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Caprock Canyons State Park secured a 65-thousand dollar grant from the Ted Turner Foundation to help habitat restoration for the state bison herd. Our State Park Guide Bryan Frazier has details.
63—The Ted Turner Foundation has a history with helping restore bison nationwide. They’ve given a grant to Caprock Canyons SP, and that can go for everything from fencing to prairie restoration—things that will help that Texas State bison herd more viable, more diverse, and just more thriving and visible just so the people of Texas can enjoy it. And the superintendent there, Donald Beard, has done some really interesting things to help restore that prairie habitat there. Everything from getting some donated money to get a big machine that carves up some of the invasive red berry juniper and mesquite trees to make the prairie habitat come back even quicker. But they’re also planning to do a prairie dog town restore, where they’re relocating some black-tailed prairie dogs from Lubbock out to the park. So you should have more of a thriving prairie ecosystem that resembles what we had here in Texas before European settlement. And that’s the long range plan. And this grant from the Turner Foundation allows us to really get a jump start on that—and they’re just really doing some great things at Caprock Canyons State park.
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For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.