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Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest - News


Feb 26:  Rain or Shine, Spring Creek Forest Trout Lily Walk and Nature Hike
Tom Frey, Landscape Architect for the Garland Parks and Recreation Department, leads participants through Spring Creek Forest to see the Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum), one of our earliest spring wildflowers to appear in rich woods and slopes.  Its natural habitat is found on gentle slopes in bottomland hardwood forests.  The flowering period is only two to four weeks and its above-ground life cycle for this bulb is completed in about 10 weeks.
The leaf patterns resemble the skin of brook and rainbow trout and the flower is a beautiful white with occasional lavender or blue. Tom presents a fascinating account of the history of Spring Creek including forest ecology, how early cultures used the forest, and visions of its future.
Field Trip Details: Walks will begin at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Spring Creek Forest, located at 1770 Holford Road in Garland. The parking lot is south of President George Bush Tollway and north of Arapaho Road. Please wear boots or supportive footwear.
March 1:  Meeting, 7:00 p.m. N. Garland Library - Presentation by Jack Hill: Spring Creek Flora and Fauna.  Slides of plants and a few animals that can be found at Spring Creek Forest and Preserve as you visit it over the seasons.
March 5:  Work session, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 4848 N Garland Ave Trailhead - Only 1 volunteer in Feb due to the snow.  This might be the last easy chance we have to get after the privet this season.  We've zeroed in on a couple areas deeper in the forest.  Come help us out!  Park at Sam's club just to the north and walk 1/5 mile, or 1770 Holford and hike 1/2 mile (or park at home and ride your bicycle).
March 12:  Bird walk with Jack Hill. 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 1787 Holford.  Jack will lead us through Spring Creek Park Preserve to identify birds.  This is a birdy spot and birds are more active early.
April 5:  Meeting, 7:00 p.m. N. Garland Library - Presentation by Martin Selznick: The Greenbelts Of North Texas:  A Floral & Faunal Photo Essay.  Martin is a photographer who will be publishing a coffee table book with his photos from the Rowlett Creek greenbelt and nearby natural areas.  The pictures will  include an assortment of wildflowers, birds, insects, snakes, a few turtles, and one spider (a trap door spider at Breckinridge park).
April 9:  Work session, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. location TBD - project TBD 
Bonus Workdays: I can easily be talked into setting up extra work days this winter removing privet or other fun stuff.  Let me know or watch your email for extra volunteer sessions.
General Information:
Meeting Information:
Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting dates:  Mar 1, Apr 5

Meeting Location:
N. Garland Library
3845 N. Garland Ave. (at Apollo Rd.)
Garland, TX  75040

Work sessions: The Saturday after each meeting
Bring water to drink. Wear work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for protection from poison ivy and insects. If you have them, bring loppers and short-handled tree saws. We usually meet at 1770 Holford. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Note that there are times we meet at other locations. Watch for email notifications regarding changes.)

Work session dates:  Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7

Membership - please renew your membership annually.
A renewal form is located on our website,

We are caretakers of the Preserve. Assume you are the owner. Carry a sack so you can pick up trash while you walk. Help people see the Preserve as an environmental treasure rather than a site for recreation. 

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at an activity soon.

Matt Mortimer
President, Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest
Cell phone: 214-392-5479