford,
Green Bee on Sunflower at Daphne Prairie

Land Trusts Continue Push for Farm Bill and Conservation Easement Legislation in D.C.

Friday, Jun 08, 2018

The Farm Bill is set for another vote in late June, 2018.

H.R. 4459 Needs Additional Co-Sponsors

The Texas Land Trust Council and our member organizations must continue to reach out to our Texas Senators, Cornyn & Cruz, as well as all of our U.S. House members.

Ask them to pass a Farm Bill that has a strong conservation title.

While the initial Farm Bill vote in May failed in the House, there will be a second vote later this month. The politics are complicated, but the current House version of the Farm Bill contains essentially all of the land trust community’s requests for improvements and funding to the conservation easement programs that the Farm Bill funds. While the bill is not perfect, it represents the largest federal funding source for conservation easements to protect lands with agricultural, wildlife, water and other natural resource values.
Please contact your reps and let them know that you support the Farm Bill
Farm Bill Link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2/text
Link to State Representatives: https://www.texastribune.org/directory/#us_congress_tab
Conservation related news from Texas and beyond…

Spring is wildflower season in Texas!

Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, for an idea of currently blooming wildflowers: What’s in season in Central Texas!  Check out their list of annual flowers blooming throughout Texas’s natural areas and gardens.
LEARN MORE: Germinating Milkweeds: Support insects by planting Asclepias species; Top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer!
Visit the Center - If you’re anywhere near southwest Austin, taking time to meander through the tranquil Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is well worth it. This photo overlooking the open field at the The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives you an idea of what’s in store!

Texas Wildflower Sightings , Spring, 2018

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

Where to see spring’s best wildflowers in Central Texas and South Texas

Photo of Texas country road by Sassy Frassy Lassie

Land Trust Alliance Introduces new SW/CA Program Manager

Friday, Apr 20, 2018

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