Many thank you's; Prairie month photos; Tomorrow- DPP workday, 9a-12p; 2015 Prairie Conference @ Houston Zoo & more.
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HNPAT & Deer Park Prairie News
& Many Thank You's
November 20, 2014

Thank you, Ian & Barbara Kress


for your generous donations to Deer Park Prairie in both money and time!

Ian & Barbara Kress, who had donated significantly toward the purchase of Deer Park Prairie, recently donated $5000 to the Native Prairies Association of Texas for Deer Park Prairie. Moreover, they have applied that amount to be matched by Barbara's workplace.

Furthermore, Ian has been one of Deer Park Prairie's most active volunteers in Chinese tallow removal. He initiated the tallow removal workday this past July, when he, his wife Barbara, and Jane Reierson worked with Glenn to cut down tallow trees with chain saws and immediately treated the stumps with herbicide. Although Ian's job takes him frequently out of the country, whenever he is in town, he comes for a day or two of Chinese tallow removal with Glenn Merkord and sometimes also with Barbara.  
A HUGE thank you to Ian and Barbara Kress!

Information below on 2015 the date November 12-14, 2015 for Prairie Conference in Houston... DPP's first Eagle Scout project...more thank you' of Prairie Month & other events...Doug Haass' Deer Park Prairie Journal, and more.

Scroll down to the footer for a full list of blogs mentioned in this email.
Read entire blog here.

We do not thank Glenn Merkord enough for all he does. Because he is the husband of Pat Merkord, NPAT's Executive Director, we forget that Glenn is a volunteer, but that is exactly what he is - the hardest working HNPAT volunteer... 

Many thanks to Judy Thomas for volunteering to be the House on the Prairie Landscape Chair... and her husband Randy... Judy is also the Booth Chair for HNPAT.   If you would like to work with Judy on either of these projects, please contact her at

More thanks to Charlie Lundquist, Brandt Mannchen & David Boyd, Janis Terry, and Barbara Willy.

What Do You See? 

Above links to Doug Haass' latest entry in his journal. Enjoy! Thank you Doug!

Offsprings from
Monarch Way Station from
Deer Park Prairie Celebration

Janis Terry writes about the Monarch Way Station that she won at the Deer Park Prairie Celebration's silent auction and that Barbara later installed in her garden.

E. Texas Prairie & Savannah Tour Pictures 

Jane Reierson writes and shares photos on the East Texas Prairie & Savannah Tour that Brandt Mannchen led.

Mark Oldham – First Eagle Scout Project at Deer Park Prairie 

Thank you Mark Oldham & the Boy Scouts of Troop 641 & their advisors for working on the first Eagle Scout project at Deer Park Prairie on November 15, 2014. They did a wonderful job clearing approximately half of the fenceline, full of dense overgrown, mostly non-native shrubs & trees, between the house on the prairie and the cemetary. The cleared fenceline will also act as a firebreak and a perimeter path for visitors... Read entire blog and see more photos or in the Deer Park Prairie album of the HNPAT Flickr account.  

Many Thanks to Janis Terry, HNPAT volunteer, for suggesting this project to Mark and his advisor, Dr. Jeff Allen and for coordinating the project!

Dealing with Chinese Tallow @ DPP 

At the special workday on November 9, 2014, Glenn Merkord led a crew of Laura Hodges, Charlie Lundquist, Randy & Judy Thomas, and Lan Shen to spray the woody plants, especially the Chinese tallows, but also Baccharis, etc., that had regrown after the August mowing...  Read the entire blog. Thank you all!

Prairie Month Photos 

Many more prairie months photos in the link to the blog.

Next Workday

is this Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. - noon at Deer Park Prairie (DPP), 1222 E. Purdue Lane, 77536.  Please bring pruners and if anyone has one a wheelbarrow or garden wagon. Weather forecast for Saturday is not promising; please send cell phone numbers, when you RSVP.

Pat Merkord will be doing a bird survey tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Anyone wanting to join her, please be at the House on the Prairie. The bird survey will be a regular event at every 4th Saturday workday from now on. Pat ( is looking for volunteers to help her do the regular surveys.

Next scheduled workday will be 2nd Wednesday or December 10. Please RSVP to with your cell phone number, in case we need to contact you on event day.

As always, wear long pants & closed toe shoes and please do not park directly in front of our neighbors' houses. Bring garden gloves and tools, if you have them. No experience necessary.


2015 Preview

Our monthly meetings will change back to fourth Wednesdays and for the immediate future will mostly be at 3015 Richmond Ave. 77098.

However, the building will be torn down next fall so we are looking for a new location for meetings. Currently, we spend about $80 / meeting. If you know of any meeting location in that neighborhood for similar price, please contact

Save the Dates

Prairie Chicken Week: April 5-11, 2015

2015 Prairie Celebration at Deer Park Prairie: End of April or Beginning of May. New NPAT (state organization) Board member Barbara Willy will be organizing this event. She is looking for volunteers willing to help.

Prairie Conference: November 12-14 at the Houston Zoo's Brown Education Center.  Thank you Houston Zoo for their sponsorship! Anyone willing to help with the conference, please email

Deer Park Prairie workdays will continue to be 2nd Wednesdays & 4th Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

Bird Surveys will be on 4th Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.

Full List of Blogs 

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