The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department is a steward of its resources and is committed to maintaining an accurate inventory of its natural assets. Urban Biologist Brett Johnson is responsible for leading a natural resource management plan for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.
Some key components of that plan include: implementing a feral hog trapping program to reduce feral hog damage on parks properties, get a restoration program in place for the unique blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, conducting an inventory of natural resource assets within Dallas Parks properties, and increasing pollinator conservation areas around the city.
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Bio Blitz 2020
Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is hosting a BioBlitz for the whole month of September in support of the Parks for Pollinators campaign.
Like Pokemon Go, we use iNaturalist, an app to take pictures of plants, insects and animals to see what wildlife is in the park and it provide us with more information about pollinators, which are essential to our ecosystem. This information will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators and other important wildlife in our community. Sign-up to participate in our BioBlitz in one or two ways!
Option 1: Collect as many different species all month long. The winner with the most gets a social media shout out. Join the “Dallas Park and Recreation Department: NRPA 2020 “Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz”” project on the iNaturalist app.
Option 2: You could earn the title of Master Collector for your region! Visit one of the four regional events and race against the clock to collect the most observations. Click on the links to register for the event!
9/12/2020, 9am-12pm: North Dallas: White Rock Lake
9/12/12/2020, 9am-12pm: South Dallas: Emerald Lake Park
9/19/2020, 9am-12pm: East Dallas: Crawford Memorial Park
9/19/2020, 9am-12pm: West Dallas: L.B. Houston
Winners of each region will get a social media post and have a chance to invite 5 closest friends and family for a private 45-minute tour of a Dallas hidden gem at Crawford Park that will be led by master naturalists and staff. Plus, winners will get Dallas Park and Rec swag.
Adopt a Prairie Program
The Adopt-A-Prairie Program gives volunteer groups the opportunity to engage in the restoration and maintenance of the Blackland Prairie remnants found in Dallas parks. Fourteen prairie remnants totaling more than 162 acres have been identified, of which seven prairie parcels have been adopted by various groups. The prairie remnants were assessed based on their biological diversity, abundance of invasive species and overall management challenges. Learn how you or your organization can adopt a prairie by submitting an Adopt a Prairie Form.
Dallas Park and Recreation Curbing the Feral Hog ProblemFeral Hogs are threatening Dallas' Big Spring. Watch what Dallas Park and Recreation is doing to curb the problem, as reported on WFAA-TV.
Great Trinity Forest
Urban Biologist Brett Johnson featured on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas.