Cross Timbers Native Plants promotes conservation, research and utilization of the native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth.
We hold a monthly meeting and we also sponsor native plant sales, plant rescues, field trips to areas of interest and classes on a variety of subjects such as plant identification and propagation.
Meetings (2018 Program List)
Our regular monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of the month, usually at Cherry Park in Weatherford (map).
Meetings begin promptly at 6:30 pm with a social time and club announcements followed by an educational program at about 7:00 pm.
All of our meetings are free and open to the public
Understanding Nature’s Balancing Act
A patch of bare ground doesn’t stay that way for long. Mother Nature generally steps in with a
successiono f plant life that can heal,c hangea nd stabilizea disturbed landscape.That process of
plant succession will be the topic of the January meeting of the Native Plant Society’s Cross Timbers
chapter in Weatherford.
Range and grassland expert Dan Caudle will explain how over time – years, decades or centuries-
groups of plants establish themselves one after another until an ecosystem become stable.
You can tell by what species are growing in a prairie, for example, how recently the land has been
disturbed and how far along it is in recovering its natural state. An understanding of these succession
stages is important, says Caudle, in managing your property to establish, restore, maintain or
enhance your lands.
Caudle is a native West Texan with a special interest in native grasses of the plains and prairies.
He spent 40 years as a range land management specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation
Service. He is now an independent consultant for land owners in Texas and Louisiana. Since 2014 he
has also been a resident research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas located in
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/CrossTimber
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