Members tour Palo Pinto Mtns State Park

Park Superintendent John Ferguson led a dozen Native Plant Society members on a tour through the new Palo Pinto Mountains State Park last Saturday.

The tour, limited to members only, followed a presentation on the park at the regular monthly meeting. The park is not yet open to the public except during special events such as this one.  There are no hiking trails or facilities at the park. There are a few roads and trails but the landscape is rugged.

Wildflowers were not particularly in evidence yet, possibly because of the drought. Four-nerve daisies (Tetraneuris scaposa) and verbenas (Glandularia bipinnatifida) were abundant however.

Following the two-hour tour by truck, the group retreated to nearby Mary’s Cafe in Strawn to sample chicken fried steak and other treats.

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Programs for 2014

Program chair Eileen Porter has released information on programs scheduled for Cross Timbers Chapter monthly meetings  for the remainder of the year.

All meetings begin at 6:30 pm and will be at Cherry Park Recreation Center in Weatherford unless otherwise noted.

  • March 13 – Where Have All The Asters Gone, Jim Varnum
  • April 10 – Palo Pinto Mountain State Park, John Ferguson
  • April 12 – Field trip to Palo Pinto Mountain State Park
  • May 8 – Soil Health, John Sackett. Meets at Harberger Hill Community Center
  • June 12 – Butterfly Garden, Crissa Nugen
  • July 10 – Native Plant Propagation, Manon Shockey
  • August 14 – Rain Water Harvesting, Homer Babbitt
  • September 11 – not filled yet
  • October 9 – Owls, Michael Perez
  • Novovember 13 – Potluck Dinner
  • December – no monthly meeting

New committees

At the January meeting, Cross Timbers’ president Ricky Linex announced five new standing committees — MEMBERSHIP, FUNDRAISING, PUBLICITY, OUTREACH, and PLANT IDENTIFICATION EDUCATION STUDY GROUP COMMITTEE — and an ad hoc facilitator position to assist these committees organize.

Jacque Wortman was appointed Chair of the new Membership Committee and Mike Wortman was appointed Hospitality Coordinator which was already a standing committee. Jane Burdick was appointed New Committee Facilitator which is a temporary position designed to help committees get formed and get functioning. Eileen Porter is the Program Chair as designated by her election to Vice-President.

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Outreach – ideas & projects

Outreach and outreach education ideas and projects were a recurring theme with members in the brainstorming session at the November meeting, and received a high positive response on the questionnaire, and has been followed up by additional members suggestions. Cross Timbers members have expressed a strong interest in reaching out to the public with educational programs about native plants.

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