Texas Master Naturalist - Panhandle Chapter

Field Trip to Plum Creek, hosted by J.R. Bell and Clint Rollins

Date/Time: July 28 2007 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Plum Creek

Meet: We will depart from Wildcat Bluff Nature Center at 8:00 a.m.

Topic(s): Plants; Rangeland Management

Instructor(s) : J.R. Bell, NRCS - Rangeland Specialist (retired) and Clint Rollins, NRCS - Rangeland Mnagement Specialist, Amarillo, Texas. Clint Rollins is also author of the excellent book "Common Rangeland Plants of the Texas Panhandle"

Click the graphics to see a larger picture of selected photos from our training at Plum Creek.

Dr. J.R. Bell and Clint Rollins Instructors
J.R. Bell and Clint Rollins Instructors

Panhandle Texas Master Naturalists

Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense)

Mexican sagewort (Artemisia ludoviciana)

American (Wild) licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

Ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii)

Group talk

Five point star in cross-cut section
of the growth ring on a Cottonwood

Gyprock formation
(formed during the Triassic geological period)

Illinois bundleflower - seedpod
(Desmanthus illinoensis)

Illinois bundleflower - seedpod

Gold aster (Heterotheca grandiflora)

Rushpea (Hogpotato) - (Hoffmanseggia glauca)

Spectaclepod (Dimorphocarpa wislizenii)

Ground cherry (Physalis wrightii)

Sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Clint Rollins excellent book
Common Rangeland Plants of the Texas Panhandle

Prairie spurge (Chamaesyce missurica)

J.R. Bell, and Clint Rollins gave the PTMN group an overview of the study of Rangeland Management techniques. The seminar was conducted at the Lake Meredith National Recreational Area in the Plum Creek section. Covering topics such as what is rangeland, prescribed burns, geology, native plant and animal species, the restoration of rangeland after the massive burn off that the Panhandle received a few years ago and the results of the restorations, what worked and what didn't work.

The excellent book written by Clint Rollins is, "Common Rangeland Plants of the Texas Panhandle". I am pretty sure almost everyone in the training has or will purchase a copy of the book. Information on how to view this book on line can be found at the link below.

(Please note that PTMN is not responsible for the content or availability of other websites referenced below, these links are for reference only.)

This book is viewable online at the North Rolling Plains - Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) web site.

The North Rolling Plains - Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council web site (RC&D) is a 501c3 Non- Profit organization that works to improve the quality of life in rural communities in the Texas Panhandle.

A special thanks to Clint Rollins for his training, review, and help with the accuracy of this webpage and his most excellent book on Texas Rangeland Plants. It is recommended to anyone interested in our High Plains plant life.