At the time, Kittie was not fully aware of the land’s botanical riches; she used the land to grow nutrient rich hay for her livestock.
In 2003 ranch stewards, including the congregation of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in nearby West Columbia, rediscovered the true significance of Nash. The gently rolling landscape provides habitat for 120 species of birds, many of which are in serious decline, and its diversity of plant life creates a natural seed source for other prairies in need. Father Peter Conaty of St. Mary’s describes Nash in simple, succinct terms: “In theology, we talk about a thin place where heaven and earth meet, where we will find God. And this is where I find God.”
Less than one percent of the Great Coastal Prairie still exists, and barely a fraction of it is virgin prairie like Nash. Help us conserve this unique but vanishing natural treasure for generations to come.
Take a virtual tour of Nash Prairie Preserve in Texas' Columbia Bottomlands.