Simpson Prairie is a prairie remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) are dominant grasses.
This 31-acre tract lies along U.S. 77 south of Tanglewood in northwestern Lee County, Texas. It is longitudinally bisected by an abandoned railroad bed from which ties and rails have been removed, and is bordered on the east by a small intermittent tributary of Brushy Creek.
This easement provides public access to the restored farm and its natural communities. The Kirchoff Family’s “Farm to Native Prairie” philosophy is a working example of how native prairies will become invaluable as more landowners become interested in restoring their own lands to native prairies.
The Paul Mathews Prairie is a rare example of the Blackland Prairie in Hunt County. The historic Blackland Prairie ecoregion which once covered millions of acres in Texas, reaching up into the central United States. Today, very little of this type of prairie remains. Conserving this type of imperiled habitat is at the core of NPAT’s mission.