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The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is proud to announce the formation of a chapter in the Georgetown area!
The first meeting will be held at 7:00 – 8:30 PM on July 29th at the Williamson County Central Maintenance Facility, AgriLife Extension Office at 3151 SE Inner Loop Rd, Suite A, Georgetown, Texas 78626.
The agenda for this formative meeting will include a short presentation on various prairie remnants, replication and restoration prairie sites found in a 6 county region that this new chapter might focus activities on.
There will also be a short presentation about the Granger Lake Blackland Prairie replication site (gene bank) and plans for restoration and maintenance of the site.
The Native Prairies Association of Texas has had an agreement with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a number of years to use an area below the Granger Lake dam as a site to replicate (plant and grow) Blackland Prairie plants. Activities at the site had lapsed for a few years but after a workshop on native prairies this spring at Granger Lake, a group of interested volunteers visited the site and are putting together a plan to re-activate the restoration and implementation of the Blackland Prairie gene bank. NPAT hopes to see the new chapter adopt this as one of their projects and volunteers have indicated their desire to do that.
These local volunteers have already been out “rescuing” Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) from other threatened sites to plant and grow them at the Granger gene bank or replication site. The group is also working on a management plan for the site. Other activities of the new chapter will likely include monitoring of remnant prairies like the chalk prairie site at Granger Lake and restoration efforts at other potential sites.
Anyone interested in supporting the efforts of the Native Prairies Association of Texas to conserve our native prairie heritage and the beautiful native wildflowers and grasses are invited to the meeting. All are welcome.
Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT; 936-827-7973
Just a few scenic pictures from the Maddin Prairie Preserve on a beautiful day!
Photos by Phillip Quast
Photos by Phillip Quast
Photos by Kirsti Harms.
Field trip participants in a pasture on the McFarland Ranch in Parker County, TX.
A lone mesquite in the pasture on the McFarland Ranch.
RJ Taylor, Conservation Director for Connemara Conservancy, talking about the previous uses of the land at the McFarland Ranch.
Longhorn cattle on the Hillmont Ranch in Parker County, TX.
Field trip participants were able to roam an untouched portion of the Hillmont Ranch to learn about the Post Oak Savannah ecosystem found there.
Quentin McGown, Tarrant County Judge and Fort Worth Historian, presented a short history of the importance of the prairie to the history of Fort Worth during the Thursday evening social mixer.
Matt White, author of Prairie Time, gave a presentation during the dinner on Friday evening.
Michelle Villafranca, Fort Worth Nature Center, presenting Dr. Tony Burgess with a lifetime achievement award named in his honor.
Two students from FWISD presented their a end-of-semester project on Saturday at the Botanic Gardens. Both students designed and modeled possible designs for an education center at the Fort Worth Prairie Park.