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Prairie Facts

NPAT’s Registered Heritage Properties

NPAT is proud to be working alongside responsible landowners who have made the effort to register their heritage properties in this program!

Each registered landowner displays the NPAT sign on their property which recognizes the efforts made to protect our natural heritage.

Their motivation is inspiring and contagious; we hope to introduce more landowners to this and other conservation opportunities!

The landowners share a dedication which was collectively expressed by one of them who said, “I will be glad to help spread the word on value & importance of our prairies!”

We are grateful to have the permission to share recent input from registered heritage prairies landowners in these Texas counties:

Fayette County        Franklin County              Harris County
Milam County          Montgomery County        Wilson County

Here are a few statements from landowners describing their motivation to register their prairie:
“Preserving native prairies is very important; registering seemed a way to do that, advertising registry & the fact that native prairies are to be preserved, educating ourselves and making existence of our prairie known to NPAT and other scientists and conservationists.”
“I believe in the work to save prairies from extinction. Being in the registry sends a message as more people sign on to manage their land for grassland that is native and supports native species of all kinds, both plant and animal.  Strength in numbers!”
“The efforts of focusing on heritage and original prairie lands has sparked an overall interest in conservation.”
“Concerned about urban expansion throughout US without concern for consequences to wildlife or environment.  I believe and hope NPAT will help make citizens and developers aware of the problems.”
“We want the interested public to be aware of the restored prairie and use it for educational, research, and wildlife viewing purposes.”
“I have an overall interest in conservation.”

Landowners’ experiences since they have registered their prairies:
“It is hard work, but a pleasure to see the results of our efforts.”
“We are proud to manage this property & enjoy interacting with partners who maintain rare prairie species and assist each other’s efforts.  This site serves as an important outdoor laboratory & training site for advanced high school & college students. We have had successes with group tours and hope Houston NPAT and CPP, etc. will arrange more in the future.”
“It’s definitely coming along.  I observed new big bluestem occurring from seed for the first time this year (or possibly seeding out from transplants).  The bird count is growing.  We’ve cut and treated brush as a real concerted effort since last summer regularly, almost every week.  The open grass areas are almost finished with brush piles replacing the (mostly) bumelia, mesquite, and Roosevelt weed.  I plan to selectively edit in the area that has trees and brush now (upland, not riparian) after we finish in the grass.  There are glades and copses there.”
“We see lots of bee and butterfly activity as well as bird use. We try to remove invasives but haven’t gotten good control of grasses particularly. We add native plants to the prairie as seedlings, transplants from prairie sources, and by seeding.”

Landowners received responses to the sign displayed on their prairie:
“Neighbors have complimented us and wanted to learn more about native plants.”
“The sign validated respect for the land and my efforts as a landowner.”
“Have had no inquiries about the signs, but there has been interest by neighbors and the public in general about what we are doing.  We have received comments about the variety and quality of wildlife observed on our ‘heritage’ land, particularly quail.”
“A TPWD officer commented, “Oh, your place is registered with NPAT,” when he came to visit.