Fire! The word triggers fear of loss—loss of lives, homes, livestock, etc. But fire can also be a source of restoration. In fact, fire is an essential contributor to the renewal and vitality of many of natural ecological systems, including prairies. Join us to learn how prescribed fire is being used to restore prairie environments in our local area at the next Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Heard Natural Science Museum in McKinney. Our featured speaker will be Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager for the Nature Conservancy. Brandon has a BS in Biology-Wildlife and Conservation Sciences and a MS in Biology-Ecology, both from Texas A&M Commerce. You will learn about fire effects, prairie biodiversity and how using prescribed fire reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire. A brief Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by Brandon Belcher’s Naturalist Talk. This is a free event and non-members are invited to attend. For directions to the Heard Museum visit www.bptmn.org. For more information please email [email protected].
The Blackland Prairie Chapter is one of 48 recognized Texas Master Naturalist chapters throughout the State. Our chapter meets in McKinney Texas on the second Tuesday of each month and draws members from communities in Collin and Hunt counties and adjacent areas. The goal of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to provide an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and use this knowledge to provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, restoration, and demonstration projects. The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.