Clymer Meadow Reserve | The Nature Conservancy in Texas

Tallgrass prairies are considered one of the most threatened landscapes in North America. Beyond preserving natural habitat, TNC’s grassland restoration efforts provide benefits on many levels, from carbon uptake and storage to improved water quality. In particular, TNC’s work to restore the reservation’s Webster Tract has improved the water quality of a nearby portion of the Arnold Creek watershed, impacting Dallas’ water supply, Houston and many communities in between.

Clymer Meadow is also home to a plethora of wildlife and plant species. Accordingly, a strong emphasis is placed here on the management of the reserve to enhance biodiversity. Two globally imperiled grassland plant communities occur at Clymer Meadow: one community type features bluestem and Indian grass, and the other gamagrass and switchgrass. Barbary bluestem and Canadian wild rye can also be found in Clymer. Wildflowers such as rough-leaved rosin and American basket flower are abundant, while milkweed planting efforts further support pollinators like monarch butterflies. In addition, the prairie provides habitat for many seasonal bird species, including northern harrier, eastern bluebird, and declining populations of dickcissel and eastern meadowlark.

Chris B. Hall