The North Texas Master Naturalists and Texas Conservation Alliance held an event at the Canyon Creek Marsh and Wildscape (behind the Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 President George Bush Turnpike) last month. More than 50 volunteers, including scouts from Cub Scout Pack 893, planted 500 native pollinator plants, prairie grass seedlings and native trees.

The Canyon Creek Marsh and Wildscape is one of the North Texas Master Naturalist’s ongoing projects. According to the group, the site is 8-10 acres and includes a creek, retention pond, a North Texas Municipal Water District dam and grasslands. It supports many species of native trees in the riparian areas as multiple native grasses including side oats grama, the state grass of Texas. It also serves as home to active populations of beaver, bobcat, Texas river otter and much more. The site is considered Black Land Prairie and prior to 1970 was partially farmed for cotton.

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