How often in Texas can we say that August began on a refreshing note? Well, it’s thankfully true for the Hill Country as rain brought relief to the dry land and cracked creek beds that naturally accompanies summers in the Lone Star State. Although the temperatures are back up and soil moisture is creeping back down, those early... Read more
River Hills Neighborhood Association (RHNA) has been formally designated a Dark Sky Friendly Development of Distinction by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). River Hills is a small Travis County neighborhood in the foothills of the Hill Country. In this tranquil area, big dark skies and clear starry nights still exist and provide a spectacular view of one of Texas’ great natural legacies.... Read more
Thanks to some quick community organizing and excellent volunteer leadership from residents of Vanderpool, plans to build a new cell tower on the banks of the Sabinal River have been shifted to instead utilize an existing cell tower. With the help of HCA, Vanderpool residents reached out to those around the state who love this special corner of... Read more
Dalondo Moultrie | Herald-Zeitung | New Braunfels resident Kathleen Tobin Krueger, a former mayor pro tem, was scheduled yesterday to be appointed to a vacated seat on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors. Krueger is taking over for Craig Massouh, who was appointed to the board in 2012 and subsequently elected the same year. She said her... Read more
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 6, which requires cities in large counties to receive voter approval before annexing new areas, one of his top 20 priorities for the special legislative session. “I’m proud to sign legislation ending forced annexation practices, which is nothing more than a form of taxation without representation, and I thank... Read more
Last month, Marianna Wright, the executive director of the privately owned National Butterfly Center here, discovered survey stakes on the property marking out a 150-foot-wide swath of land. Ms. Wright later encountered a work crew cutting down trees and brush along a road through the center. The workers said they had been hired by United States Customs and Border Protection to clear... Read more
San Antonio is changing. Just a few years ago the city saw the odd infill project here and there among the rehabs of historic homes in King William or Monte Vista. These days, infill projects are everywhere in the collar neighborhoods – the ring of historic streetcar suburbs around downtown. Lavaca, Dignowity Hill, and Tobin Hill have experienced... Read more
On Friday, August 4th intrepid volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalist Program met with the Llano River Watershed Alliance, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Hill Country Alliance to clean up a portion of the South Llano River south of Junction, Texas. They started at the County Road 150 river crossing, a site that is part of... Read more
Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Capital Area Chapter 2018 Class Beginning August 1st and running through August 31st, [...]
Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Capital Area Chapter 2018 Class
Beginning August 1st and running through August 31st, the Capital Area Master Naturalist Chapter will accept applications for the class of 2018, which begins in the fall of 2017 and runs through April, 2018.
The mission of the Texas Master Naturalists is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. The organization is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Capital Area chapter, based in Austin and Travis County, has over 150 active members and provides over 9000 volunteer hours with partner organizations.
Our classes are held on Saturdays from mid-November through late April at a variety of sites in and around Austin. New students are accepted through a selective application process. More information is available at www.camn.org. Applications can be accessed at the same website beginning August 1st.
1 (Tuesday) - 31 (Thursday)
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
2017 Texas Groundwater Summit The 2017 [...]
The Texas Groundwater Summit is one of Texas’ premiere annual groundwater events, bringing together a diverse group of groundwater professionals over three days to discuss emerging trends and new research. The event provides a mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management, as well as networking opportunities for the groundwater community. We expect to have more than two dozen exhibitors and 350 groundwater industry leaders, community stakeholders, agency representatives and elected officials in attendance. This year, our program will offer a particular focus on the outcomes of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. You won’t want to miss it!
29 (Tuesday) - 31 (Thursday)
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm
Living Heritage Symposium September 6-8 at the historic Bexar County Courthouse The San Antonio Living Heritage Symposium is a collaborative [...]
Living Heritage Symposium
September 6-8 at the historic Bexar County Courthouse
The San Antonio Living Heritage Symposium is a collaborative forum bringing international and local heritage professionals, policy-makers, grassroots preservationists and academics together for an exchange of ideas leading to the development of best practices for safeguarding cultural heritage.
Experts will present relevant work and attendees will work together in World Cafe style workshops to draft recommendations that San Antonio and other U.S. cities can utilize.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Historic Preservationists, Heritage Management Professionals, Urban Planners, Architects, Cultural Properties Specialists, Cultural Resources Managers, Tribal Leaders, Grassroots Preservationists, Diversity Officers, Academics working in relevant fields, and municipal employees engaged in economic departments, urban planning, development services and sustainability.
The expectation is participants will bring a level of expertise and experience which will advance heritage tools in policy and regulation in the United States.
A limited number of observer seats will be open for community members.
For more information on the symposium and who should attend, please contact the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation at (210) 207-0035 or e-mail at OHP@sanantonio.gov.
6 (Wednesday) - 8 (Friday)
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
All Day (Saturday)
19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference September 17-21, 2017 Visit Website The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, in partnership with The San Antonio River Authority, Texas [...]
19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
September 17-21, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, in partnership with The San Antonio River Authority, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), and States in Region 6 are hosting the 19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
This conference will address and discuss the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations.
The annual EPA Region 6 Outstanding Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Project Competition will be judged and awarded during this conference. More information about this competition will be available soon.
17 (Sunday) - 21 (Thursday)
September 22-24 at the University of Texas at Austin
September 22-24 at the University of Texas at Austin
The Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event for people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans. Each year, the Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore the state’s — and nation’s — most pressing issues.
This year’s event will feature more than 60 sessions and 250 speakers including:
- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
- Donna Brazile, Political Analyst and Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
- Wendy Davis, 2014 Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor and Founder of Deeds Not Words
- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio
- U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio
- U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes
- State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio
- State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels
- State Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio
- San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg
- San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldaña
- Robert Rivard, Director of The Rivard Report
22 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday)
22 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday)
(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
2017 Bennett Trust Women's Conference October 2, 2017 - October 3, 2017 Inn on [...]
2017 Bennett Trust Women’s Conference
October 2, 2017 – October 3, 2017
Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX
A conference devoted to helping women manage natural resources in the Edwards Plateau will take place in Fredericksburg Oct. 2-3 at the Inn on Barons Creek.
The Women’s Natural Resource Management Conference is funded by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Endowment, said Dr. Larry Redmon, co-chair and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Bennett Trust specialist.
The women’s conference is an extension of the Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference, which has been held three times in Kerrville, Redmon said. “More and more women are becoming landowners through inheritance and other means, and we want to help these women be a success in the management of their natural resources,” he said. “By offering a ladies conference, we hope women will feel more comfortable with attending and participating. We also want to encourage mothers to bring their daughters; it is a generational thing.”
Cost of the two-day conference is $75 and includes all meals, break refreshments and tour transportation costs.
“Everyone involved in the planning process is excited about our new Edwards Plateau Land Stewardship conferences,” he said. “And thanks to the Bennett’s generosity, this will be a unique learning opportunity for all of us for years to come.”
The conference will cover stewardship of natural resources, deer management fundamentals, becoming a Texas Master Naturalist and more. Those with a passion for natural resource stewardship and a love for the Texas Hill Country will want to be there.” Among the speakers will be wildlife biologists, animal scientists, range scientists, estate attorneys and financial planners.
The conference’s preliminary agenda for the first day includes a presentation on the history of the Hill Country plants, animals and early people found in the region, and how the region has changed with time and the challenges those changes present. Learn more and register online.
2 (Monday) - 3 (Tuesday)
“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