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Prairie Facts

Registered Native Texas Prairie Heritage Property

A property is registered with NPAT as a Native Texas Prairie Heritage Property in recognition of an allegiance created between NPAT and the landowner - both dedicated to protecting the legacy of the original native prairie and grasslands.

This endeavor creates a working relationship based on mutual intentions and support in order to protect the land. NPAT’s ultimate desire would be to work with the landowner toward the goal of designating the land as a conservation easement in the future.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?  NPAT’s program is available for owners of all Texas prairies: tallgrass, mixed grass, short grass, savannahs, pocket prairies, wetland prairies, and desert grasslands, including “Remnant” and “Restoration” properties. 

Remnant and Restoration properties as described by Missouri Prairie Foundation:
Remnant: An original, native natural community (e.g., prairie or forest) that has survived on a site to the present day (e.g., a prairie that has never been plowed), but was once part of a larger, original landscape.
Restoration: A native ecosystem that has been taken over to some degree by another plant community and is managed to restore pre-settlement vegetation. Restorations sometimes involve supplementation with seeds from plants that may have grown on the site in the past. Restorations usually involve removing invasive plant species.

3-Phase Process:
1) the landowner completes NPAT’s heritage registration form accounting for and describing property-specific data; i.e., the native grasses and forbs, percentage of ground cover/ invasive vegetation, past use and history as well as describing the current use and type(s) of management in place. 
2) A nominal registration fee payable to NPAT is submitted with the completed form. 
3) The landowner receives:
-a sign to post on the land, designating it as a registered Native Texas Prairie.
-a certificate suitable for framing,
-recognition via listing in the Native Texas Prairie Heritage Registry,
-recognition at NPAT’s annual conference and in NPAT’s newsletter,
-a complimentary 1-yr subscription to NPATs newsletter; and
-information on caring for and protecting native grassland.

How does it differ from a Conservation Easement?

1) The heritage registry is NOT a legal agreement, but recognition (via the sign) that the landowner has registered commitment to protect the natural heritage of the property through managing native prairie and grassland. 
2) The heritage registry is not a permanent agreement, it does not run with the title, nor does it confer tax benefits to the landowner.

A Conservation Easement is a legal agreement placed by a LANDOWNER with a land trust restricting future uses of a piece of property.  It is entered into to ensure the property’s management will preserve natural features, wildlife habitat, open space historic sites, scenery, traditional land uses, or other values, making sure current uses and conditions of a piece of land are not greatly altered in the future.
As reflected in our name, Native Prairies Association of Texas accepts donations of conservation easements specifically to protect prairies.  We accept donations of conservation easements to protect prairies. These are permanent and run with the title; meaning land can be sold or inherited, but future owners must follow the terms of the conservation easement.  They conserve prairies while maintaining private ownership and meet practical needs of the landowner while supporting conservation of their prairie.  As each tract of land is unique, each conservation easement agreement is written according to each landowner’s wishes.  Permanent conservation easements may confer tax benefits to the donor.
Whether written for a prairie, historic site, or wildlife, the land trust’s role is one of support for the landowner, providing expertise or assisting managing activities on the property, without significant governmental involvement.