Cedar Ridge Preserve Workday

Saturday, November 18, 8 am

Plant preparation: 8 am
Planting: 9 am
Carpooling recommended; parking very limited on weekends.

We will help restore a Blackland Prairie parcel that has had no attention since the ‘90s. Volunteers will plant 250 one-gallon pots of native grasses and forbs. Jobs include moving plants, digging holes, prepping soil, planting, and watering. Wear long pants and hiking boots. Hats and sunglasses recommended. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

Volunteer signup page: https://www.volunteersignup.org/H7DTF

Questions? Contact Tom Willard at thikesto@aol.com or 469-766-7572, who says “You will be hard-pressed to find more fun than joining us.”

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Mathews Prairie is Saved!

It was clear to prairie fans that $50,000 for a rare 100-acre plot of Blackland Prairie was a special opportunity. They rose to the occasion. With donations ranging from $20 to $10,000, and a major fundraising event by the Fort Worth NPAT chapter, Mathews Prairie was purchased in record time.

A big celebration will be held in January. Check our Facebook page for a report from an Liatris Matthews Prairie P1270202informal multi-group celebration excursion held there in November.

Mathews Prairie is under a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, but intense encroachment pressures led to NPAT to purchase the prairie and co-manage with TNC as it does with Mary Talbot Prairie. With the 1400-acre Clymer Meadow, Mathews, and other prairie remnants, Hunt County has the greatest concentration of Blackland projects in North Texas.

“The plant community on this particular remnant is incredibly diverse and shows many of the ‘indicator’ species known in the area thought to only grow in a true prairie are abundant on Mathews Prairie in summer,” says Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC. “These prairies all work together as islands to support one another through genetic exchange.”

Just a few more $ needed to fund Paul Mathews Prairie

Coming down the home stretch for Paul Mathews Prairie funding. Exciting! Please help NPAT preserve this rare 100 acres of true Blackland Prairie. Share this flier! Donate here: https://app.etapestry.com/…/NativePrair…/mathewsprairie.htmlPaul-Mathews-flyer

Check out this great PowerPoint presentation by the Fort Worth NPAT chapter.

mathews power point 1

 

Cedar Ridge Preserve Field Trip

Photo by Ben Sandifer, Trinity Trails Blog

Saturday, November 11

Meet 9:30 am at Cedar Ridge Preserve

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Carpooling recommended; parking very limited on weekends.

Tom Willard introduces the Blackland Chapter to the prairie parts of Cedar Ridge Preserve in southwest Dallas County. The county’s highest elevation at 755 feet, the 600 acres (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) offers some astounding views and a wide variety of habitats. This will be in lieu of the November BNPAT meeting. Trail map.

It will take 90 minutes for the complete tour. Though it will involve quite a bit of walking, we will start with the close, easy walking sites, and then progress to the more challenging. You can bow out at any time.

Discover some well-established prairies, and examine overgrown prairies and those being restored. (A BNPAT workday will be the following Saturday.) We’ll discuss the challenging aspect with prairie restoration and maintenance. 

Comfortable work shoes or boots, hat, and sunglasses recommended. Bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Questions? Email thikesto@aol.com, text or call 469-766-7572.

Details on November 18 workday.