How to Recognize a Prairie Remnant Workshop – all levels of experience welcome

What:  How to Recognize a Prairie Remnant Workshop – all levels of experience welcome
When:  Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9:00am-4:00pm
Where:  Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas will teach students to recognize a remnant prairie in both urban and rural setting. This hands on workshop will cover recognition of indicator species, how to use the internet to locate potential prairie sites, how to record what you see and report it. Identification of the major indicator grasses and forbs will be hands-on, with BRIT’s live demo prairie examples and herbarium specimen pieces for study of detail.We will have lunch on the grounds, so please bring a sack lunch and walking shoes. Cost is 25 dollars for NPAT members and 35 dollars for non- members. Become a member today and take advantage of this workshop.  Limited space available.

Registration & tickets available at

Petition to abolish the Trinity Watershed Management Department


Give the Trinity Park back to the Parks Department

Our biggest natural asset is not being protected

Please sign this petition to protect our park!


The Trinity Watershed Management Department has proven incapable of protecting the irreplaceable natural asset we have in the Trinity River.  One of the ostensible reasons for TWM’s existence was its supposed environmental knowledge and sensitivity.  Instead, its actions with regard to the whitewater feature, Pemberton’s Big Spring, clear cutting the Trinity Forest, and the forest pond drainage prove that it cannot be a responsible steward of the local environment.

TWM’s functions are also entirely duplicative of other departments.  Its flood control functions belong in Public Works, and its park development and management functions belong with the Parks and Recreation Department.  Moving these functions and their share of the budget back where they belong will result in more effective operations and reduction of redundant positions.  Keeping our biggest park under the oversight of the Parks Board will add a layer of protection for this Dallas treasure.

Matt White on “Prairie Time. A Brief Blackland Prairie Environmental History”

Our group’s favorite local author will present “Prairie Time.  A Brief Blackland Prairie Environmental History” at next week’s monthly NPSOT meeting.  This presentation discusses the flora and fauna of the once vast Texas Blackland Prairie along with the appeal it held for settlers.  It also includes the link between the richness of the soil and the richness of the region today, which came at the expense of the flora and fauna. In short, the rich black soil of the Blackland Prairie was Texas’ first black gold.

Matt White teaches American History at Paris Junior College in Greenville. A product of Blackland Prairie people he has written two books interpreting the flora and fauna of the region.  The first, The Birds of Northeast Texas in 2002 was followed in 2006 by Prairie Time (both Texas A&M University Press).  He lives near Campbell where he and his wife are raising their children.

Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas monthly meeting, 7 pm on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the upstairs ‘Guadalupe Peak’ meeting room of the Dallas REI store at 4515 LBJ Fwy, Farmers Branch (635 and Welch Rd).

The presentation will take place at the upstairs ‘Guadalupe Peak’ meeting room of the Dallas REI Outdoor Equipment Store at 4515 LBJ Fwy, Farmers Branch (635 and Welch Rd) and will be preceded by refreshments and a short business meeting.

NPSOT’s annual symposium now open for registration

Registration is now open for our annual fall symposium October 16-19 at the Texarkana Convention Center.

Register here now.  More information is available here including a schedule and details on accommodations and field trips.

The symposium will focus on Northeast Texas: Diversity of Ecosystems. Located literally on the border of two states, “Twice as Nice” Texarkana is actually two cities—Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark. Less than an hour to the northwest is Oklahoma and about a half-hour to the south is Louisiana. It’s truly a four-state region. Not only do those four geopolitical state lines converge in or near Texarkana, but several ecological lines converge there, too. Two of Texas’ ten vegetational zones—Piney Woods and Post Oak Savannah—bisect Texarkana’s Bowie County diagonally, and ecosystems converging all around include pine and hardwood forests, grasslands, deserts, swamps and even subtropics.

Headquarters will be the Texarkana Convention Center. Located at 4610 Cowhorn Creek Road—on the Texas side of Texarkana, just off Interstate 30—the spacious environmentally friendly convention center boasts the prestigious LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Texarkana is located on Interstate 30, about 175 miles east of Dallas (just more than 2½ hours) on the border with Arkansas. The convention center and host hotel are located 13 minutes from Texarkana Regional Airport, which is served by American Eagle Airlines, and 9 minutes from Amtrak’s Texas Eagle station, on the Arkansas side of Texarkana.

Symposium 2014 is open to anyone interested in the role that native habitats play in our daily lives and offers a tremendous opportunity to learn how to restore and preserve our state’s rich and diverse native plant communities.

NPAT’s own Mary Talbot Prairie will be one of the field trips.