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Naturalist Talk: Frisco Wetlands Restoration

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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069

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Frisco TX once had rich bottomland and upland forests, floodplains with wetlands, and tall-grass prairies.  Over many years these terrestrial and aquatic habitats have been replaced by the construction of Lake Lewisville, the clearing of adjacent forested lands for agricultural purposes, and finally the development of the City of Frisco.  In 2015 the Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) partnered with the City of Frisco to begin executing a project to upgrade 282-acres along Steward and Hackberry Creeks, which included construction of six wetland cells, restoration of old field habitat, and planting of woody vegetation to provide food, cover and nesting areas for wildlife.  The project also includes 3.1 miles of new native surface paths to provide access for pedestrians, some of which will tie into future trails in the city’s master recreation plan. 

For an update on the progress and successes of this ecosystem restoration project, the Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist is pleased to welcome Lynde Dodd, Research Biologist with the USACE and Jim Frisinger, recently retired USACE Public Affairs Specialist to provide a project presentation on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069, in the Science Resource Center building.  A brief Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by Dodd and Frisinger’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 communications@bptmn.org.

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, Hunt, and Rockwall 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.