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Lost Pines Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist Program
...right here at home... in the Lost Pines
Welcome to the Lost Pines Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist Program! You can learn more about our chapter and the Master Naturalist volunteer program here. Master Naturalist volunteers help manage our local natural resources. If you are interested in joining us, or have questions about our activities, please contact us.
The Lost Pines chapter serves primarily Bastrop and Caldwell Counties of Central Texas. These counties are predominantly in the Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie Ecoregions. In addition, our area includes the unique "island forest" of the Lost Pines, - the western most extension of the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), separated by about 100 miles from the pine forests of East Texas. Species in the Lost Pines are particularly adapted to the drier conditions here, and provide unique habitat for varied flora and fauna which can be seen in Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park and other nearby natural areas. You can learn more about what makes these parks so special and see pictures of them by visiting our "Discover the Lost Pines" page; you can also find many links to information about the native plants, animals and ecology of the Lost Pines region on our resources page.
Lost Pines Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist Meetings
Chapter meetings generally alternate between the Bastrop State Park Refectory, Red Rock Community Center, and the Lockhart State Park, and are at 6:30 PM on the third Monday of each month. Most meetings feature an educational program (Advanced Training unless otherwise noted), and are open to members, prospective members, and the general public.
May 20, 2013, 6:30 PM, McKinney Roughs Nature Center Dining Hall. Greg Creacy, Natural Resources Coordinator, Parks Division, TPWD will give a presentation on Ecosystem Management. This will be a combined Chapter Meeting and basic training class; and will also be graduation for our new trainees.
June 17, 2013, 6:30 PM, TBA.
2013 Master Naturalist Training Class
The Lost Pines Chapter 2013 training class for new members is underway, and will culminate with a graduation on May 20. For a schedule of the classes planned, click here.
2013 Membership Dues
Current Chapter members may renew their membership dues ($10) for 2013 by credit or debit card, or PayPal account. Click here to renew.
2012 LPMN Master Naturalist Training Class Graduates
Back row: Sherri Ray, Barbara Carstens, Carroll Moore, Craig Stalcup, Russell Schmidt, Bonnie Shimek, Catherine Sherwood, Laura Trotter, Rick Gast, Jerry Baugh.
Lost Pines Chapter Officers for 2013
Lost Pines Chapter Officers for 2013 are:
President, Grace Pratt
Members: Take Credit For Your Volunteer Hours!
Scott Moore is now tracking volunteer hours. Please report your volunteer and advanced training hours each month, using the Volunteer Activity reporting form. Send your completed reports to Scott.
Three forms are available:
If submitting your report electonrically, e-mail back to Scott (email@example.com). If submitting by regular mail, send to Scott Moore, 415 Patton Cove, Bastrop, Texas 78602).
Bastrop and Caldwell County Plant Lists
Thanks to Liz Pullman and Judy Turner, lists of all reported plants for Bastrop and Caldwell counties are now available for your use. Please see our Plants Page to download your copy of each list!
In the news...
There is an AWESOME 7-page spread story about the Texas Master Naturalist Program in the new April 2013 Issue of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine! See the story on pages 40-47.
The feature is entitled: Nurturing Nature: Master Naturalist Volunteer their Time to Conserve and Educate
There are some great member testimonials and pictures of Lottie Milsaps from the Alamo Area Chapter, Paul and Mary Meredith from the Mid-Coast Chapter and Mark Hassell from the Panhandle Chapter. Several other Members are mentioned and quoted as well. View the story at:
A recent article in the Smithville Times (and Bastrop Advertiser) "The Snakes Among Us" features a timely discussion of venomous snakes in our area. It was written by LPMN member Denis McGinness and includes extensive comments form Bill Brooks, LPMN unofficial herpetologist, and photography by LPMNer Alvin Cearley. Click here for part 2 of this series.
LPMN members Dale Morrison, Jim Estes and Nick Nichols were featured in an article in the Bastrop Advertiser about volunteering at the Colorado River Refuge. (Click here: 248 kB PDF file)
Volunteers Monitor Emerald Ash Borer
Volunteers gathered at Lockhart State Park for training by Texas Forest Service foresters on installing Emerald Ash Borer traps. A trap was assembled and hung in the ash tree in the background. Our volunteers will install 12 traps in Caldwell County and 18 in Bastrop County as part of a state wide program to detect if Texas has been invaded by this destructive insect. In early June each trap will be examined and likely specimens will be sent to the Forest Service for identification. In August the traps will be checked again and removed.
Environmental Education at Colorado River Refuge
Cedar Creek Park Butterfly Garden
Updated: Apr 23, 2013