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Winter Duldrums Got You Down?  Check out these Houston NPAT events on their website! January 15, 2018 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm…

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From Pat Merkord, our Executive DirectorOur sincerest thanks to our prairie chapters for your dedication and support in obtaining funds for Paul Matthews Prairie –…

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#WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Program’s Application Deadline - Friday, January 26, 2018 We posted our report on NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter’s first 2018 monthly meeting January…

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NPAT Accreditation

Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Dear Prairie Supporter,

We’ve informed you that in late September, 2016, Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) submitted their application for accreditation to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).  Accreditations are only granted to land trusts that have: 1) proven they meet LTA’s rigorous quality standards “for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” and 2) demonstrated their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices (the ethical and technical guidelines for responsible operation).

NPAT is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. Based in San Marcos, NPAT was founded in 1986 by a group of Texans concerned about our disappearing prairie heritage. NPAT promotes awareness of the natural and cultural heritage of prairies in Texas and provides learning opportunities through workshops, presentations, field trips and volunteer opportunities. Our mission is to conserve and restore native prairie, assist landowners and educate Texans about native prairies, plant communities, grassland birds, wildlife, pollinators and sustainable land-use practices. NPAT currently protects more than 3,000 acres of native Texas prairie, including more than 100 acres of endangered and/or threatened tallgrass prairie.  They have partnered with other Texas conservancies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to carry out common missions. 

Earning this Accreditation Seal will bestow on NPAT a true mark of distinction and respect in land conservation. We will proudly join other Texas organizations who have achieved this goal: Bayou Land Conservancy, Galveston Bay Foundation, Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, Hill Country Conservancy, Hill Country Land Trust, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Pines and Prairies Land Trust, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, and Texas Land Conservancy.
Additional information on NPAT and on Texas prairies is offered on our website:  Our mailing address is: Native Prairies Association of Texas, 415 N. Guadalupe Street, PMB 385, San Marcos, TX 78666, and our telephone number is 512-772-4741.

The LTA accepts public input in the form of signed, written comments (relating to Native Prairies Association of Texas’ application) in relation to the indicator Practices 1-12.  Detailed explanations of LTA’s national quality standards and practices are at
We invite you to submit your comment via email, fax or U.S. mail: 
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183;
112 Spring Street, Suite 204,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866;
or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Commission will likely release the results of our application in early 2017.

26th North American Prairie Conference - July 17th-20th; Normal, Illinois

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

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One Month After the Prescribed Burn at the Riesel Prairie

Monday, Apr 11, 2016

A few pictures of the Riesel Prairie just over a month after a prescribed burn. Thank you Megan Lowery for visiting the prairie and sharing your pictures with us!





Prescribed Burn at Riesel Prairie

Monday, Mar 14, 2016

NPAT conducted a prescribed burn on one of our prairies located east of Waco, outside Riesel, TX.

A brief meeting prior to the prescribed burn to discuss the plans for the morning. The crew included Tim Siegmund, Jay Whiteside, and Larry Labeau from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and James Cash and Zach Johnson, students at Texas A&M University.

The team began with starting a small test fire in the northeast corner of the property to determine how fast the thatch would burn.

The crew began by crossing the prairie with the drip torches to ignite small swathes of the prairie.



Large patches of Eastern Gamagrass burned very quickly.


A stand of Eastern Gamagrass after the burn. With years of old growth and no green growth in 2016, these areas burned completely.

Some areas of the prairie had much less thatch to burn and had even began to grow again with this year’s unseasonably warm weather causing a more patchy burn pattern. Overall, the prescribed burn was a success. Thanks again to the crew from TPWD and TAMU for helping keep one of our remnant native prairies healthy!

Grassroots For Change: A Conservation Challenge For Houston Universities

Monday, Mar 07, 2016



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