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“3rd SATURDAY WORKDAYS”ENJOY THE OUTDOORS! Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)Sponsored by The San Antonio Chapter of NPAT.

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WORK MORNING at White Rock LakeSponsored by North Texas Master NaturalistsSaturday, beginning at 9:30 amMeetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the…

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Wednesday from 8am-4pm Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

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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!

Loss of 3 NPAT Patrons Marked in 2017

Tuesday, Dec 05, 2017

Father Peter Conaty died in April, 2017

Father Peter Conaty, and his wife Susan Conaty were instrumental in saving the Nash Prairie and supported efforts to save Deer Park Prairie. 
From David Bezanson of The Nature Conservancy, “Peter was rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Columbia, Texas, and it’s due to the vision and leadership of Peter and Susan, his wife, that TNC was able to acquire Nash Prairie Preserve from the church and hospital district in 2011. This article is a reminder of Peter’s eloquence and commitment to conservation. Peter lived an extraordinarily full and interesting life, which was documented in the local newspaper when he retired from St. Mary’s earlier this year. 
Memorial Service for Father Peter Conaty was held September 17, 2017, at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Columbia Tx. An Open Prairie Day and committal of ashes was at the Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie Preserve following the church service.

Kunda Wicce (nee Lee Stone), died in August, 2017

A biologist, conservationist, environmental advocate and activist mentor, Kunda Lee, was loved and admired by folks of many circles. She was a passionate advocate for prairies…
One of the last items she wrote as president, Fall, 2008 NPAT Newsletter, gives a sense of our history. In the photo of her at Daphne Prairie she was holding grasses, something she always seemed to be doing!

James Alderson, died in October, 2017

James Alderson was active with NPAT after his retirement from the NRCS and was a member since 1986. He was another VIP in the history and development of NPAT: was very active in the Maddin restoration in the early 2000s and President of NPAT for a period of time and later served as program director. He really was passionate about prairies and knowledgeable about restoration.

First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX

Tuesday, Nov 07, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, NPAT and others from conservation organizations enjoyed the 1-day experiences with some Wilson County residents at the Wildlife and Grassland Restoration Workshop co-sponsored by NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association.

Then, within the short span of 9 days, tragedy occurred in Wilson County not far from where our Workshop was held!  We feel many ‘prairie enthusiasts’ we met on the Kirchoff Family Farm and Three Oaks Community Center, likely know some who perished or were physically injured, they may be a friend or relative of those individuals who were in First Baptist Church Sunday, November 5, 2017.  Please know that our thoughts are with each of you at this most difficult time.  We encourage you to reach out to friends and neighbors for comfort and support.  We hope you can seek refuge in the beautiful, vast prairie lands that surround you in Wilson County.

NPAT Board of Directors, Staff Members, and Volunteers

USDA-Funding Available for Urban Conservation Gardens and High Tunnel

Thursday, Nov 02, 2017

Funding Available for Urban Conservation Gardens and High Tunnels Temple, Texas, November 2, 2017

In an effort to address food deserts and educating urban citizens and youth on the benefits of locally grown fresh produce and greening of the urban landscape, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) is accepting applications to establish community and pollinator gardens and seasonal high tunnels through the Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project.

The Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project is an effort to challenge community organizations, educational institutions and Indian tribes to establish community and school gardens across Texas.  Addressing hunger with an urban garden can bring communities together and initiate other positive outcomes for people.  Pollinator habitat planned with urban gardens can provide an increase in harvest potential while providing food and habitat for declining insect communities in Texas.
“The simple act of planning a garden can help unite neighbors in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our state,” said Salvador Salinas, TX NRCS State Conservationist. “The challenges that can be addressed with locally-led solutions can be diverse in an urban setting.”

Grants are available up to $4,000 for a community garden and $6500 for a seasonal high tunnel.

Community gardens and seasonal high tunnel projects must be located in one of the following counties:
Bexar, Brazos, Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Lubbock, Maverick, McLennan, Nueces, Polk, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, Webb and Wichita to be eligible for funding.

Grants are available for up to $3000 for Monarch butterfly gardens.

Preference will be given to Monarch butterfly gardens in the following counties because of their strategic location within the Monarch butterfly’s flight paths during their spring and fall migrations: 
Atascosa, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Dallas, Ellis, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Navarro, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, and Wilson.

Applications for the Urban Conservation Project are due by December 15, 2017.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available at https://www.grants.gov.
The Opportunity number is USDA-NRCS-TX-UCP-18-01
the title is Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project.

Applicants can also enter the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 10.902 to search for this grant. 
Questions can be directed to Bertha T. Venegas, (830) 249-3508 extension 103.
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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