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Register NOW!This image means it’s time for ourPaul Mathews Prairie Celebration, SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at…

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3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAYat Kirchoff Family Farm• EMAIL .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can come; the Kirchoffs will have lunches prepared for everyone.

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NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie [We’ve moved to Sundays.]Sunday,  from 7:30 a.m. to noon The bird and nature walk begins at 7:30…

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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.

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