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REGISTRATION OPENS for 2019 North American Prairie Conference in Houston, TX, June 2-5, 2019 Proudly Co-Presented by: NPAT,…

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Land Trust Alliance Introduces new SW/CA Program Manager

Friday, Apr 20, 2018

Regular Volunteer Opportunities in Houston Area with NPAT Affiliates

Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Prairie Workdays

Sheldon Lake Prairie Restoration: Tuesday, 8:30-Noon & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon: Wetland restoration volunteer day! Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. 
Armand Bayou Prairie Center: Fridays 8:30-Noon.
Katy Prairie Conservancy: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, 9:00a – 1:00p at Indiangrass Preserve, Waller, TX. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Texas City Prairie Preserve: 2nd Friday every month. We’ve established a robust volunteer program; please contact.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (409) 941-9114. 

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 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
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.”

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