Colleen Schreiber | Livestock Weekly | Those attending the recent annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society heard from a diverse group of speakers about the value of conservation, the need to manage natural resources from an economic perspective, and the relevance of private lands and those who steward those private lands for the benefit... Read more
Though a bill has been filed by state Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) to create a groundwater conservation district in southwestern Travis County with the goal of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of ground water, few stakeholders if any are satisfied with the shape and power of the proposed district . But the proposed Southwestern Travis County Groundwater... Read more
The audio recording of the most recent Texas Water Symposium is now available on Texas Public Radio’s website, www.tpr.org. Experts in watershed protection planning convened on Thursday, February 24th at Texas State University in San Marcos to discuss the growing involvement of local stakeholders in watershed protection to improve and sustain the health of Texas springs, creeks, and... Read more
One of the many draws to Boerne is the warm sense of community that is apparent around town. From a walk down Main Street or dining at one of the local eateries to hiking the miles of trails or visiting the ducks at Cibolo Creek, Boerne offers comfort and familiarity. Another element that has become a mainstay in... Read more
As the last cool days of winter seem to be fading from memory, it is a good time to reflect on how 2017 is shaping up in Texas. Spring arrived early this year, and one of the warmest winters on record has our highways popping with color before the first of March. At the Hill Country Alliance, this... Read more
A Texas Department of Agriculture rule change that would have permitted the use of warfarin-laced bait to poison feral hogs is on hold after a state district judge in Austin issued a temporary restraining order Thursday. Wild Boar Meats, a meat processing business, had asked District Judge Jan Soifer to suspend the emergency rules that would allow Kaput... Read more
Close to 3,000 people attended the inaugural Festival in 2016. Back for its second year, on March 18, at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., thousands will again come together for a celebration of the starlit skies of Texas. This year, the Texas Night Sky Festival® will feature more activities, more booths and... Read more
Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) announced the funding and pursuit of a series of studies with the goal of assessing how siloed municipal water agencies in the state of Texas can transition to an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) model. The structure would increase water use efficiency in... Read more
Save the Date! Texas Night Sky Festival Saturday, March 18, 2017 Dripping Springs, TX International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Texas, the City of Dripping Springs, [...]
Save the Date!
Texas Night Sky Festival
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Dripping Springs, TX
International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Texas, the City of Dripping Springs, and the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist will host the 2nd Annual Texas Night Sky Festival, a free celebration of the Texas Night Sky!
All attendees will join in fun citizen science activities, learn from engaging speakers and exhibits, see examples of good lighting for their home or business, view school projects and competition entries focused on protecting the night sky, feast at the food trucks, take home a book or work of art inspired by the night sky, earn a related scouting badge, or explore the stars.
Save the date to join us for a fun family event! If you have any questions, please call 512-858-4725.
All Day (Saturday)
League of Women Voters-Comal Area Public Forum: The Future of Transportation and Air Quality in Comal County Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Tye Preston Memorial Library 16311 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake. The [...]
League of Women Voters-Comal Area Public Forum: The Future of Transportation and Air Quality in Comal County
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Tye Preston Memorial Library
16311 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake.
The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) as part of their study of land use planning in the county.
Kevin Webb, Comal County Commissioner, Precinct 3, and Richard Dixon, Ph.D., professor of geography at Texas State University, will be the speakers.
“Complaints about traffic congestion from IH-35 to Highway 281 and all roads in between are usually at the top of anyone’s list when discussing growth in Comal County,” said LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane. “Our speakers have been invited to explain planning that is being done to reduce congestion and to reduce the air pollution that accompanies it.”
Commissioner Webb will explain the work of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO). Webb is appointed to the Executive Committee of AAMPO, a regional agency that oversees over $200 million in state and federal transportation funding. He will be explaining the decision-making process regarding transportation planning in the region and what transportation plans are being made for Comal County.
Dr. Dixon has been researching air quality issues in our region. He will describe our most common air pollutants, their effects, and suggestions for reducing levels of pollution. Dixon will also explain the work of the Air Improvement Resources (AIR) committee of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, which creates region-wide strategies to improve air quality.
“Growth is causing all of us to focus on how best to plan for the future of Comal County, including New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, Bulverde, and Spring Branch” continued Deane. “We appreciate our speakers sharing their respective expertise in regional planning for transportation and regional planning to improve air quality.”
(Thursday) 7:00 pm
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE WHEN: Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 5:00 - 9:00 pm WHAT: Trespasser's Ball - dancing, local food & drink, canyon hike, stargazing [...]
SAVE THE DATE
WHEN: Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
WHAT: Trespasser’s Ball – dancing, local food & drink, canyon hike, stargazing & more!
WHERE: Westcave Preserve
WHO: Friends of Westcave
WHY: Forty years ago, Westcave’s founders kicked out the trespassers.
Now, we want to invite them (and you!) back for a big ball.
Check back to www.westcave.org for details
(Saturday) 5:00 pm
20 (Thursday) - 21 (Friday)
"A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas Hill Country offering opportunities for education [...]
“A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas Hill Country offering opportunities for education and entertainment for the whole family.”
The 7th Annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival
April 28-30, 2017
Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fredericksburg
28 (Friday) - 30 (Sunday)
April 28-29, 2017 Celebrate Texas - At Fort Martin Scott Friday, April 28, 2017 (School Day) 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Two days of continuous Living [...]
April 28-29, 2017
Celebrate Texas – At Fort Martin Scott
Friday, April 28, 2017 (School Day)
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Two days of continuous Living History featuring Military, Frontier Lawmen, Native Americans and Civilians representing the fort’s active time period with special events for children.
Friday is School Day with planned activities for School Groups (including Home Schoolers). Pioneer Crafts, Musicians, Story Tellers and more.
Each day visitors will experience Flag Ceremonies, Military Drills, Life in a Frontier Texas Camp and numerous displays. Sutler Store, Pioneer Cooking and Pioneer Crafts. Something for the entire family.
Friday: Adults $5.00 – Children Under 17 Free
School Groups Admitted Free of Charge
(Students and Leaders)
Saturday: Adults $5.00 – Children Under 17 $2.00
Children under 6 Free
General Questions (830) 217-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
28 (Friday) 10:00 am - 29 (Saturday) 5:00 pm
(Saturday) 11:30 am
Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
Staying Informed on Conservation Law
Are you an experienced land trust professional, attorney, law school faculty, appraiser or accountant looking to stay informed on conservation law? Are you interested in crafting practical legal solutions?
If you work with land trusts on advanced legal issues, this is a program you cannot afford to miss. This symposium will deliver information that is impossible to find at any other single program. You will receive updates from leading practitioners and conservation professionals who are uniquely qualified to weigh in on timely topics in conservation law. You will leave with practical tips you can put to use immediately upon your return to the office.
Join us for two intensive days where we will:
- Explore the developing law on the donation valuation of land and easements and ethical duties of land trusts;
- Examine specific challenges with multiple landowners of conservation easement property;
- Unravel specific examples of nonprofit law risk assessment and management;
- Explore strategies for confronting proposed interstate pipelines, including demonstration of public need, consideration of alternative transport systems and deference to conservation values; and
- Dig into the nuances and implications of three recent critical conservation cases.
Agenda & Faculty
15 (Thursday) - 16 (Friday)
“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