Bill Neiman Bill Neiman, owner of Native American Seed in Junction and its parent company, Neiman Environments, Inc., will present "The Grass Issue and How it Relates to Land and Water in the Hill Country" at this month's meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist-Hill Country Chapter in Kerrville.
The meeting is Monday, Feb. 25, beginning at 7 pm at Riverside Nature Center
, 150 Francisco Lemos Street.A lifelong environmentalist, Neiman
became acutely aware of nature while backpacking with his
dad in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his
early teenage years.He
recalls, "sleeping on the ground, listening to the sounds of mountain lions in the night, and being awakened by the hot breath of a bear who wandered through our campsite looking for food."They collected and ate nuts and berries and caught trout in a freshwater stream "so clean you could drink from it."These experiences inspired him to help people create similar places close to home.At 19 he
borrowed a shovel, rake, and lawn mower and began advertising "total outdoor care" services in the local garbage collector's monthly billing statements.Six years later his
company was taking on large-scale commercial projects.Through Neiman Environments, Inc.
now specializes in helping large landowners and developers plan and execute environmentally responsible and economically sound restoration projects.His
recent projects include the San Antonio River Project, to restore native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs in highly visible and publicly accessible areas along both sides of the San Antonio River in San Antonio.He
also recently provided ecological consulting services for 340,000 acres in a privately held refuge south of Big Bend National Park in the Sierra Del Carmen area of Coahuila, Mexico, which is the last preserve of black bears, big horn sheep, and mountain lions in North America.