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Help NPAT Save The Paul Mathews Prairie

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!

The Paul Mathews Prairie is a rare and pristine 100-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie near Floyd, TX., in Hunt County. At one time, the Blackland Prairie ecosystem covered millions acres in Texas and much of the central United States. Today, very little of this habitat remains. Conserving this type of imperiled habitat is at the core of NPAT’s mission as a land trust. Help NPAT save this wonderfully diverse prairie by donating for the purchase of this prairie today!

Here are recent photographs to give you a glimpse
of the vast and colorful PAUL MATHEWS PRAIRIE


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Prairies Updates

We regularly receive updates and photos related to two particular NPAT Prairies, Maddin Prairie Preserve and the Kirchoff Family Farm. 
These links will take you to our latest collection of reports and photos:
Click here for Maddin Prairie Preserve Updates or
Click here for The Kirchoff Family Farm Updates.
Contact NPAT when you see or hear of a potential opportunity to work along side us or participate in a workday or tour!

WITH THE COOLER FALL WEATHER, who doesn’t want to be outside?!@!  Happenings are detailed on our News & Events Pages and Chapter pages:

October, 2017
20 - Conservation Easement Workshop - Katy Prairie , Katy, TX
21 - Grasslands & Wine Bus Tours Fundraiser, Fort Worth NPAT, Fort Worth, TX
21 - Birds in their Habitats Cibolo Nature Center,  Boerne, TX
21 - NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES
thru Oct 26 - 2017 Wild Texas Film Tour! Hosted by Ben Masters, various cities!
26-28 - Land Trust Alliance Rally 2017, Denver, CO
28 - Wildlife/Grasslands Restoration Workshop, Kirchoff Family Farm, Floresville, TX
28- NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES
November, 2017
3-4 - NPSOT 2017 Fall Symposium, Huntsville, TX.
4 - Birds in their Habitats Cibolo Nature Center,  Boerne, TX
4 - NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES
8 - Organizational Meeting, Victoria NPAT Chapter, Victoria, TX
11 & 12 - NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES
10-12 - “Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”; TXSER’s Annual Conference, University of N TX, Denton, TX.
14-16 - America’s Grasslands Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
18 - Birds in their Habitats Cibolo Nature Center,  Boerne, TX

Highlights of postings on Our Blog

WATCH THE SKIES - FALL MIGRATIONS of POLLINATORS
2nd ANNUAL TEXAS PRAIRIES TOUR, June 3, 2017 - Multiple accounts and photos!

Paul Mathews Prairie Progress

 

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Recovery following Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all who experienced the trauma of Hurricane Harvey, and we are proud of the care and concern displayed by so many.  We continue to remember you each day and encourage all who are able to lend a hand in whatever manner you can: add items (non-food & nonperishable) to collection containers at local businesses, make monetary donations to The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The Humane Society; search municipality websites for more options. We hope calm returns soon and strength prevails as you face tasks ahead. 
NPAT Board and Staff Members

Friend of NPAT, James Alderson, 1947-2017.

James Alderson was very active with NPAT following his retirement as Plant Materials Specialist at Natural Resources Conservation Services.
Mr. Alderson passed away October 2. Funeral services were October 7; he was buried at Hurst Ranch Cemetery, Star, TX. Condolences can be mailed to Mrs. Sharleen Alderson, PO Box 364, Star, TX 76880.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following:
-Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, Stephen K. Foster Memorial, 505 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840;
-Cherokee Home of Children - Donate;   
-Native Prairies Association of Texas - Donate.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, Attend our FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop” in Wilson, County.

ALL PRAIRIE ENTHUSIASTS ARE WELCOME!  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Morning tour and demonstrations @ Kirchoff Family Farm; moving to nearby Three Oaks Community Center for lunch and afternoon presentations; adjourning at 3:30pm. Come for all or part of the day, as your schedule will allow! Register Online NOW so we know you’re going to join us! News & Events, October 28.

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We know “education is power”,

and sharing our knowledge of and experiences in our Texas Prairies can be contagious!  You can have a positive role in sustaining NPAT’s mission through education

What is a Prairie?

Download “What is a Prairie?” share and enjoy! Pat Merkord, our Executive Director, prepared this short presentation in .pdf format. There’s no time like NOW to expand someone’s knowledge.  Teachers, parents, neighbors, volunteers, and anyone else may be “a prairie ambassador” by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm and imparting knowledge of the immense VALUE grasslands and savanahs have in Texas! 

Did you know? “Today’s prairies are disappearing even faster than Amazon rainforests.”

Your support enables us to reach many goals and define new ones!
-NPAT could not operate without the help we receive from every single volunteer, donor, and advocate! You are the heart and soul of our mission.
Our collective efforts remind us of what’s really important.
-As an NPAT supporter, you are in ‘good company’; The Texas Land Trust Council is a collaboration of more than 30 Texas land trusts (including NPAT) supporting excellence throughout the Texas land trust community via collaboration, education and outreach. Land Trusts within each Texas region, Panhandle Plains, Prairies and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country and Big Bend Country, face challenges unique to each area and strive to conserve the native lands, wildlife and waterways of Texas for future Texans!
-Come along and join us in support of our VALUABLE TEXAS PRAIRIES! NPAT is excited to educate young and old about the values of our prairies, encourage environmental preservation, and enjoy the abundance of native flora and fauna!
-From NPAT’s Mission:   ‘We educate Texans about native prairies, plant communities, grassland birds, wildlife and sustainable land-use practices.’

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FALL IS HERE!
TIME TO REPLACE YOUR VEHICLE!
DONATE your BOAT, CAR, TRUCK or VAN
—TO NPAT! 
IT’S HASSLE-FREE - TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!!

 

SUPPORT NPAT & THE CAUSES WE SHARE:
A HEALTHY PLANET, WIDE OPEN PRAIRIES, FLORA AND FAUNA; QUALIFY for a tax deduction!

Make the telephone call or log onto the website—have title handy and don’t even leave your office or living room.  It’s EASY - contact CAREASY. 
Visit Careasy.com; to arrange everything online. Or, call 855-500-RIDE 855-500-7433; someone who will gladly walk you through each step! Soon your vehicle will be picked up at no charge!

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Updates on our Accreditation Process and what it means for NPAT are on Our Blog.
Current and back issues of the Texas Prairie News are in the Newsletters section!
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