Upcoming Events (click on date on the calendar for more details):
Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8pm
5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth
Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (LEED certified building with wind turbine) *Please note, this is our new meet-up location for 2018. SETC Fusion and Parking- map
The Upper Whites Branch Stream and Prairie Restoration at Bluestem Park
Chris Hamilton, Peloton Land Solutions
The upper reach of Whites Branch is an ephemeral stream on the Fort Worth Prairie located within the ongoing Alliance Town Center mixed-use development in Fort Worth. Planning for this development began in late 2012. One of the key questions for this development was how to handle a stock pond formed by a 50 year dam and ephemeral stream flowing through the development. “For this project, Peloton Land Solutions assembled an extensive interdisciplinary team that included engineers, hydrologists, wildlife biologists, landscape architects, planners, rangeland ecologists, and arborists.
It was determined that removing the pond dam and restoring a natural stream channel through the site was the most desirable option. The natural stream design for the restoration focused on geomorphologic factors such as gradient, sinuosity, capacity, and sediment transport characteristics. Ecological factors included native vegetation and wildlife habitat potential. A series of natural stone drop structures were designed to provide grade control & create a natural complex of riffles and runs, mimicking nearby natural streams.
The stream restoration area provides a unique, safe, sustainable, and usable green/open space, including a hike-and-bike trail that weaves through a 14-acre prairie restoration site.
(Visit our Calendar page for hikes, field trips, meet-ups & events)
Maddin Prairie Work Days
Help maintain the trails and the prairie dog town in NPAT’s westernmost prairie. We’ll be trimming trees and cutting brush. Bring gloves and loppers (and other tools). Boots are recommended. Volunteers are welcome to explore the preserve this weekend as well.
There are limited options for overnights on the property in a bunkhouse trailer. But primitive camping and self-contained small RVs are allowed. Hotels in town and Lake Colorado City State Park offer lodging as well.
Limited to 15 volunteers.
For more information, contact Kirsti Harms at email@example.com
Prairie Seekers – Prairie Assessment & Mapping Program
Prairie Seekers Training
Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9am – 3pm
Prairie Seekers is a citizen scientist program training volunteers to assess & map prairies for possible conservation funding opportunities. Data collected is submitted to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Texas Natural Diversity database – which tracks non-game species across the state.
We are currently planning hikes, field trip & tours for Spring 2018. Check back for updated listing of hikes.