Newfield in the News

$30,000 Grant Makes Indiangrass Preserve Restoration Project Possible

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Jul 12, 2018
The Newfield Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to the Katy Prairie Conservancy to restore the Indiangrass Preserve, located northwest of Houston.

 

Several members of Team Newfield joined forces with the team at the Katy Prairie Conservancy to launch the Indiangrass Preserve restoration project. The project, funded by a $30,000 grant from the Newfield Foundation, when completed, will be focused on reestablishing once-existing wetlands and attracting migratory fowl and ducks back to the area.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy has already restored 2,500 acres of wetlands and is now rebuilding and improving grasslands including the Indiangrass Preserve, Shrike Prairie and other showcase prairies.

As a nonprofit land trust, the Katy Prairie Conservancy works to protect greenspace on the Katy Prairie for conservation and recreational benefits, enhance wildlife habitats, restore tallgrass prairies, wetlands and the ecosystem, sponsor scientific research, and offer public programming and activities to introduce the general and school-aged public to the sights and sounds of the prairie.

The conservancy, which has been in existence for more than 20 years and is located in Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties, has a key mission to protect a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever.

Newfield’s support of the Conservancy will help the organization realize their goal of protecting between 30,000 and 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie and restoring and improving habitat for upland- and wetland-related species.

“Restoration projects like this one are helping to ensure healthy communities for generations to come. This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Newfield Foundation,” said Ali Dodson, advancement director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

Open to nature lovers and bird watchers, the Katy Prairie Conservancy is home to more than 300 resident and migratory bird species, 100 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and 600 species of wildflowers and grasses. The land provides an opportunity for families to visit and enjoy nature-based adventures. Conservation of open spaces reduces the need for expensive storm water management and flood control which help filter and improve water flowing to Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River.

To learn more about the Katy Prairie Conservancy, visit their website.