Paul Mathews Prairie
Location: Hunt County
Region: Blackland Prairie
Size: 100 acres
Ownership: Owned by NPAT. Conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy.
The Paul Mathews Prairie is a rare and pristine remnant prairie of the Blackland Prairie near Floyd, TX in Hunt County. We’ve described the historical Blackland Prairie Ecoregion which once covered millions of acres in Texas and up into 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 an accredited land trust.
The Paul Mathews Prairie is a very unique and extremely valuable remnant prairie that was once part of that larger, original landscape! It is an original, native, natural, grassland community that has survived on a site to the present day; it has never been plowed. [In contrast, a restored prairie is a native ecosystem that has been taken over to some degree by another plant community and is being managed to restore the land to its state “pre-settlement vegetation state” (that is, pre-1850’s).] It is densely grassed, heavily forbed, and riddled with deep gilgai impressions!
In the fall of 2017 generous donors enabled NPAT to save this wonderfully diverse prairie by donating ample funds to purchase and create funds for future maintenance of this prairie!
Historic Paul Mathews Prairie
- Paul Mathews’ family lived near the area so Paul enjoyed many days ON the prairie! He grew up and accomplished his dream: he purchased ‘Paul’s Prairie’! Now he could protect it! The prairie was in the hands of a true conservationist!
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department awarded Mr. Mathews the distinguished Lone Star Land Steward Award in 1998 “Celebrating Excellence in Private Land Conservation. Established in 1996, the annual Lone Star Land Steward Awards recognizes and honors private landowners in Texas for their contributions to natural resource conservation and management.”
- Mr. Mathews lived a long and fulfilling life. He later sold the land and ensured it was protected; NPAT was approached in 2017 as a potential buyer.
- We launched a fund raising campaign in August, 2017 and surpassed our goal within 104 days thanks to our generous patrons!
NPAT is making plans for potential spring and fall activities on this beautiful prairie!
- Birdwatching Daily Publication on Birdwatching on Paul Mathews Prairie
- UT Austin’s Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences found 20 native bee species on the prairie. You’ll want to open this .pdf document for sure and observe photos and siting details!
- Mathews Prairie Plant list pdf, 2017
Coming Soon: Bird Checklist, Vertebrate Checklist, Butterfly-Moth Checklist