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Land Management:

Working with the Soil Conservation Service and a select team of experienced land management professionals,  Prairie Oaks was rescued. Two dry years and overgrazing had weakened all the native vegetation. Wind and water erosion overtook about 600 acres.

The decision was made to rest the property for five years, to add nine erosion control ponds and to reseed all 600 acres with different combinations of native grasses and forbs. The worst  areas were bull dozed smooth and amended topsoil added. Love grass, which is hardy as dirt, was selected for hay. Later,  in cooperation with Texas A&M, Prairie Oaks tested different varieties of climax plants, especially Little Bluestem, to determine the most adapted.

 

Nationally recognized author and native landscape designer Sally Wisowski provided specific guidance on key locations, demanding that every plant come from the property. Her advice helped shape much of the habitat on the miles of hiking trails. It also became the foundation for plants commercially grown in the greenhouse and on 10 acres of creek bottom. While the property is gradually becoming landscaped throughout the entire 1,000 acres, virtually all plants have been grown on site. In fact the only exception was the 1,500 pines that ring the exterior fence lines and red oaks grown for commercial sale.

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