** HNPAT 2016 planning meeting
Fri, 12/18, Seed Collecting UH Coastal Center
Sat, 12/19, Deer Park Prairie: seed collect or help feed chipper or invasive control
** CPP Plans 2016 Prairie Power Series
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Help HNPAT Plan 2016
(Houston Chapter - Native Prairies Association of Texas)

HNPAT is scheduling a 2016 planning meeting. We would like YOUR HELP, your ideas, and your suggestions to plan and organize 2016. Please plan to join us, even if you do not wish to be an officer or committee chair. NPAT Executive Director Pat Merkord will chair the meeting; out-going HNPAT President Lan Shen will also attend.

If you cannot attend any of the upcoming dates, but would like to receive emails about future HNPAT planning meetings, please email and let me know.

Please indicate in the doodle poll (link: ALL the times that you are available to attend the planning meeting. You do not have to login in or create an account to use the doodle poll.  If you do not wish to participate in a doodle poll, you may email (please click the email link) and indicate your choices:
  • Monday, December 21, 6:30 - 8:15 pm
  • Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 - 8:15 pm
  • Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 - 8:15 pm
  • Cannot attend this time, but would like to continue receiving HNPAT planning emails
Meeting location will be determined. Possibilities are:
Luby's, 2400 South Macgregor Way, Houston, TX 77021
Luby's 1414 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019
Cleburne Cafeteria 3606 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005 (need to check out to see if they can accomodate group and are relatively quiet)

Just to keep from sending another email to those who do not respond, but decide to come anyway, the final decision on meeting time & location will be posted on the home page of our website: by Sunday morning, December 20 at the latest. Or send an email to saying that you would like to receive future HNPAT planning emails.

Scroll past upcoming events for preliminary information about 2016 Power Series.
Seed Collecting & Special Workday at Deer Park Prairie
As always on the prairie, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. For seed collecting, bring clippers  if you have them. Also recommended are long-sleeved shirt, hat, water, insect repellent, sunscreen.

Email to RSVP and for event day contact number. Last minute deciders are welcome, but will not be contacted in case of cancellation, etc.
  • Friday, December 18, 2015 @ UH Coastal Center in La Marque, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Seed Collecting at UH Coastal Center which is usually not open to the public and where the gate is kept locked. Meet in front of the gate in La Marque, TX – google map:  Please arrive on time, so we can go through the locked gate together. Reminder: No facilities at UH Coastal Center.
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to noon or later
    1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536
    ** In addition to seed collecting, volunteers at Deer Park Prairie can also:
    ** Help get already chopped tree limbs and branches off the prairie by helping Glenn Merkord feed them into a chipper that The Nature Conservancy’s Nash Prairie loaned to us.
    ** Help with invasive control by (1) picking up residual Japanese honeysuckle pieces – chopped last weekend – off the prairie before they root in this moist soil, (2) digging up a few clumps of Angleton bluestem and (3) using a lopper to get rid of the invasive Lantana camera.

    Please bring a signed liability release: adult or  adult+children
    Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses – park across the street.

    Note: The chipper was donated to Nash. It can be towed on the highway by a pickup truck. NPAT would really LOVE to have one to be used at all its prairies. Glenn needs to check the exact cost, but ball park figure is $15,000(?)  Any ideas??

"Upcoming Event" photo from This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license by EGalvez (WMF).
CPP Plans 2016 Prairie Power Series
In-coming CPP (Coastal Prairie Partnership) President, Dr. Cassidy Johnson and current CPP President/Founder Jaime Gonzalez are planning to have a 2016 Prairie Power Series similar to the 2014 Power Series:

Please email with any ideas or suggestions for classes, field trips, workshops, events, etc.

Keep on the look out for future developments, which will be posted in our blog section (right-hand column of our website, near the top).
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