Published on July 28, 2022 • Last updated on August 1st, 2022

People for Prairies

Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald.
Sorry – SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
River Walk Hall, Flower Mound, TX

Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) invites you to an evening of great food, drink, music, AND conversation. This could be the start of something bigger.

Experts from the natural resources, working lands, property development, urban planning, and corporate sectors will share their perspectives on how open space can benefit urban development, followed by a panel discussion.

The evening also supports NPAT’s North Texas outreach, stewardship, and education programs. Director Dr. Carly Aulicky works with local landowners and communities to protect, restore, and appreciate native prairies. Sponsorships are available.

Our Featured Experts

Brandon Belcher

Biography

North Texas
Preserves Manager
The Nature Conservancy

Natural Resources

Mary E. Del Olmo

Biography

President
Bartush Land and Cattle Co., Red River Breaks Lodge

Working Lands

Chris Hamilton

Biography

Environmental Manager,
Associate Principal
Peloton Land Solutions

Property Development

Brandi Kelp

Biography

Senior Planner
Open Space Coordinator
The City of Fort Worth

Urban Planning

David Litman

Biography

Chief Executive Officer
Travel Funders Network; founder, Hotels.com

Corporate Sector

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 in Texas to urban development. Natural habitats are fragmented and the species that depend on them are disappearing. Valuable farm and ranch land are taken out of production.

Yet people have been rediscovering the health benefits of nature: physical and mental health, clean air and water, and resilience in a changing climate.

AN ANSWER
Some cities are recognizing the benefits of native biodiversity in urban landscapes and are planning for it. North Texas was dominated by tallgrass prairie – now the rarest ecosystem on earth. Once covering more than 20 million acres in Texas, less than 1% remains today.

Our goal is to forge new connections between entities that often don’t traditionally work together. The reward would be to protect enough well-managed open space to benefit people and wildlife.

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.

Attire is business casual. Relax and enjoy!

THE AGENDA

Pre-event Tour of the Flower Mound and Prairie Commons (click for details)
Check-in, Mingling, Music
Dinner Service
Prairie Hero Award, City Steward Award
Overview of NPAT, North Texas Programs
“How can nature and urban development coexist?”
Individual Speaker Presentations
Panel Discussion
Closing


Your interest is appreciated, but this event is SOLD OUT. Please consider supporting our North Texas Outreach and Stewardship Program with a donation. You will be acknowledged as an individual donor. Thank you!


Thanks to our event sponsors, major supporters, and individual donors!

EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Karen and Sean Fitzgerald

Suzanne and Steve Tuttle

TEXAS CONEFLOWER

Steve and Nancy Wilson

Alton and Sweety Bowman

MAJOR SUPPORTERS

Individual Donors

Glenn Butler

Megan
Davis-McConnell

Breena Riley

John Wilt

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


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