North Texas Wild: A rollicking tour of iconic Northeast Texas prairies

North Texas Wild: A rollicking tour of iconic Northeast Texas prairies

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By Amy Martin  The Native Prairies Association of Texas hosted a prairie tour in Northeast Texas in early June. Intrepid Green Source DFW columnist tagged along on the day-long charter bus tour that ended with a rainbow over Daphne Prairie in Franklin County. Photos by Stalin SM. DAWN IS NO TIME TO BE ALIVE Saturday June 5, 7 a.m. I’m one of the last …

North Texas Wild: Two local fests celebrate the prairie we call home

North Texas Wild: Two local fests celebrate the prairie we call home

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By Amy Martin 0 Comments April 26, 2016 What if word got out that all but one percent of the Piney Woods ecosystem of East Texas had been leveled? There would be a huge public response. People love trees. But native grasses? By and large North Texans have not risen to their defense. Perhaps it’s because our Blackland Prairie lacks the …

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

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A prairie remnant at Winfrey Point overlooking White Rock Lake in Dallas. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald. By Amy Martin Nov. 24, 2015Stand sometime in the midst of a typical Texas pasture. Everything is contained, with neat fencerows and grass kept short by the relentless grazing of cows. It’s silent and still, with no movement or sound of wildlife. Peaceful and …

North Texas Wild: Turning pastures into prairies in Fannin County

North Texas Wild: Turning pastures into prairies in Fannin County

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Amy Martin’s North Texas Wild: Turning pastures into prairies in Fannin County North Texas Wild is a monthly column by Amy Martin, introducing readers to the wild spaces of North Texas. This month, Martin shares how she and her husband have been working to transform their 75-acre property northeast of Dallas into a nature preserve over the last 15 years. …

Seeds of Abundance

Seeds of Abundance

by Amy Martin (c) for Autumn Equinox 2009 It was one of those brilliant autumn in days North Texas. The strident summer Sun had mellowed to just the right brightness, yet it was still t-shirt weather warm. The August doldrums had moved off and there was a breeze again. My husband Scooter and I were driving down country roads looking …

Foolish Faith

Foolish Faith

by Amy Martin (c) It’s the very definition of insanity, you know, to do something over and again and expect that somehow next time will be different. Yet I don’t feel insane, I feel blissful. Once again I‘m trying to naturalize plants to the wild, restoring what too many cattle and too much neglect did to the land at Osage …

And Then You Remember Why

And Then You Remember Why

by Amy Martin (c) Hardly a day goes by that don’t I wonder why I do this, or that I don’t worry that if another responsibility or expense is laid on me that I’ll just break to pieces. The Moonlady News community and other listservs, management of Earth Rhythms and all its projects, family and friends and on those seldom …

The Way the Day Unfolds, part 3 of 4 – Patience & Prairie

The Way the Day Unfolds, part 3 of 4 – Patience & Prairie

by Amy Martin (c) The East Flank remained meadow-like for a while. By the time we got there 50 years later, the cedars had reduced the long meadow into a series of patches and in our first three years we watched the cedars get larger and more numerous. The drought of 2006 made it worse. The seeps stopped flowing. Plants …

The Way the Day Unfolds, part 2 of 4 – Invasion of the Cedars

The Way the Day Unfolds, part 2 of 4 – Invasion of the Cedars

by Amy Martin (c) Our search for grasses takes us by jeep into the Back 40, to the East Flank. On this side of the wet-weather Cross Creek that divides the 43 acres, the cedar trees had not completely overtaken. Fifty years ago during a long drought, the neighboring rancher had cut the fence and allowed his cattle in. His …

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