Biodiversity Assessment: All Saints' Episcopal School

Prairie Research Program

Biodiversity Assessment: All Saints' Episcopal School

Location

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Editor, Botanist, Living Roof Coordinator, Research-Education Liaison

This project involves conducting a detailed biodiversity assessment to be used for the development and implementation of a natural resource management plan for the 33 acres of undeveloped land included in the 147-acre campus of All Saints' Episcopal School (ASES) in Fort Worth, Texas. The property also includes a 12-acre natural area with a wetland, riparian area, native grassland, orchard, and vegetable garden. This area is used as an outdoor classroom and is an integral part of the school’s RANGE (Research, Adventure, Nature, Geology, and Ecology) Program. If the 33 acres which have been leased in the past for grazing are to be restored for the benefit of wildlife, then that area needs to be revegetated and completely deferred from livestock grazing to allow re-establishment of native vegetation.

A BRIT team led by Resident Research Associate Dan Caudle and Research Intern Kelly Carroll (Trinity University) and advised by Dr. Brooke Best is partnering with an ASES team led by Becky Grimmer to document the plant diversity of the site and create a resource plan. The initial research focus of Summer 2018 is assessing a wooded natural drainage area that is within a utility easement related to a future sanitary sewer line to serve a neighboring development project.

Summer 2018 Assessment

Flora of All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth

Authors: Kelly R. Carroll, M. Brooke Byerley, Dan Caudle, & Becky Grimmer (2018); Roger W. Sanders & Robert O'Kennon (1998)

Citation: Sanders, R.W. 1998. Natural Area Use: All Saints' Episcopal School New Campus, Fort Worth, Texas. Technical Report, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX.

Abstract: This checklist represents a combination of a 1998 survey of the All Saints' Episcopal School campus' footprint and a summer 2018 vegetative survey and voucher collection project by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Not all included species are vouchered, and some may no longer be present. Some may still be present but in areas unsurveyed in 2018. Sanders' 1998 survey covered only the area now developed into All Saints' campus (see Figure 1 in Sanders 1998 for exact boundaries), while the 2018 survey by Carroll et al. covered the land bounded by Normandale St. and the I-20 frontage road to the north & south and the Game On Sports Complex (2600 Alemeda St) and the All Saints' campus boundary to the east & west.

Notes: Additional voucher collection & specimen ID by Isabella Logan, Isabella Wu, Lani R. Dufresne, Joe Lippert, Ashley Bordelon, Tiana F. Rehman, & Kim Taylor.

Maps

[Coming soon.]

Presentations

Kelly Carroll: BRIT Research Internship presentation. August 2018. A presentation to the BRIT Research Department summarizing 2018 summer assessment results.

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Kelly Carroll: Texas Plant Conservation Conference. September 2018. Kelly presented the summer assessment results at the 2018 Texas Plant Conservation Conference held at BRIT in September. The poster presentation can be found below. Kelly's abstract will appear in the published conference proceedings, which will be linked here once available.

Blogs

Kelly Carroll. August 2018. A Summer Deep in the Weeds: Surprises Found Along the Way. Phytophilia: Blog of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Read about Kelly's summer field experience in their own words.