Thank You!


We owe a HUGE thanks to Ian & Barbara Kress, but that will be in a separate blog.

IMG_00003489CrWe 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!


IMG_00003236 - CopyMany 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



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.


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Thanks, DPP Volunteers!!! & other Deer Park Prairie Updates

Many Thanks to Deer Park Prairie Volunteers!

More Opportunity to Volunteer on Saturday, July 26, open from 9 AM – 6 PM

Thanks to the Volunteers who braved the heat and came to help prepare Deer Park Prairie for mowing:

Donna Bailey

Brandt Mannchen

Bill & Celeste Mead (Celeste came both Saturday & Monday!)

Pat and Glenn Merkord

Judy Thomas

Kelly Walker

On Saturday, Donna worked on Baccharis. Bill and Celeste Mead and I (Lan) removed  dead tallows logs downed during the June workday from the prairie and piled them along the east side drainage ditch easement.  Bill, using a chain saw purchased with the TPWD grant, cut down stumps to ground level, so the brush-hog would be able to mow there. McCartney rose was dug up. Glenn Merkord chopped back trees near the prairie entrance and cleared brush and vegetation to removed concrete chunks from the prairie, while Pat did transects required by the TPWD grant. (Unfortunately no photos were taken that day.)

On Monday, Brandt, Celeste, Glenn, Judy, Kelly,& Lan cut the tallow trees along the northwest the fence line at the entrance and cut back the dewberry to remove the debris under it.  All cuttings were transported via Glenn’s trailer to the northwest corner of the prairie, where a brush pile was created. The vegetation under the brush pile consisted of invasives, which hopefully will be smothered by the brush pile.

We were all extremely grateful for the company that chose Deer Park Prairie as the recipient of a violation fine it had to pay. Part of that money paid for fixing the house, so we were able to cool off in the A/C and Pat and Bill were able to shower and freshen up after a hot and sweaty workday.

Everyone enjoyed seeing the plants currently in bloom:

On July 22, the Merkords and I (Lan) met at the house with Flo Hannah of Houston Audubon Society, Mark Kramer of Armand Bayou Nature Center, Aaron Tjelmeland of Texas Nature Conservancy, and Don Verser for a very productive discussion of the Deer Park Prairie Management plan. The upcoming mowing was discussed as well as methods to deal with specific invasives, such as the King Ranch Bluestem, torpedo grass, San Augustine and Bahia grass.

Discussing DPP's Management Plan - July 22, 2014

Discussing DPP’s Management Plan – July 22, 2014

Sat., 5/10, Tallow Eradication at Deer Park Prairie, noon – ??


Help with tallow eradication & see spring blooms at Deer Park Prairie: join Glenn Merkord (HNPAT) & Ian Kress (DPP supporter and former volunteer Stewardship coordinator at Armand Bayou), and “a group of about 7-10 people willing to spend half a day chopping out tallows” at Deer Park Prairie on Saturday, May 10, noon – ??.  Ian might be able to borrow some tools from Armand Bayou.  He and Glenn and the volunteers will be there with chain saw (from Glenn), hand tools, herbicide to do tallow eradication.

If you can come, please RSVP to Glenn Merkord ( ) or Lan Shen ( ).  Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat, preferably long sleeves. Also good to have are garden gloves, sun screen, insect repellent.  If you have tools, like lopper, handsaw, pruners, etc. please bring them and mark them with your name.

Photo of Maryland Meadow Beauty (Rhexia mariana) by Kelly Walker