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Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area receive grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for 2016 BioBlitz

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October 30, 2015

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) and Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) are pleased to announce the receipt of grant support from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). The grant, funded by the TPWD Conservation License Plate program, will help fund a BioBlitz at Tandy Hills (THNA) in April, 2016.

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period. (source: Wikipedia)

The first full-scale BioBlitz project in north Texas will produce a high quality, scientific inventory along with a video documenting the areas biological diversity and the BioBlitz, itself. There will be opportunities for the public to participate. Check the FOTHNA website for updates.

The biotic richness of Tandy Hills Natural Area will soon become obvious to all. The intrinsic value of nature makes the best argument for conservation. - Bruce Benz, Biology Department, TWU

This grant and the BioBlitz supports what we've been saying for years: Tandy Hills is an amazing resource needing protection, restoration and interpretation.” - Don Young, Founder/President, FOTHNA

Our partners in the BioBlitz include, Teaming with Wildlife: True To Texas, Native Prairies Association of Texas (FW chapter), Native Plant Society of Texas (North Central chapter) and Texas Master Naturalists (Cross Timbers chapter). Tandy Hills is a prairie remnant managed by the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department.

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation, restoration and interpretation of Tandy Hills, a rare remaining example of the Fort Worth prairie and to facilitate the use of THNA as an education and recreation resource for experiencing the natural environment of predevelopment Fort Worth.