Native Plant Society

Highland Lakes Native Plant Society

 The Native Plant Society of Texas
Highland Lakes Chapter

The Native Plant Society of Texas wants to preserve our state's rich heritage for future generations. NPSOT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through 33 chapters located around the state.

The Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the third Saturday of selected months. The Highland Lakes Chapter covers the Central Texas area around Burnet, Marble Falls and Kingsland. The next meeting will be Saturday, January 18,2020.  Social at 1:00, Program at 1:30 at the Marble Falls Library.  Everyone is invited to attend this free program.  See below for information on the program.

Program for Saturday, January 18th

Highland Lakes Native Plant Society's January 18th meeting will have a presentation by David Mahler, ecologist for Environmental Survey Consulting entitled "Spicewood Ranch After 31 years of Restoration - What We Have Accomplished and Learned". Restoration on the 1200 acre Spicewood Ranch started in 1988 and includes controlled burns, cedar removal, deer reduction, high fencing, seeding, exotic species control, and deer enclosures. Successful reestablishment of the most palatable woody species and perennial forbs has been dependent on developing a sequence for their reintroduction, starting with those species that are only slightly palatable to the reduced deer population, and then gradually add more palatable species. Meeting of the Highland Lakes NPSOT is at the Marble Falls Library at 101 Main St in Marble Falls. The program starts at 1:00 PM with a business meeting following. AT is approved for MG and MN. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Program for Saturday, September 21st

On Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1 pm, Nicholas Cowey will speak in the Marble Falls Library on 101 Main Street, Marble Falls, Texas 78654 at the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas. The topic is "The Edible Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition That Are Found in Texas." Nicholas Cowey earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University in May 2002. Nicholas is an Eagle Scout and worked ten years at the Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop starting as a merit badge counselor, Nature Director, and rose to Camp Program Director. Nicholas also worked with the Fort Smith Mountain Men adventure firm developing travel programs for youth throughout the western states and Canada. He has worked at McKinney Roughs Nature Park for the LCRA for 12 years. He is the lead compiler for the Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count, an annual bird survey of the Audubon Society. Nicholas teaches conservation using hands-on activities that gets students involved in nature. He makes amazing frog and owl sounds to call animals on night hikes. His passion for the natural world is fun and contagious. This class has been approved for one hour AT by Master Naturalist and Master Gardener.  Approved for AT credit for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists.

Program for Saturday, May 18th

Minnette Marr will be the speaker for the May 18, 2019 meeting. She will be sharing her work in seed conservation and three current projects. Minnette is a plant conservationist and curates the herbarium and the seed bank at the Wildflower Center where she is the Conservation Program Manger. She provides workshops and leads field trips for conservation groups interested in contributing ecotypes of native plant species to the seed bank. Past experiences include maintaining the wetlands restoration nursery near the headwaters of the San Marcos River, inventorying plants for private landowners, surveying vegetation for the Texas A&M Forest Service, collecting and processing hundreds of seed collections for the Millennium Seed Bank, designing a milkweed ecotype collecting strategy for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assessing vegetation keys for the National Park Service. For her master’s in science education, she designed a project-based curriculum for a high school environmental science course. For her master’s in biology, she inventoried the plants and mapped the vegetation at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop County, Texas. 

Program for Saturday, March 16th

The March meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will
be on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public
Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX  78654.

From 1:30pm-2:30pm, our speaker will be Elias Guerrero, formerly with The
Wildflower Center in Austin, and currently with the Escondido Golf and Lake
Club in Horseshoe Bay.  Elias is speaking on:  ”One is the loneliest
number, garden fails by failing to go bold!"  The presentation has been
approved for Master Gardener AT. 
Program for Saturday, January, 19th, 2019

The January meeting of the Highland Lakes Native Plant Society of Texas will be on Saturday, January 19, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX 78654. There will be a social half hour from 1:00-1:30pm; a speaker from 1:30-2:30pm; and a business meeting from 2:30pm to 3:00pm.

Our speaker will be Deedy Wright, a long-time member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a current member of the Lindheimer Chapter. Here is how she describes what she will be talking about:

“When you think about landscaping, do you believe you can only use native plants in a wildscape? Broaden your horizons! Actually natives can be used in any kind of landscape if you know the right ones to plant. Let your imagination run wild! Discover how you can use natives in your landscape to attract wildlife (other than deer!), reduce your maintenance time and cost, and improve your environment.”  
Her program is "Native Plants Add New and Surprising Dimensions to Landscape Gardeners"  AT for MG and MN





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