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Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) is an African grass introduced to the Americas through the bedding on the slave ships of pre-Civil War times.
Photos courtesy of board president, Kirsti Harms.
Grasses at Maddin.
Kelly Walker getting ready to do some work.
Wildlife water fence.
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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.
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.
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