Why am I publishing a prairie blog? There are several reasons:
- Education: Ansel Adams said: "If no one knows the importance of preserving a beautiful place, that place is not likely to be preserved." Only by talking about the beauty of prairies and the need to conserve them will conservation efforts increase. I’m in Texas and outreach and education seem especially needed here.
- Motivation: So little native prairie conservation and restoration happens in Texas that I needed to hear about others’ successes to help keep me motivated. I hope it will help motivate others also, because we need more people to get involved in prairie conservation and restoration.
- Networking: I hope others involved in prairie conservation and appreciation will post comments so we can get to know each other.
- Information: Some examples: NPAT is constantly looking for native prairie remnants in Texas to add to our data, and to make friends with the landowners and tell them about the potential tax benefits of conservation easements. We also want to connect conservation buyers (including my wife Lisa and myself) with owners of native prairies.
- Funding: I hope generous donors or foundations may read this blog and decide to help fund prairie conservation and restoration, in Texas and throughout North America.
I’m sure I will think of more reasons, which I will add later. 🙂