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Conserving Public Lands in Urban Areas
May 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
How does a city care for its public lands to conserve its natural habitat? The director of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge will explain how that city is making headway in its conservation efforts at the May meeting of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Cherry Park Community Center, 313 W. Davis St. in Weatherford.
Public lands, in this sense, can mean any property the city owns and manages. That’s not only the obvious places such as parks but also such sites as road easements and medians and stormwater management areas, explained speaker Rob Denkhaus. He says that although it often takes time to see results from conservation work, “Fort Worth has taken many positive steps over the past several years and … the future is brighter than we may think.”
Denkhaus’ resume includes wildlife research (from greater prairie chickens to black bears to alligators), environmental education in zoos and nature centers, adjunct professor of environmental science at Texas Christian University, research associate with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee.
The Cross Timbers Chapter’s monthly business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome and light refreshments will be available.
The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example. For more information visit http://npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.