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Monday, June 3 • 10:30am - 10:55am
Prairie Rising - A Case Study in Prairie Preservation, Restoration, and Management LIMITED

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Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is located near the western shore of Galveston Bay and manages one of the largest remnants of prairie in the region.  For over forty years ABNC has been a prairie pioneer in restoration and management.  As a small not-for-profit with a small staff, the management of 2500 acres requires creative solutions. The nature center incorporates traditional management tools including invasive species control, prescribed burning, mowing and vegetation monitoring.  A dedicated volunteer corps (Prairie Friday), is instrumental in all aspects of management.  A community-based restoration celebration; Prairie Pandemonium enlists Houstonians to dig in by planting, learning and partying for the prairie. ABNC is also expanding efforts to engage the next generation of the prairie liberation army through service learning projects.  Service learning projects enlist students to immerse themselves in cultivating and planting locally rare grasses and forbs.  A second student program produces an environmental film series (The Bayou City Eco-Almanac), helping to promote eco-literacy in the greater Houston area and of the importance and rare nature of coastal tallgrass prairies.  This talk will serve as an introduction to Tuesday’s BBQ/ABNC prairie experience.

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Mark Kramer

Conservation Director & Chief Naturalist, Armand Bayou Nature Center
Mark Kramer is a native of Pasadena Texas and has served as the Conservation Director & Chief Naturalist at Armand Bayou Nature Center since 1995.  He began exploring the bayou in his teens and has lived, worked and played here in some fashion since then.  His work duties include... Read More →

Monday June 3, 2019 10:30am - 10:55am CDT
Room 1418, The Forest Room