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Oak Wilt - Devastates Live Oaks & Red (Spanish) Oaks!

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Oak wilt is a disease that is devastating populations of Live Oaks and Red Oaks (Spanish Oak) in central Texas.

What you need to know about oak wilt by Meg Inglis of Native Plant Society of Texas

Meg Inglis has written this very informative article addressing the dreaded, deadly Oak wilt!
“Maybe you have seen the groves of dead oak trees dotting the countryside along the highways or roads you typically travel.
One of the easiest times to spot oak wilt is in the spring/early summer after temperatures start hitting 90 – 95 degrees, and the trees are pushing sap up into the leaves. Infected, symptomatic Live Oaks have a telltale sign – a yellowing of the leaf along the veins – because sap is being prevented from reaching the leaves due to clogged vascular channels. Spanish Oak leaves will become brown at the tips of the leaf lobes.

Meg offers ‘What you can do”.
Here are a few items:
Walk your property every May or June and through July
Examine the tree leaves for telltale signs of oak wilt. 
ONLY PRUNE in the coldest or the hottest part of the year: December/January or July/August.
IMMEDIATELY paint the wound with spray or latex paint, or wound dressing. Cut-then paint-prior to cutting the next limb.
Clean all pruning tools with 10% bleach solution or Lysol between sites and/or trees.
Immediately chip, burn or bury debris from diseased red oaks.
See www.TexasOakWilt.org for illustrations and more recommendations on action you can take.

Children of the American Revolution - Deer Park Prairie - April 8, 2018

Monday, Apr 09, 2018

“It was fun and the group seemed to enjoy themselves, although it was pretty cold out there!” 

Thank you, Mary Waters for braving the cold and capturing this historical reenactment!

February 28, 2018 - San Marcos, TX

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

NPAT Earns National Recognition

”Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence”, The Land Trust Accreditation Commission

“At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1986 Native Prairies Association of Texas has been doing just that for the people of Texas. NPAT proudly announces it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work,” The Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The Land Trust Alliance:
Founded in 1982, The Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.
It is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices; their leadership serves the entire land trust community.
Their work represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state.
Their education programs are excellent; they improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska. 
The LTA has comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation including new partners, new programs and new priorities. Read more: The Land Trust Alliance

Accreditation Application Process via The Land Trust Accreditation Commission:
Native Prairies Association of Texas provided extensive documentation and underwent a comprehensive review by The Land Trust Accreditation Commission as part of its accreditation application. “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous application process.  Our strength ensures all the NPAT projects will be protected forever, special places such as Paul Mathews Prairie, Daphne Prairie, the Clymer Meadows Prairies, Maddin Prairie Preserve, making Texas an even greater place for us and our children,” NPAT. 

The Accreditation Seal of The Land Trust Alliance:
Being awarded the accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation, sought after by many and cherished by those who have achieved the distinction. It is awarded only to land trusts who have validated they meet the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. Read more:www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
It inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement.
NPAT’s accreditation, announced February 28, 2018, signifies the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s confidence that NPAT’s lands will be protected forever. It certifies NPAT follows “national quality standards that promote excellent stewardship, sound finances and effective governance!”
NPAT’s response, “Accreditation demonstrates Native Prairies Association of Texas’s commitment to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. We are saving a Lone Star legacy.”

Dedicated Volunteers - MultiTaskers

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

What do these NPAT members have in common?

Kim Conrow, Fort Worth, Susan Gregory, Dallas; Bill Hopkins, Fort Worth; Linda Knowles, Houston; Martha Peet, Fort Worth; Steve Schwartzman, Austin; Jason Singhurst, Austin; Suzanne Tuttle, Fort Worth…

They are just a few of many of you, our dedicated individuals who are ‘MULTI-TASKERS’!

Each of these individuals also dedicates time, energy and expertise to another of our ‘partners in conservation’, NPSOT, a.k.a. Native Plant Society of Texas. 
Be sure your open the link below where you can subscribe and receive the NPSOT News, their quarterly magazine containing articles about native plants and plant habitats, as well as information about the society and its activities: check out this link!  The NPSOT News, Vol. 36 No 1|Winter edition includes some SPECTACULAR photographs and informative articles well worth our time. Be transported to vast and colorful Big Bend National Park! (We thought our Central and North Texas snow pic’s were great… wait until you see theirs!) 
And, thank you, to all our NPAT Multi-Taskers
We non-profit organizations could not operate without your dedication!

Reflection on Chapters and Accomplishments in 2017

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017

Our ‘fledging’ chapters, San Antonio and CenTex:

2017 has been an exciting year for these two chapters; each has solid potential to become well-established during the coming year! We are counting on learning from fellow prairie enthusiasts and sharing educational experiences, supporting NPAT’s Mission, and bringing like-minded individuals together.  All are welcome, we hope you’ll participate, learn with us, and share your knowledge and love of prairies!  A recent donation was accompanied by a very poignant statement by one of our members:
“All ecosystems deserve to be saved, we can’t save them all, but what we can, we should.”

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston Chapters’ End of Year Celebrations, late November and mid-December:

HNPAT:

November 29, 2017 was HNPAT’s “2017 Prairie Stampede”! Thanks to everyone who joined in celebrating our prairie community with us. Congratulations to these 2017 Prairie Award Winners: Urban Prairie Award Julie d’Ablaing; Prairie Volunteer AwardChuck Duplant; Kirsti Harms Outstanding Volunteer AwardBarbara Kress; Cajun Prairie AwardSonie and Kent Milton; Dick Benoit Upper Texas Coast AwardJed Aplaca and Kelly Ondracek; and the Prairie Excellence Award – Flo Hannah! We salute each you and everyone in the prairie community who endlessly strive to restore, preserve and protect our Texas and Louisiana prairies!

BNPAT:

“First, we wish to say “THANK YOU Tom Willard!” (BNPAT’s Treasurer) Tom led NPAT and others at Cedar Ridge Preserve on two Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18. He showed us the locations where Tom and his volunteers continue their work to “restore” areas of the preserve!
December 12, Blackland NPAT held their 2nd annual Christmas Celebration at Milo Butterfingers recognizing the dedicated efforts made to save prairie spaces including the Paul Mathews Prairie … wonderful achievements! 

FWNPAT Honors Evaline Woodrey:


December 11, 2017,  Fort Worth NPAT held our Christmas Party at Buffalo West and were proud to honor Ms. Evaline Woodrey for her role in raising funds enabling NPAT to save the Paul Mathews Prairie! This Christmas Party was the perfect opportunity to recognize Ms. Woodrey and present her with NPAT’s “Prairie Seeker Award,” a certificate, a photo of her standing in the foreground of the Paul Mathews Prairie, and a statue of a buffalo.  We are so very grateful to you, thank you, Ms. Woodrey!  (We love this photo by Pat Merkord of Ms. Evaline Woodrey holding the photo and holding her buffalo statue!)

Our chapters are growing and looking forward to what we can do in 2018 - PLEASE JOIN NPAT! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER!

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