See more photos at this album at HNPAT’s Flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/hnpat/albums/72157679171518406
Way to started 2017: outdoors, in great weather, in good company, and doing great and much needed work! Thanks to all you volunteers – Chuck Duplant, Ian Kress, Allen & Hazel Potvin, Bruce Senior, Don Verser, Kelly Walker led by Glenn Merkord – who came out on the special workday on January 14, 2017!
Deer Park Prairie was not mowed or hayed in 2016. Hindering the mowing was both the excessive rains which made the prairie too wet to mow and woodies of greater diameter than the mower can handle. Even with 4 additional workdays in June and July, volunteers have not been able to keep up with removal of all the new woody growth. In conjunction with NPAT, Ian and Barbara Kress, major donors to DPP, proposed, found, contacted, and facilitated bids from professional contractors to remove Chinese tallow and other woody invasives that were hindering the mowing/haying. The contractor also treated the stumps with herbicides. The entire operation cost between $5000 and $10,000.
They were not contracted to remove the logs and branches, part of which the volunteers did on Saturday, 1/14/17 and will continue to do on our regular workday on 1/28/17.
For the 1/28/17 workday at Deer Park Prairie, Allen Potvin, ExxonMobil retiree, and his wife Hazel, HNPAT Treasurer, are seeking a few more ExxonMobil employees/retirees/family members in order to get an Exxon Mobil Team Grant of $500 for DPP and HNPAT.
See next blog for specifics and if interested, please contact Lan at Lan.Shen@txgcmn.org
Thanks again to our volunteers! We welcome any volunteers who want to come help us on 1/28/17.
Please RSVP to Lan at the email above