Monday, September 10, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
*Please note, our new meeting location is at TCC’s Northwest Campus.
Meeting in Room WACB 1123
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The Journey of Restoring 645 Acres of Rare Silveus Dropseed Prairie at the Ebel Grassland Ranch
Presenter: Karl & Kelli Ebel with their 12-year old son Christian
In 2003, Karl Ebel initiated a grassland restoration project on 645 acres of the Ebel Grasslands Ranch, located in Hopkins County Northeast Texas. In 2012, the family bought an additional 360 acres. Prior to the Ebel’s purchase of the 1,057 acres, the land was continuously farmed from about 1834. Upon purchasing the land, the Ebels decided to return it to the unique prairie that existed there prior to farming. At least 780 acres were originally tallgrass Silveus dropseed prairie. Karl and Kelli, along with their 12-year old son, Christian, will discuss this 15-year learning adventure in grassland ecology, where they continue sustainable beef and goat production utilizing a rotational grazing system, prescribed burning and trample planting.
Fire Ecology Field Trip to Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Saturday, September 29, 2018
RSVP to join us on a fire ecology field trip at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department staff will take us on a BEHIND THE SCENES tour of fire & prairie ecology, regional history & paleo-history. We will tour their burn units & learn about their management goals using fire to restore prairie. Afterwards, we’ll head to Valley View for brick-oven pizza & a visit to the distillery &/or winery. *This is a carpool event so a designated driver will need to be determined.
Cost: Entrance to the park ($10) Proceeds will benefit RRLSP & NPAT
Details: RSVP at https://fireecology.eventbrite.com (details will be sent after RSVP)
Mark your calendar to donate to NPAT on North Texas Giving Day, September 20, 2018
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The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization & land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, & appreciation of native prairies, savannas, & other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 3,850 acres of native Texas prairie, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie. NPAT is a 501(c)(3) organization, & your membership and contributions are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.
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From Texas Alliance’s newsletter: “Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 4647, which will provide $1.3 billion annually from existing federal revenues for state-led projects to restore fish and wildlife habitats. More than $60 million per year would be for projects in Texas.
Passage of H.R. 4647 would direct a portion of existing royalties from energy and mineral production on federal lands and waters to the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program. State wildlife agencies will distribute the money to projects for habitat restoration, scientific research, protecting land, establishing conservation easements, and other initiatives listed in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan to conserve Species of Greatest Conservation Need.”