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Inks Dam NFH Celebrates Native Plant Week

Region 2, October 20, 2012
Native Plant Festival
Native Plant Festival - Photo Credit: n/a

In preparation for Native Plant Week, Inks Dam NFH hosted a Native Plant Festival on the 20th of the month. The event included seven booths showcasing local resources and information about the Texas Hill Country’s natural environment, water conservation, rainwater collection and of course native plants. The Friends of Inks Dam NFH did the many hours of preparation, advertising, and preparing for the event. Fifty native trees, donated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), were adopted by event visitors, native plants were sold by the Native Plant Society of Texas, and there was a voluntary canned food drive to benefit the local Helping Center. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists provided booths and areas for kids to enjoy animal identification and backyard fishing. A local business, Consolidated Water, provided information on the varied rainwater collection systems that can be found in Texas. Tours and information about the hatchery were given by hatchery staff, and plant tours were given on the Ashe- Juniper and Overlook Trail were provided by the Friends Group. Additionally, the Native Plant Society of Texas sponsored three speakers for the event which was held in the Education Building. Kelly Bender from TPWD spoke to the crowd on “Wildscaping with Native Plants”. Jessica Robertson from the Backbone Valley Nursery spoke on “Soil Microbiology – Natures Water Conservationists” and Mark Leathermen from Rainwater Harvest Resources spoke on “Rainwater Collection – How and Why”. Paul Dorman, Project Leader, spoke about the hatchery and its programs. In all, a total of 211 people visited the hatchery for the event. Many of the visitors were impressed to learn that a fish hatchery had more to do and see than just fish! Some were fascinated that they didn’t know they had the facility in their back yard and hadn’t visited before now.

Contact Info: joaquin baca, 505 248-6471, joaquin_baca@fws.gov