Texas native prairies are home to iconic wildflowers and much-loved wildlife species such as Monarch butterflies, Bobwhite quail, and Texas horned lizards. They provide many benefits, such as clean water, food production, flood protection, carbon capture, and outdoor recreation.
Native prairies are also one of our most endangered natural ecosystems. Over 12 million acres of vibrant tallgrass prairies once existed in North and Central Texas. These rich grasslands were the source of the bountiful agricultural and natural resources our state inherited. Unfortunately, today, less than 1% of the original prairie remains and we continue to lose over 250 acres per day of critical rural lands to urban development.
The good news? Native Prairies Association of Texas—and Texans like you—are working to save our prairies and natural heritage. There is hope -- and you can deliver it. More city residents, businesses, and municipalities want to learn how to restore property back to a native landscape. More rural landowners are coming to us to help protect their land for the benefit of wildlife and future generations. However, to support them requires staff, equipment, and funding.
Your gift will save native prairies by helping Dr. Carly Aulicky, our North Texas Outreach and Stewardship Director:
Connect with landowners through consultations and workshops to help preserve and restore grasslands;
Maintain the health of our protected prairies for the benefit of wildlife and the environment;
Engage with diverse audiences to learn the beauty and benefits of our native prairies;
Create partnerships to initiate new prairie protection and restoration projects in North Texas.
REASONS TO LOVE NATIVE PRAIRIE
Texas prairies provide remarkable benefits - surprising plant and animal diversity, rich soil, water cleansing, reduced flooding, outdoor recreation, natural beauty, sustainable livestock grazing, and more reliable carbon storage than forests. DFW, Houston, and other regional cities are starting to integrate native prairies into their resiliency plans.
WHAT YOU GET WHEN WHEN YOU SUPPORT NPAT
NPAT lets you directly experience local prairies. The Fort Worth and Blackland (Dallas) chapters offer regular meetings, field trips, workdays, and workshops that let you and your family get outdoors, learn, meet fellow conservationists, and care for local prairies. Each chapter works with city parks, Master Naturalists, and other partners in the DFW metro area and surrounding counties.
YOU are vital to our success. We rely on our extraordinary members, donors, and volunteers. If you are already an NPAT supporter -- thank you! If you are new to NPAT, you are invited to join this unique family of prairie enthusiasts and discover native prairies, be inspired by their beauty, and save a historic part of our Texas heritage.
The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) conserves and restores native prairies and educates people about their beauty and benefits.
NPAT is a nonprofit land trust that owns or manages over 5,750 acres throughout the state, much of it in North Texas. We regularly connect with rural landowners to share knowledge about the benefits of preserving or restoring their native grasslands. More are recognizing the importance of conservation for the future benefit of people and wildlife. We also educate the urban public about prairies, encouraging native plants in yards, gardens, and public spaces to support and attract beneficial pollinators and birds.
Additional funding is needed to expand our North Texas Outreach and Stewardship (NTOS) program under the leadership of Director Dr. Carly Aulicky.
The Fort Worth and Blackland (Dallas) chapters are dedicating all 2023 NTGD gifts to these services: training and consulting with rural landowners who want to protect or restore their native grasslands, educating the public about the beauty and benefits of native prairies, and strengthening partnerships in the region. All so more native prairie can be protected and restored, today and for future generations.
Thank you for helping us save a part of Texas heritage!
The Native Prairies Association of Texas extends our mission and activities to all Texas residents or other supporters. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of our programs, activities, or operations. We invite anyone with a love of the outdoors and an interest in conservation and prairies to join us. We enjoy a diversity of participation in our education programs, member activities, volunteer projects, and prairie field trips. YOU are welcome!