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
Students involved in the project are Sam
Hinojosa,Dorothy Lewis, Rachel Roberts, Chris Seale, Teresa Valle and
Stephanie Willis. Contact Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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