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YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PLANT NATIVE PLANTS in your yard or garden or prairie! Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens,…

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Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center Sponsored by Texas…

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Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Prairies of North Central Texas” Jason Singhurst (This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.) …

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NEW VIDEO ABOUT PIMPLE MOUNDS

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011

Jaime Gonzales writes:

CPP has just released a new video on those curious geological features known as pimple mounds. Bill Carr, TNC Botanist, explains the formation and function of these coastal prairie geological wonders.

Pimple mounds with Bill Carr, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Botanist from Coastal Prairie Partnership on Vimeo.

Nash Prairie Preserve Video

Monday, Jul 11, 2011

Jaime Gonzalez writes:

Nature Conservancy of Texas has produced a touching new video featuring Peter and Susan Conaty about the pristine and beloved Nash Prairie near W. Columbia, TX. The video was shot during a prairie blessing marking the symbolic transfer of Nash from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and TNC Texas.

Stripping erosion control to its bare essentials

Monday, Jul 11, 2011

The Twin Cities Daily Planet recently ran an article by Brian Devore entitled “Stripping erosion control to its bare essentials”.  The article details a program coordinated by Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture where farmers are encouraged to integrate strips of prairie grasses and forbs into row crops to help prevent erosion and increase natural habitat for birds and pollinators.  Check out the article HERE!

Summer Solstice Sunset at Tandy Hills!

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011

Don Young wrote:

Summer Solstice greetings from the Land that Time Forgot.

Photograph by Don Young, 2011
www.tandyhills.org

Clymer Meadow Field Trip - May 28th 2011

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2011

NPAT and The Nature Conservancy, as well as many of our friends, had a great day on the prairie this past weekend at the Clymer Meadow Preserve near Celeste, TX, east of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Jim Eidson and Larry Crane, both with the Nature Conservancy, provided excellent information about the plants, animals found at Clymer Meadow Preserve as well as methods of land management used at the preserve to help keep the prairie ecosystem intact and prevent invasive plant communities from taking over.  We were able to tour several different portions of the prairies found at the preserve as well as Clymer Meadow Preserve’s prairie seed harvesting operation.  Thanks again to all those who attended the field trip held at Clymer Meadow Preserve this past weekend.  We are looking forward to returning to Clymer Meadow Preserve in the fall for a look at the late season blooms and how the prairie prepares itself for the cold winter months.

Check out some photos taken this past weekend!


Jim Eidson telling the tour group about the history of the Blackland Prairie and the Clymer Meadow Preserve.


Jim describing the interactions between the grazing cattle and the dung beetles found on the prairie.


The field trip group amongst the wildflowers and other plants.


Larry Crane describing how the Nature Conservancy harvests seed for their own prairie restoration projects at Clymer Meadow as well as local restoration projects lead by proactive landowners looking to restore native prairie on their property.


Bee Balm in bloom


Purple Indian Paintbrush in bloom

photos: Phillip Quast 2011

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