A bill designed to protect western Hays County residents’ water wells received a surprising, last-minute reprieve Thursday night — after a procedural error killed the legislation the day before. The reprieve, announced seconds before the House adjourned for the day, left the bill’s author, Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, stunned and crying at his desk. About a dozen... Read more
Please don’t give up on your Trees – Let the Blanco and other Hill Country rivers heal themselves. The good news is, the best thing you can do for your trees and river banks is to leave them alone. Please read this helpful information from the Texas Forest Service, Hays County Master Naturalists and Steve Nelle: DON’T GIVE UP... Read more
Texas Agricultural Land Trust: HB1925, authored by Representative Charlie Geren, will move the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). TPWD is well-suited to ensure that the program meets its purpose, which is to conserve Texas’ farms and ranches that provide our state’s critical natural resources. TALT worked with our partner... Read more
As news spread of the devastating and deadly flooding west of Austin, Tex., last weekend (followed by so much more), I started exploring what’s known about flood risks along the Blanco River and other waterways in Texas’s “Flash Flood Alley.” I came across a 2007 modeling study by Joanna C. Curran, a hydrologist then moving from Texas State University to... Read more
Residents of flood-ravaged Hays County were furious Tuesday that State Rep. Mary González used a legislative maneuver in an attempt to kill a local bill they say will protect their wells. In calls and emails, several asked why a lawmaker whose district is 500 miles away would insert herself into a strictly local debate. “She seems like a... Read more
Nature Rocks Texas is making it easier for families to get outside and connect with nature. The Nature Rocks Texas website brings together parks, nature centers, zoos, natural areas and nature-based programs and events all in one place. Did you know that Texas has 15 National Parks and Historic sites, and over 90 State Parks? They are all on Nature... Read more
When some residents of Wimberley woke up early Sunday morning to flooding inside their homes, the fear and surprise were palpable: The Texas Hill Country had been going through a record, multiyear drought. But just three months earlier, local officials had voiced concerns about the rapidly growing region’s vulnerability to devastating flooding. “The more we know, the safer... Read more
Sunday, May 31, from 2pm-8pm at William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College This event, called Common Ground, is designed to bring together local organizations and businesses in a [...]
Sunday, May 31, from 2pm-8pm at William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College
This event, called Common Ground, is designed to bring together local organizations and businesses in a collaborative atmosphere where sustainability efforts, ideas, and discussions will be shared with the public and with each other. From 2-6pm the event offers interesting and educational presentations, both indoors and out, as well as a DJ, food trucks, over 30 vendors providing locally sourced/grown organic foods, hand-made products by local artisans, raffle prize drawings throughout the day, and kid’s activities including magic shows, face painting, garden and art projects and more. From 6-8pm, relax and enjoy live local music and social time.
(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop on agricultural water conservation will be held June 3 at the Mansfield Park Recreation Center, 2886 State Highway 16 N. in Bandera. The workshop will focus on protecting Texas [...]
A Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop on agricultural water conservation will be held June 3 at the Mansfield Park Recreation Center, 2886 State Highway 16 N. in Bandera. The workshop will focus on protecting Texas waterways from bacterial contamination from livestock and feral hogs. A highlight of the program will be a riparian health field visit with Sky Lewey, public education associate with the Nueces River Authority.
Workshop presentations will focus on basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from beef cattle and feral hogs.
The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and end by 3 p.m., with a catered lunch provided. Three hours of continuing education unit credits — two general and one integrated pest management — will be offered to those with a pesticide applicators license. The cost is $15.
This event is one of the “water workshops” offered through a partnership of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District. Additional participants include Bandera Electric Cooperative Inc., the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas and the Hill Country Alliance.
To RSVP, call Sarah Schlessinger with the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District at 830-796-3938 or the AgriLife Extension office for Bandera County at 830-796-7755.
The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 10:00 am
(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn about the City of San Marcos’ new rainwater harvesting rebate as well as incentives that are offered by Hays County.
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Acer Water Tanks
(Monday) 6:00 pm
Texas Water Development Board
(Wednesday) 6:00 pm
(Tuesday) 11:30 am - 11:30 am
AIA San Antonio
(Saturday) 8:30 am
Texas Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist June 22, 2015 Speaker: Jessica Alderson, Urban Biologist Texas Parks and Wildlife Topic: Wildlife Conservation Issues in Texas: What does the Future Hold? Texas is blessed [...]
Texas Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist June 22, 2015
Speaker: Jessica Alderson, Urban Biologist Texas Parks and Wildlife
Topic: Wildlife Conservation Issues in Texas: What does the Future Hold?
Texas is blessed with a vast array of habitats and species. In fact, when one compares all of the states, Texas is frequently in the top three. Texas boasts 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, 635 species of birds, 174 species of mammals, an estimated 5,200 species of plants and an estimated 30,000 species of invertebrates. However, complex and daunting issues like emerging diseases, climate change, urbanization, insufficient land use planning, emerging energy production industries, declining conservation funding, etc. are putting intense pressures on our state’s wildlife populations. But the conservation community has faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and acted with conviction in the past. The conservation community rose to the challenge in the 1930s and again in the 1970s. With dedication, we can rise to the challenge again and secure a solid future for wildlife of our great state.
Bio: Jessica Alderson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University. In 2008, Jessica began working as an Urban Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2012 she transferred to the Urban Office in San Antonio. As an Urban Biologist Jessica performs professional planning, management, research and public outreach associated with wildlife, habitat and natural resource management specific to the San Antonio area.
The monthly meeting of the Master Naturalist is free and open to the public. Meetings are held at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s lecture hall, located at 125 Lehmann Dr. in Kerrville. Socializing begins at 6:30pm, with the program starting at 7:00. For questions regarding this presentation, please contact our program coordinator, Paul Person (210)-275-4522.
(Monday) 6:30 pm
“The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi-county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.” Learn More About HCA