What is Half-Pint?

The blackland prairie is a rich and beautiful ecoregion found only in Texas. Its name stems from its black, fertile soils that farmers love to plant crops in. Unfortunately, this has caused blackland prairies to become all but extinct. Today only 1% remains. Half-Pint seeks to restore a small portion of this ecoregion with the support of staff, faculty, and students like you.

Why a prairie?

Austin’s location is unique because it’s an ecotone. In the west we find Edwards Plateau and to the east, our very own blackland prairie. This makes Austin prime real estate for endemic and endangered species. Blackland prairies also provide a number of ecosystem services such as mitigation of the heat island effect, cleaning air, food and habitat for pollinators, prevention of soil erosion and compaction, water filtration, and biological richness. Check out the resources section for a paper about the benefits of green spaces on college campuses.

Meet the Team Image uploaded from iOS (3)

Avery McKitrick

Hi there! My name is Avery McKitrick. I am a sophomore environmental science major with a focus in geology. I believe that a large part of balancing a growing population and a deteriorating environment involves sustainable urban spaces and structures. The restoration of even a small section of turf grass to its natural state is a step in the right direction: fair, nonpartisan, non-biased solutions to environmental problems that will affect us all.


Jack Rouse

Hello! I’m Jack. I’m a sophomore accounting major. I see prairies as a part of our natural history as Texans. When you think of a cowboy out on a cattle drive, odds are they’re transversing prairie. But the rapid conversion of prairie to farmland means that we are quickly losing that part of our culture. By placing a prairie on campus, I hope that we can instill an appreciation of nature for its cultural as well as ecological benefits.


Contact Us

Shoot us an email at halfpintprairie@utenvironment.org, and we’ll get right back to you!

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