We owe a HUGE thanks to Ian & Barbara Kress, but that will be in a separate blog.
We do not thank Glenn Merkord enough for all he does. Because Glenn 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. He was the person responsible for getting the house on the prairie fixed, for purchasing Deer Park Prairie equipment, for all activities involved in maintaining DPP, for giving a great talk on seed collecting at our September meeting, for bringing a tremendous amount of seeds for the September & November meetings, and much more. On workdays, Glenn was always the first person there and the last to leave. Deer Park Prairie is fortunate that Glenn retired from his paying job late last year!
Many thanks to Judy Thomas for volunteering to be the House on the Prairie Landscape Chair. From the very beginning, Judy was instrumental in getting the House on the Prairie cleaned and in shape to be used. She has now taken on the landscape around the house. Judy saw our needs, so she and her husband Randy just jumped in and took care of them. Plans are in the works to grow out seeds from Deer Park Prairie to get plants to landscape the yard.
Judy is also the Booth Chair for HNPAT. We always need volunteers for the information booths. If you would like to work with Judy on either of these projects, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie Lundquist (left) deserves special thanks for all the hard work he has put in at Deer Park Prairie, chainsawing trees and shrub, herbiciding them, working on the fenceline and he can get so much done during a workday!
Thank you to Brandt Mannchen for leading the trip to E. Texas Prairies and Savannah and for coming to Deer Park Prairie with David Boyd to work on the NW fenceline!
Thank you to Janis Terry for bringing the first Eagle Scout Project to Deer Park Prairie. Read about it at Mark Oldham – First Eagle Scout Project at Deer Park Prairie
Thank you to Barbara Willy for agreeing to organize the 2015 Prairie Celebration next spring and for joining the board of NPAT.