Thank you, Ian & Barbara Kress!

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Ian Kress, September 3, 2014, Chinese tallow workday.

A HUGE thank you to Ian & Barbara Kress for your generous donations to Deer Park Prairie in both money and time!

Ian & Barbara Kress, who had donated significantly toward the purchase of Deer Park Prairie, recently donated $5000 to the Native Prairies Association of Texas for Deer Park Prairie. Moreover, they have applied for that amount to be matched by Barbara’s workplace.

Furthermore, Ian has been one of Deer Park Prairie’s most active volunteers in Chinese tallow removal. He initiated the tallow removal workday this past July, when he, his wife Barbara, and Jane Reierson worked with Glenn to cut down tallow trees with chain saws and immediately treated the stumps with herbicide. Although Ian’s job takes him frequently out of the country, whenever he is in town, he comes for a day or two of Chinese tallow removal with Glenn Merkord and sometimes also with Barbara.  Their last two workdays were in October.

We cannot thank Ian and Barbara Kress enough for all they do!


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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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