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Boerne Chapter

Officers, Committees, Chairpersons, and other Positions

Officers

  • President – Felicia Zbranek-Zeitman
  • President- Elect – Open
  • Past President – Pamela Bransford
  • Vice President – Bill Magner 
  • Secretary – David Touchon
  • Treasurer – Pamela Bransford

Committees and Chairpersons

Demonstration GardensDemonstrating the use of native plants in home gardens and landscapes with a native plant demonstration garden. Locations include the main parking lot at the Cibolo Nature Center, Bill’s Garden/Teaching Garden at Cibolo Nature Center, the Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department, Boerne Convention and Visitors Center, Main Plaza and Veteran Plaza on Main Street.Veronica Hawk, Kathy Ward,
Wilt Shaw,
Theresa Butler, Rachel Thompson
Maples for BoerneWorks with Cibolo Preserve to provide free big tooth maple trees for Boerne residents and businesses who can plant and care for them on their property, where they are visible from city streets or walkways.Suzanne Young
NICE!Natives Instead of Common Exotics! promotes native plants from the wholesale grower to local nurseries, and homeowners.Wilt Shaw
Plant RescueSaving native plants from construction sites and other locations.Veronica Hawk

Other Positions

  • Historian/Public Relations – Pamela Bransford
  • Hospitality – Gary Rogers
  • Membership – Jane Jamison
  • Native Plant Sale – Kathy Webster
  • Newsletter – Lorraine Popp and Felicia Zbranek Zeitman
  • Facebook Editor – Sue Roddy
  • Instagram – Sue Roddy
  • Webmaster – Mackenzie Brown
  • NPSOT Gleaners – Brenda Fest
  • Youth Photo Contest – Rheda Boardman
  • Field Trips – Veronica Hawk, Kathy Ward
  • Forward Trail Project – Delmar Cain, Suzanne Young
  • PGARP – Gary Fest, Veronica Hawk, Rachel Thompson
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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason