We became 42nd Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, organized with the help of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce Eco-Tourism committee, the AgriLife Extension Agents of Polk, Trinity and Tyler Counties and TPWD Lake Livingston State Park. The Chapter followed the TMN State Committee guidelines for chapter formation from Sept. 2009 to July 2010. On Aug. 19, 2012 we became the 42nd Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program.
Guest speaker for that event was Dr. Earl Chilton on the invasive Zebra Mussel approach to Texas near Lake Texoma.
To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within the Piney Wood Lakes area.
Many of our communities and organizations rely citizen volunteers to implement youth education programs; operating park programs, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership and guidance for local natural resource conservation efforts. Our current projects include
Friends of Lake Livingston – supervise student volunteers, planting
Watson Preserve – invasive removal, controlled burns
Lake Livingston State Park – invasive removal, event assistance, kids camp
The short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts. The certified Texas Master Gardeners of Piney Woods Lake Chapter provide these services and more as they learn AND educate.