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UT Arlington grad students win award for park plan

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Friday, January 4, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

Prairie dogs and bison may thrive in a new prairie ecosystem in Fort Worth if award-winning plans by a multidisciplinary team of University of Texas at Arlington graduate students become reality. The students, who were enrolled in the School of Urban and Public Affairs environmental planning course in the fall 2007 semester, won the Student Project Award from the Midwest Section of the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association. The project focuses on a proposed Fort Worth Prairie Park (FWPP), a 1,983-acre section of prairie in southwest Tarrant County, some of the last remaining original Fort Worth prairie ecosystem.

The project report asserts that conserving this small piece of prairie ecosystem is vital in maintaining healthy biological diversity in Texas. The report identifies which elements of conservation design and conservation biology are most important in establishing FWPP as the core anchor of a network of reserves and ecological corridors leading out to the Western Cross Timbers.

Students involved in the project are Sam Hinojosa,Dorothy Lewis, Rachel Roberts, Chris Seale, Teresa Valle and Stephanie Willis. Contact Roberts at reroberts@uta.edu for more information on the project.The award will be presented Jan. 11. Contact Clayton Husband at Clayton.Husband@arlingtontx.gov for more information about the award.

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