People for Prairies 2022

Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald.

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
River Walk Hall, Flower Mound, TX

Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is hosting an evening of great food, drink, music, AND conversation. This will also be the start of something bigger.

You are invited to take part in this ground-breaking event to enjoy, consider new options, and make connections. Experts from the private, urban planning, property development, and natural resources sectors will engage in a broader conversation about how open spaces and prairies can coexist with regional urban development.

The evening will also support NPAT’s North Texas outreach, stewardship, and education programs. Director Dr. Carly Aulicky is working with local communities and landowners to appreciate, protect and restore native prairies. All for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

Subject Matter Expert Presenters Confirmed (2 of 4)

Brandon Belcher

North Texas
Preserves Manager
The Nature Conservancy

Natural Resources

Chris Hamilton

Environmental Manager,
Associate Principal
Peloton Land Solutions

Property Development

THE QUESTION

How can nature and urban development coexist?

THE CHALLENGE
North Texas is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. On average, 250 acres of rural land PER DAY are lost to urban development. Natural habitats are being fragmented and the species that depend on them are disappearing. Valuable farm and ranch land are taken out of production.

At the same time, people have been rediscovering the health benefits of nature: for their physical and mental health, for clean air and water, and for resilience in a changing climate.

AN ANSWER
Some cities are recognizing the benefits of native biodiversity in their urban landscapes and are planning for it. In North Texas that landscape is the tallgrass prairie–the rarest ecosystem on earth. Once stretching across more than 20 million acres in Texas, less than 1% remains today.

Our goal is to forge new connections and partnerships between entities that often don’t traditionally work together. The ultimate reward would be to conserve enough well-managed open space to allow for continued ecosystem services and provide benefits to people.

Native Prairies Association of Texas is uniquely focused to conserve and restore this rich and imperiled ecosystem. We are working to keep Texas prairie! It’s our natural heritage.

RIVER WALK HALL

4400 River Walk Drive
Flower Mound, TX 75022

More exciting details coming to this site.

Reservations Available Soon!


Thanks to our North Texas Outreach and Stewardship Program major supporters

Photo credits: page banner by Sean Fitzgerald Photography; River Walk Hall – www.riverwalkflowermound.com

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