by Dana Wilson, NTMN class of 2001
North Texas Master Naturalist Big Chapter Project, Fall 2023
On November 4th, 2023 the Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland, Texas received a valuable gift from 25 energetic North Texas Master Naturalists. These volunteers dedicated the morning to removing woody trees and shrubs encroaching on the limestone prairie, getting rid of invasive privet and bush honeysuckle from the old-growth forest deep in the Preserve, and reworking the wildscape garden that is over 30 years old. The Master Naturalist program provided funds to purchase native plants and gardening supplies to enhance the wildscape. The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and the City of Garland’s Parks & Recreation department express their gratitude for this remarkable gift of time and effort.
For over twenty years, Master Naturalists have been actively involved in the Preserve providing habitat management, education, and community outreach. Thanks to their efforts, this public park has become a refuge of towering trees, birds, wildflowers, and miles of trails that can be enjoyed by all.