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 informal 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.”