Maddin Prairie

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Location: Mitchell County near Colorado City, TX
Region: Rolling Plains
Size: 1,114 acres 
Ownership: Owned by NPAT. Donated by Alfred Maddin.

Site Description

Maddin Prairie Preserve features remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian areas. A tributary of Champion Creek passes through the property and features a diverse riparian area. Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis), and Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus) are common grasses.

Maddin Prairie Preserve also provides habitat for the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). A Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction has been attempted on multiple occasions.

Texas Horned Lizards occur naturally on this preserve.


Desiring to protect the prairie for future generations, Alfred Maddin donated Maddin Prairie Preserve to NPAT. When the Maddin Prairie Preserve was donated to NPAT in the mid-1990s, most of the fields were still planted with sorghum and other row crops. These crops were removed, and the pastures were planted with a seed mix of approximately 30 different native plant species. Decades later these grassland areas are thriving.

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