Benbrook Lake Environmentally Sensitive Area – Solace-Filled Hikes Through the Prairie

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Monday, February 14, 2022
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Tonight we welcome Kim Conrow, Immediate Past-President of the Native Plant Society of Texas. We are fortunate that she also lives in the Fort Worth area. The pandemic got Kim and her family outside more often looking for places to explore nature.  Thanks to a Facebook Live presentation by Suzanne Tuttle through the Fort Worth NPAT Chapter, they found a special prairie, a part of the greater Fort Worth Prairie ecoregion, near them.  Beginning in the Fall of 2020, the prairie became like a second home to Kim and her family, friends and dogs; a place of solace, comfort and love. Exploring the northeast Benbrook prairie taught them perseverance and brought hope, with physical and mental health benefits in these difficult times.

This 700 acre site has been designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many thanks to Marty Underwood and his co-workers with the Corps Benbrook Lake office who were instrumental in getting this area so designated. It’s managed by the Corps as part of the Benbrook Lake watershed.  It is a mixed use area where horseback riders, walkers, hunters and fishermen all have access.

Kim photographed nature as she found it and created a month-by-month slide documentary of her many saunters. She is happy to share that with the Fort Worth NPAT Chapter this evening.

Hiking at US Army Corps of Engineers Benbrook Lake.