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Deer Park Prairie Mowed! Come on Thursday, 8/28/14 to Hear Why!

Deer Park Prairie was mowed with a brush-hog on August 11-12.  A ~7 acre section was left unmowed for visitors to see the late summer wildflowers and fall grasses in bloom. (Scroll down for photos.)

Come to the

HNPAT meeting
at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, 77536
this Thursday, 8/28/14,
6:30 p.m. for refreshments and 6:45 p.m. meeting starts
(15 minutes earlier than usual)

and learn from Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) about how Deer Park Prairie will be managed and why mowed was critical to keep DPP a healthy prairie!

Walk with Pat as she explains the Management Plan and points out what mowing accomplishes. The 7 acres left unmowed provides opportunities for photographs. Thanks to the law student volunteers who did extensive removal of woody plants in this section, it was in good enough condition to be left unmowed for the time being.  After the walk, the meeting will move indoors for a surprise activity.

Come early, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to the open board meeting and help us plan next year, when we will discuss dividing HNPAT meetings between Houston, Deer Park, and Fort Bend County.

Below are photos of the prairie being mowed.  Videos will be uploaded shortly as soon as I figure out how to get it off my tablet and onto youtube. For more and larger resolution photos go in about a week (need to upload) to our Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hnpat).

Map of the ~7 acres not mowed:

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Photos of Glenn Merkord & Phillip Quast marking off the unmowed area:

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Roping off no-mow area. August 11, 2014

Roping off no-mow area. August 11, 2014

Roping off no-mow area. August 11, 2014

All Done - Roping off no-mow area. August 11, 2014

All Done – Roping off no-mow area. August 11, 2014

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Photos of (a)Dan Shepherd, age 84 (father of Stormy Shepherd whom Glenn contracted to mow the prairie) mowing the Deer Park Prairie and (b)Glenn sweeping off the mower.

The brush-hog

The brush-hog

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Cooling the radiator

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Cleaning

Cleaning Bat-wing brush hog with compressed air

Dan Shepherd

Dan Shepherd

DPP mowed. Unmowed area to the right.

DPP mowed. Unmowed area to the right.