Wonderful article by Dallas Morning News reporter Conor Shine and photos by Andy Jacobsohn profiling Billy Ray and Zada Pembertons efforts over the decades to protect Big Spring for future generations
Read more at the Dallas Morning News about Big Spring citizen conservationists and their nomination as Texans Of The Year
Come and be a part of history in the making…
November 14 – NTMN Big Chapter Project
Project: 9:00 – 12:00… After Picnic and Presentation by Ben Sandifer: 12:00
Big Spring at Pemberton Farm is the last free-flowing Artesian Spring left in Dallas County. A rich heritage began with the founders of Dallas. The spring and surrounding acreage in the Great Trinity Forest was acquired by the City of Dallas in 2003. It is presently not open to the public.
Our project will be the planting of Green Milkweed Asclepias viridis,
(along with other native plants and grasses). Milkweeds specifically, are the only plant eaten by Monarchs in larval or caterpillar stage. These plants were rescued from doomed acreage, 1/2 mile to the south of Big Spring during the new City of Dallas golf course construction, September 2014.
These plants have been under care of LAERF since then. (Lewisville Aquatic Education and Research Facility) Our project will be under the guidance of LAERF staff.
What to bring
SACK LUNCH (beverages provided at After Picnic), Water Bottle, Hats, Small Hand Tools, Grass Clippers, Small Shovels and GLOVES! Please note that the milky substance produced from milkweed can cause a skin irritation in some people
Do you have?
Wagons or wheelbarrows……let us know
Teams will be:
Hole Digging, Planting, Water Bucket Filling, Water Bucket Hauling, Plant Flagging
…Hope to see you then, for a fun day with NTMN friends!
The BCP will be next door to the newly opened Texas Horse Park. The Texas Horse Park is just north of Loop 12, west of the Trinity River Audubon Center. Look for the signs to the Big Chapter Project approximately one block north of the Texas Horse Park.
Directions can be found at http://www.rivergeek.com/pembertonbigspring/directions.html. Or you can go to the Member Menu on the NTMN website, click on Volunteer Projects, and then click on Big Spring at Pemberton Farm.
For information contact NTMN Charlotte Flowers: CharArt1234@aol.com (214-926-8376)
Visit the NPR link below to hear the masterfully told story by National Public Radio’s Wade Goodwyn as he visits Big Spring in Dallas Great Trinity Forest with Master Naturalist Dana Wilson and Big Spring advocate Ben Sandifer
On Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7PM, the Dallas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is proud to present, for the first time anywhere, Richard Grayson, Becky Rader, Ben Sandifer, Tim Dalbey, and Jim Flood presenting, Pemberton Big Spring: Its History, Science, Botany and Current Status in the Great Trinity Forest.
Learn the history of the area with evidence of life in Pleistocene era; habitation of Native Americans; Sam Houston’s visit in 1843; land ownership by founding Dallas settlers Beeman’s, Bryan’s and Pemberton’s; and the recent controversy of the nearby Texas Horse Park. But especially, learn the science of the spring, its water quality, the native plant life the spring and surrounding area supports. Also learn the current status of the last significant spring in Dallas County and how its future is threatened.
NPSOT members will be extended a special invitation to help with NTMN Big Chapter Project at Big Spring on November 14: Replanting of Milkweed and grasses.
Over fifty photographers from all over North Texas gathered at Big Spring to capture the beauty of Big Spring’s wildflowers in June 2015. Led by NANPA North American Nature Photography Association members Sean Fitzgerald and Ben Sandifer, the photography outings allowed for a unique experience in Dallas Great Trinity Forest. Check out the breathtaking images posted on the NANPA Meetup Photo Galley Website: