This is the blog page for the Heartwood Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Here, you will find articles about what our members are doing in research and conservation of various topics.
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Heartwood members, Scooter Langley and Scott Ball, submitted a video that won the Best Video Contest at the statewide TMN Annual Meeting, held in Georgetown, Texas on Oct. 21-23, 2018. The video showed volunteers planting the American Willows in Lake Livingston to prevent erosion and restore the lake edges. This is the second year in a row that the Heartwood Chapter, the Friends of Lake Livingston and the Horticulture program at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville have won the statewide video project contest. The 2019 video is here… Read More →
Heartwood chapter member Francisco Montalvo is an artist whose painting of a dragonfly won Best Painting/Drawing and Best in Show by popular vote in the Art Contest at the 2018 TMN Annual Meeting held in Georgetown, Texas. It was painted using toilet paper and Q-tips in place of a paintbrush. Heartwood chapter member Keith Lynedecker contributed artwork for the Art Contest and for the Silent Auction to raise funds for the Texas Master Naturalist program.
Our Heartwood Chapter received a variety of awards and recognition at the Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) Annual Meeting held in Georgetown, Texas on October 26-28. It was the 20th Anniversary of the TMN program. This was the largest statewide TMN Annual Meeting ever held with 650 registrants and over 700 attendees including speakers and guests. The highest percentage of chapters were represented, with 46 of the 48 chapters across the state represented. There were 152 sessions and 17 field trips offered. The first Gala raised $25,000 for the… Read More →
The Heartwood Chapter Advisor, Diana Foss, received the Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) Chapter Advisor Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The TMN Annual Meeting was held in Georgetown, Texas in October 2018. Diana has served as the Heartwood Chapter Advisor since the chapter started in 2004. She is an Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Her nomination was submitted by Anita Tiller and states,”Diana has always been a well-prepared, knowledgeable, gentle advocate for Texas wildlife and a dedicated partner for events, classes and programs sponsored… Read More →
Volunteers from the Woodsy Owl Conservation Corp, Lone Star College-Montgomery students and Texas Master Naturalists participated in a Pollinator Planting Party at WG Jones State Forest. Over 90 pollinator fruit tree species were planted in containers. The pollinator wildflower area was seeded. The trees and seeds are part of a NEEFUSA grant to connect gardens and communities. The Woodsy Owl Conservation Corp is a group of environmentally-interested young people. They volunteer at WG Jones State Forest and other locations. Woodsy Owl Conservation Corp members, Andre Saenz (SFASU) and Sarah… Read More →