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Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait (Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce) Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585445010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585445011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,075,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It seems fair that every region, every landscape, every place deserves a champion. The imperiled prairies of northeast Texas certainly have one in Matt White, a native son and an unabashed prairie enthusiast. Whether he is writing about mycorrhizal fungi, gilgai topography, rattlesnake master, buffalo wallows, or mima mounds, it is apparent that he lives, breathes, and relishes his subject matter. As such, he offers a credible voice and insight into the blackland prairie, its history, its residents, its architecture, and its natural diversity. His enthusiasm was obviously genuine. It was also infectious and encompassing. At times, I felt like I was right alongside him at the moment of discovery.”--Carter Smith, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
(Carter Smith, Texas State Director, The Nature Conservancy of Texas)

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"Matt White's Prairie Time is a timely and valuable addition to Great Plains studies."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Spangler on April 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Blackland Prairie, part of Texas' tallgrass prairies, once occupied 12 million acres of Texas, from the Red River near the Oklahoma border, south through Dallas, Waco, Temple, and Austin down to San Antonio. The tall prairie grasses and flowers created extremely rich soils, which led to most of the Blackland Prairie being plowed for agriculture.

Perhaps only one-tenth of one percent of Texas' beautiful Blackland Prairie remains in native hay meadows or places too rocky to plow, and many of these endangered places are slowly disappearing over time to the plow and development.

There are people who care about the prairie and search for remnants of the Blackland, hoping to find a special piece of what was and experience it as those who first came to Texas did and maybe even protecting some of the ever decreasing gems that remain. Matt White is one of these people, and he tells an incredible tale of both destruction and hope in Prairie Time - A Blackland Portrait.

Matt recounts the natural and human history of the Blackland Prairie, mixing information about settlers, families, Native Americans, animals, birds, and native plants in a very readable account. He tells heartwarming stories of people appreciating and protecting their prairies with land trusts and local governments, and heartbreaking stories of prairies being plowed and destroyed.

As author of Birds of Northeast Texas, Matt also relates the plight of the grassland birds that make the prairie their home and how the destruction of most of the Blackland Prairie has affected them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ebling on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A great book to understand the natural history of the Blackland Prairie region of North Texas! It is a must-read for rural landowners, naturalists, educators, and even yard-watering suburbanites with foundation problems. It will help you know, love, and comprehend our shifting soils and other natural elements around us. I've recommended Matt White's book to many locals as a great read, including my book club in the Dallas area. It gave me a new and insightful view of the fascinating land around us. Anyone who says North Texas and the Dallas area is flat, ugly, and treeless should read this book... and see if you look at the land around you just a bit differently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coderpitt on April 21, 2007
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I normally don't care for historic perspectives, but this book really came alive for me. I grew up in Hunt County and now live in Dallas County, so essentially he's describing my back yard. It's a great combination of science, naturalist perspective, and personal emotional input. It's definately a great book for anyone's library.
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