By Kristen Taketa
Lining the southern shore of Lewisville Lake is a 2,000-acre chunk of what ecologists call the “real” Texas.
Not the Texas of Whataburgers or frozen margaritas on the patio, but the Texas of prairie grasses and songbirds that used to dominate the land before waves of pioneers and farmers moved west.
“This is a kind of preserving of Texas heritage,” said restoration ecologist Ken Steigman.
There was a time when the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, called LLELA, could only pay three staffers to safeguard these 2,000 acres of prairie and forest and open it for three days a...