Jim Stanley, retired chemist from Kerrville, will speak on “Hill Country Native Grasses” to the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society on July29 at the Gillespie County Historical Society Building, 312 West San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg beginning at 7:00PM. The free program is open to the public.
Stanley grew up in the “oil patch” in West Texas and studied chemistry at Texas Tech and Indiana universities. He did post-doctoral research and taught at Louisiana State University, before spending 25 years of research and development in the chemical industry. He currently serves as a director of the Hill Country Land Trust.
He was a member of the first Hill Country Master Naturalist Class and later served as the chapter president for two years. Stanley, a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, is very interested in Hill Country grasses and helps area ranchers with assessing land stewardship practices through a program he helped develop with the Master Naturalists called LMAP (Land Management Assistance Program).
Stanley will briefly discuss the history of grasses and grasslands in the Hill Country, the growth characteristics of native bunch grasses and how these characteristics determine good range management practices. He will also talk about grasses as flowering plants and show how to identify the more common native grasses.
For more information about the program, or the Native Plant Society of Texas, please call Stephanie Sutton at (830) 990-2942