Prairie Time

Prairie Time : A Blackland Portrait

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In its prime, the Texas Blackland Prairie cut a swath of twelve million acres across the state from near San Antonio north to the Red River. Perhaps less than one-tenth of one percent of this vast prairie remains - small patches tucked away here and there, once serving as hay meadows or sprouting from rock too stony to plow. Matt White's connections with both prairie plants and prairie people are evident in the stories of discovery and inspiration he tells as he tracks the ever-dwindling parcels of tallgrass prairie in northeast Texas. In his search, he stumbles upon some unexpected fragments of virgin land, as well as some remarkable tales of both destruction and stewardship. Helping us understand what a prairie is and how to appreciate its beauty and importance, White also increases our awareness of prairies, past and present, so that we might champion their survival in whatever small plots remain.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 147.3 x 221 x 27.9mm | 521.64g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, 1 map, index
  • 1585445010
  • 9781585445011

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It seems fair that every region, every landscape, every place deserves a champion. The imperiled prairies of northeast Texas certainly have one in Matt White, a native son and an unabashed prairie enthusiast. Whether he is writing about mycorrhizal fungi, gilgai topography, rattlesnake master, buffalo wallows, or mima mounds, it is apparent that he lives, breathes, and relishes his subject matter. As such, he offers a credible voice and insight into the blackland prairie, its history, its residents, its architecture, and its natural diversity. His enthusiasm was obviously genuine. It was also infectious and encompassing. At times, I felt like I was right alongside him at the moment of discovery. --Carter Smith, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department--Carter Smith, Texas State Director, The Nature Conservancy of Texas"show more

About Matt White

MATT WHITE is the author of The Birds of Northeast Texas and is a regular nature columnist for the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald. He studies and grows prairie plants on his land near Campbell, Texas.show more

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