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Evolution of a

...and its author
By Don Young
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It all began in 2004...
Friends of Tandy Hills would not exist without the
ill-conceived actions of these past and present, Fort
Worth mayors who helped enable industrial gas
extraction throughout the city. The result of their actions
inspired my efforts to protect Tandy Hills.
Official flag of Fort Worth, 1912. Not much
has changed in 105 years.
And so it begins. Gas drilling arrives in Fort
Worth city limits, 2005.
Fort Worth, still for smoke, in 2009, along I-
30 near downtown.
East Fort Worth, gas well flaring in progress.
Fracking operation adjacent to Tandy Hills,
Downtown seen from Tandy Hills, 2009,
shows compromised air quality.
Stella Rowan Prairie, in south FW was
impacted by fracking operations, 2009.
West Fort Worth neighborhoods were
fracked and flared in 2009.
Illegally permitted gas well, in east Fort
Worth, 2009.
East Fort Worth frack pond, a danger to
wildlife, 2007.
In 2004, dozens of survey stakes found at
Tandy Hills raised my alarm.
“Thumper” trucks threatened Tandy Hills, 2009,
but were turned away by citizen protests.
Hundreds of toxic substances are used in
the fracking process.
“Frack Attack”, illustration by, Debora Young
Despite all the warning signs in 2007, Fort
Worth residents were ripe for the picking….
….and the picking began in 2007, with an
unprecedented industry PR campaign.
Movie stars sold out...
Public institutions were bought off...
Rampant green-washing via public
transportation was a ubiquitous presence...
Short-sighted city leaders embraced hubris...
The arrogance of Big Gas deceived the public.
Fort Worth residents declared: “I got mine!”
Painting by, Grayson Harper, 2009
We are doomed
Photo-illustration by, Kathy Kornegay, 2009
The first act of protest against fracking in Fort Worth was
this sign posted at Tandy Hills by, Mr. Anonymous.
First public protest against potential fracking at Tandy
Hills was at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, August 2005.
The stakes were high.
I had to do something to increase public
“I know! Let's have a festival!” Prairie Fest began a successful
10-year run to help raise awareness of Tandy Hills.
A newsletter was also needed to help increase public
awareness with main goal, at that time, of stopping gas
drillers. The name, Prairie Notes, was first used in 2007
Prairie Notes #1, was essentially a 2004
Letter to the Editor of the Star-Telegram.
A subsequent letter was sent to, Mayor Mike Moncrief,
with a book of my wildflower photos from Tandy Hills.
A growing email list helped spread the message that
Tandy Hills existed and was threatened. My first field
report (sans photos) was published in October 2006.
The newsletter evolved along with my email and photography
skills. The first photo attachment in Prairie Notes (2006) was
of a Trout Lily, one of the iconic Tandy Hills wildflowers.
By February 2008, photos became a regular feature of
Prairie Notes starting with #15, Message of the Milkweed.
In July 2010, Prairie Notes became a monthly newsletter at
the urging of, Jim Marshall, who advised it be sent, “not on a
whim but on the first of every month...without fail.”
More importantly, Jim advised me to cease controversial, fracking-
related content from Prairie Notes in order to retain non-profit
status and improved relations with City of FW. An official
agreement was signed a few months later.
Other important advisers to Prairie Notes content have
included, Suzanne Tuttle, Jeff Quayle, Bob O'Kennon, Jen
Schultes, Anne Alderfer & the late Jim Varnum.
But none more important than, Debora Young,
and her artfully illustrated field guide.
Over time, as fracking threats abated, the focus of Prairie Notes became
more about celebrating and documenting Tandy Hills biodiversity and
raising funds for education and restoration programs.
But why do I really like to create Prairie Notes?
I like to play with words....

Stalking the Wild Trout Lily 
Mojo on the Prairie

Tandy Hills: A Trip through Space & Time 
Calendar of the Soul
Message of the Milkweed
Summer of My Roadrunner

Fire & Rain & Bluebells 
Metamorphical Metamorphosis

La Parfum du Prairie

Orchids & Earth-movers

The Digital Prairie

Wild Queendom 
Ghost Grass of Autumn
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Mood-altering Prairie

Creek Plum Romance 
The Essence of Autumn-ness

Prairie Personhood
...and pictures of Tandy Hills in all it's wild
diversity, season to season.
Copyright, 2017, by Don Young