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2017 PRAIRIE STAMPEDE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & AWARDS DINNER Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm This is a potluck dinner, so register and bring something tasty! 

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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

October 14, 2017 Report on Blackland Chapter’s Mathews/Clymer Meadows Prairies Field Trip

Thursday, Nov 02, 2017

Report on Blackland Chapter’s October 14, 2017

Mathews/Clymer Meadows Prairies Field Trip

Brandon Belcher IS THE BEST! We adore him!! (he’s the North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC). He spent a lot of time with us, guiding us around the prairies.

Folks had a challenging time walking in Paul Mathews Prairie: It is dense and the indentions made walking hazardous for a few. Walking sticks were a big help.
A few folks left after lunch due to the heat. The forecasts called for low 90’s, but around Greenville it reached 95 degrees. 
We all sat together for lunch which was nice. It was good to hear all of the comments and feedback. A few folks said they like the smaller tour groups (in total, 8 folks attended). It was easier for group mobility and hearing the guide. I thought that was interesting. (Something to keep in mind for the future.)
We did gather a few grass seeds from Clymer for the future Texas Native Seeds Project…small amounts.  We left Clymer around 3pm.
Next month is Cedar Ridge Preserve with Tom Willard.

Thanks for everything,
Leigh Ann Ellis

 

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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