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When: Sunday, March 29 (tentative date) The chapter is soliciting volunteer woodworkers to construct native bee houses to be installed at Carrington’s Prairie this spring.…

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When: Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon Where: Walter E. Long Lake, Austin, TX This…

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When: Saturday, March 21 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Meet at Miller Springs Nature Center parking lot, northeast of Belton Charles Newsom will lead…

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Muhly grasses (Muhlenbergia species) is a group of grasses named after a German botanist.

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Commons Ford Prairie Seeks Volunteers

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014

Vegetation Surveys/Volunteers Needed
Believe it or not, rain caused a cancellation of the vegetation surveys scheduled in June.  We are now rescheduling for Sunday, July 13 and could definitely use some volunteers to assist.  While we can certain use volunteers who are able to identify the vegetation, we also need volunteers to simply assist with taking down the data on the survey forms.  If you are interested in helping with the survey (and experiencing the beauty of the prairie first-hand), please contact Diane Sherrill at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to confirm and for details.

Writer Volunteer Needed 
We also are looking for a volunteer with writing experience to prepare a written history of the restoration project.  We do not have any comprehensive narrative in existence, much less available on our website or on request.  We are looking for someone with good writing and organizational skills with the ability to write descriptively and cohesively.  Detailed knowledge of the project is not necessary as we will make available information and key participants will be available for interviews.  The end result will be posted on our website and elsewhere (possibly in connection with grants) and, of course, the writer will be credited.  There is no timeline on completion, so the volunteer can work at his/her own pace.  We would estimate 20-25 hours to complete the project, but that is up to the volunteer.  If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested (this could be a good project for a college student), please send a note to us at this email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

New Chapters in Dallas and Fort Worth!

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014

In addition to our brand new chapter in Georgetown, we have two more: Dallas and Fort Worth. See details below, and check out our chapters page for details, photos, and events with all four of our current chapters.

Dallas Chapter Meeting

When: July 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, 521 E Lawther Drive,  Dallas, TX 75218
The purpose of the meeting is to find out about how to form a new Native Prairies Association of Texas Chapter. The executive director of NPAT will present information on the association’s activities and how a new chapter can help conserve, restore and educate the public about native prairies. If you are concerned about saving local prairies, preserving our native prairie heritage and restoring our native prairie plants and landscapes then come and find out about the possibilities NPAT offers. All are welcome and please forward this information to other individuals or groups that may be interested.

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting

When: July 14th, 6:30 pm.m - 8:00 p.m.
Where: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116

For any and all who want to conserve prairies around the Fort Worth area, who are interested in restoration, using native prairie plants for landscaping and just love prairies should come to this first organizational meeting and find out about the Native Prairies Association of Texas and set prairie “goals” for the new chapter. There is so much to do to educate, restore and conserve and we hope you will join us. All are welcome. Please forward this information to other individuals or groups that may be interested.

New Chapter - Georgetown, TX!

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is proud to announce the formation of a chapter in the Georgetown area!

The first meeting will be held at 7:00 – 8:30 PM on July 29th at the Williamson County Central Maintenance Facility, AgriLife Extension Office at 3151 SE Inner Loop Rd, Suite A, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

The agenda for this formative meeting will include a short presentation on various prairie remnants, replication and restoration prairie sites found in a 6 county region that this new chapter might focus activities on.

There will also be a short presentation about the Granger Lake Blackland Prairie replication site (gene bank) and plans for restoration and maintenance of the site.

The Native Prairies Association of Texas has had an agreement with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a number of years to use an area below the Granger Lake dam as a site to replicate (plant and grow) Blackland Prairie plants. Activities at the site had lapsed for a few years but after a workshop on native prairies this spring at Granger Lake, a group of interested volunteers visited the site and are putting together a plan to re-activate the restoration and implementation of the Blackland Prairie gene bank. NPAT hopes to see the new chapter adopt this as one of their projects and volunteers have indicated their desire to do that.

These local volunteers have already been out “rescuing” Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) from other threatened sites to plant and grow them at the Granger gene bank or replication site. The group is also working on a management plan for the site. Other activities of the new chapter will likely include monitoring of remnant prairies like the chalk prairie site at Granger Lake and restoration efforts at other potential sites.

Anyone interested in supporting the efforts of the Native Prairies Association of Texas to conserve our native prairie heritage and the beautiful native wildflowers and grasses are invited to the meeting. All are welcome.

Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT; 936-827-7973

Kirchoff Family Farm Game Camera Pictures - June 2014

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

Maddin Prairie Preserve - 6/18/14

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

Just a few scenic pictures from the Maddin Prairie Preserve on a beautiful day!

Photos by Phillip Quast

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