Welcome New Member Group: Native Prairies Association of Texas

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 2000 acres of native Texas grassland, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie. In 2010, NPAT started its first local chapter in Houston to allow members in the metro area to meet and discuss local and regional projects and raise awareness for the organization in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

2002-A Guadalupe St., PMB 290
Austin, TX 78705
(512)847-7615 (office/fax)
www.texasprairie.org
President: pat_merkord@texasprairie.org
Executive Director: dalmara_bayne@texasprairie.org
President, Houston Chapter: HNPAT@texasprairie.org

Programs: Presentations for landowners about land conservation methods in Texas; Educational presentations and field trips designed for children and adults; land restoration education and support; development of regional land restoration guides; performed a 95 county survey locating remnant native prairies in Texas.
Publications: Quarterly newsletter, Texas Prairie News; periodic email updates for members and people who have requested correspondence via www.texasprairie.org.

Major Events: State of the Prairie Conference: An annual conference dedicated to sharing and furthering the knowledge of grassland conservation, restoration, and education (Dec. 2012, Kingsville); Prairie Heritage Day: A family-oriented educational event focusing on prairie education and awareness of the endangered nature of native grasslands (Nov. 2012, Richmond).

Meeting Times: 4th Wednesday of each month except November and December; Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074

Volunteer opportunities: NPAT offers many opportunities throughout the year for volunteer help and support including workdays and field trips to our conserved properties, bird and plant surveys, and community service projects.

May Trail Maintenance on Tarkington Section of Lone Star Hiking Trail

Title: May Trail Maintenance on Tarkington Section of Lone Star Hiking Trail
Location: Tarkington Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT), Sam Houston National Forest
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Description: On Saturday, May 15, 2010, the Houston Sierra Club will conduct trail maintenance on the Tarkington Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT) in Sam Houston National Forest. We will conduct about 2.0 miles of trail maintenance. May is a warm, but a beautiful time to enjoy the woods. Bring a lopper, machete, swing-blade, saw, or similar tool to trim branches and low growing vegetation. If you do not have a tool we have extra ones. Bring a daypack, two quarts of water, hat, lunch, and hiking shoes. Long pants are highly recommended!!! Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at I-45 North and Greens Road. Look for a green Nissan mini-van. To get to the parking lot, enter the feeder off I-45 North via the Greens Road exit and then pass through the traffic signal at Greens Road. Turn right into the first strip center you come to (look for Brown Sugar’s Barbecue) and drive to the end of the strip center. The parking lot behind IHOP is on the right. Call Jane Prentiss at 713-201-5755 or email her at lshttrailboss@yahoo.com for additional details. Please supply your name and contact information should we need to make changes.
Start Time: 08:00
Date: 2010-05-15

April Trail Maintenance Visits Stubblefield South

Title: April Trail Maintenance Visits Stubblefield South
Location: tubblefield Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT), Sam Houston National Forest
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Description: On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Houston Sierra Club will conduct trail maintenance on the Stubblefield Section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT), south of FM 1375, in Sam Houston National Forest. We will conduct about 2.0 miles of trail maintenance. April is a beautiful month to hike and we should a grand time. Bring a lopper, machete, swing-blade, saw, or similar tool to trim branches and low growing vegetation. If you do not have a tool we have extra ones. Bring a daypack, two quarts of water, hat, lunch, and hiking shoes. Long pants are highly recommended!!! Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at I-45 North and Greens Road. Look for a green Nissan mini-van. To get to the parking lot, enter the feeder off I-45 North via the Greens Road exit and then pass through the traffic signal at Greens Road. Turn right into the first strip center you come to (look for Brown Sugar’s Barbecue) and drive to the end of the strip center. The parking lot behind IHOP is on the right. Call Jane Prentiss at 713-201-5755 or email her at lshttrailboss@yahoo.com for additional details. Please supply your name and contact information should we need to make changes.
Start Time: 08:00
Date: 2010-04-17