Thanks to Ian Kress, Barbara Kress, Jane Reierson, and Glenn Merkord, May 10, 2014 was the first Chinese tallow removal day at Deer Park Prairie! Although Deer Park Prairie (DPP) is a high quality prairie remnant, it does have Chinese tallow on it. Probably almost no natural area in southeast Texas is free from the invasive Chinese tallow. A 2005 study, Houston’s Regional Forest Report lists the Chinese tallow as the most common tree of our region. However the amount of tallow at DPP is manageable and on that day, the managing began.
Working in pairs, the group removed Chinese tallow trees from sections of Deer Park Prairie. They cut the trees and immediately applied herbicide, otherwise for one tree cut, the stump would sprout many shoots from the roots. The big tallow tree at the entrance to the prairie was removed, as well as a section in the center of the prairie. This work will continue during the summer, to open up the prairie floor and allow sunlight to reach native plants and grasses.
We welcome anyone interested in helping with this task. Follow this blog (home page, right-hand column) to get emails of future tallow removal workdays days.