The Great North East Texas Prairie Tour

Bus Tour of North East Texas Prairies

Sponsored by the Blackland (Dallas) chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

Saturday June 4th, 2016

Transportation: Charter Bus
Cost: $65 per Native Prairies Association of Texas member, $75 per non-member
Lunch and dinner included

GambillsGooseRefuge-npatCome visit the most extraordinary and rare Prairies in Texas. These Blackland Long Spike Tridens and Silveus Dropseed Prairies are at their most beautiful in early June. Most of these places are not open to the public except for special invitation like this.

Don’t miss this opportunity to travel via charter bus led by plant, bird and butterfly experts. The day will end with a sunset dinner on the prairie. These tours always sell out. Make your reservations soon.

Article on Northeast Texas prairies by Jason Spangler

Itinerary:

Depart: Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake in Dallas.
Free parking.
7:00 AM

NPAT easements adjoining Clymer Meadow – near Celeste
Owned and managed by NPAT
8:15 AM – Depart 9:45 AM

Tridens Prairie & Historical Marker – west of Paris.
Private property.
10:45 AM –Depart 11:15 AM

Gambill Goose Refuge – northwest of Paris
City of Paris park.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Lunch)

DaphnePrairie-npat-smMary Talbot Prairie – near New Boston.
Owned and managed by NPAT
2:30 PM Arrive – 4:00 PM Depart

Daphne Prairie – near Mt. Vernon.
Private property.
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Dinner)

Click here to register for this event.

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Another Hands On the Prairie Day – this Sunday! 5/22

Another Hands On the Prairie Day – this Sunday!

Sunday, May 22nd at noon

316 E. Lawther Dr Dallas, TX 75218
Access from eastbound Mockingbird. Turn on East Lawther and take first left into hilltop parking lot by the picnic pavilion.

Sandifer1-smalBoy Scout Hill — the prairie area at the southwest corner or Buckner and Mockingbird off East Lawther, has been adopted by the Blackland NPAT chapter for a prairie beautification project through the City of Dallas’ Parks Dept.

With less than a year of work, it is already looking much better, with less invasive Queen Anne’s lace and more native wildflowers. Check out these recent pictures by Ben Sandifer. Have you ever wandered in, hunkered down, and viewed the lake through the prairie grass and colorful wildflowers bending in the breeze? Truly magical!

This is possibly the most visible native prairie remnant in Dallas County. Let’s make it magnificent! There’s a good bit of Queen Anne’s lace left, so we must continue. We are dealing with this weed by pulling them up by the roots. If you’re a true prairie maniac, help us dig those suckers up!

Bring hand trowels, garden weeders and probes, work gloves and plastic bags, plus sun gear (glasses, hat, sunscreen) and bug  spray. The weather is suppose to be great this weekend.

Master Naturalists! This qualifies for required volunteer hours.

Can’t make it? We’ll also be there on Sun May 1st from noon to 2 pm. Mark your calendar!

Need more details? Wondering what to do if it’s rainy? Or if you get lost that day? Call RJ at 214-274-3477

Photos courtesy Ben Sandifer.

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Join us at the May Blackland Chapter Meeting

Preserving Prairies with Livestock and Haying

May 10 Tuesday at 6:30pm
The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
Flag Pole Classroom
The Point is on the west side of the quadrant (closest to Lawther).

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur presenter will be Michael Brooks, the District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Working from their Arlington office, Brooks works with rural landowners to address their land management and livestock operations in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. He will discuss sustainable native prairie management using livestock and haying. This fascinating presentation was very well received, even by urbanites, at the Fort Worth chapter meeting.

Agricultural operations on native prairie sites can be very compatible with the protection of grassland integrity and promotion of diverse wildlife. Brooks will discuss the proper operations of agricultural grasslands including evaluation of how much grass can be produced, proper animal stocking rates per acre and techniques for sustainable grazing of grasslands. Drought factors will be discussed, as well as range resource inventories, good and bad management practices, control of invasive species, and wildlife considerations. Use of native prairie remnants as hay fields will also be discussed.

For More Info: Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159