As the weather cools and we all gather loved ones close, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and count our blessings. Here at the Hill Country Alliance, I’ve lost count of how many supporters, partners, inspirational individuals, ideas, and moments we have to be thankful for this year. With your generous help, the Hill Country Alliance has... Read more
The state’s expanding population, coupled with more extreme flooding events and drought cycles, is creating short-term management challenges and long-term planning uncertainty. We rely on prevailing climate patterns to plan for development, agriculture, and ranching, but those patterns are changing. On Thursday, November 9, the Texas Water Symposium opened its tenth season on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville... Read more
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, located just north of Austin on the North Fork of the San Gabriel River.... Read more
Will Wright | The Herald-Zeitung | Comal County’s open spaces are quickly disappearing, and about 100 regional residents seeking to preserve them attended a seminar that outlined available options for public and private land conservation on Wednesday at McKenna Events Center. The League of Women Voters-Comal Area and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, dedicated to preserving the Edwards and Trinity... Read more
The mayhem that Hurricane Harvey unleashed on Houston didn’t only come from the sky. On the ground, it came sweeping in from the Katy Prairie some 30 miles west of downtown. Water drains naturally in this stretch of Texas, or at least it used to. At more than 600 square miles, Houston has grown to be as big... Read more
The San Marcos City Council voted on Wednesday to enter a lease-purchase agreement with the Trust for Public Land to purchase 102 acres of undeveloped land. The property is located near Country Estates and is currently owned by Texas State University. The lease-purchase agreement will break up the $1,270,000 price tag into three payments. The city will make... Read more
The earthen dam on the outskirts of this Williamson County city certainly does not look flimsy. At 35 feet high and nearly a third of a mile long, it has done a reliable job of holding back floodwaters on Chandler Branch, a normally placid tributary of Brushy Creek, for more than 50 years. But in a worst-case flood,... Read more
The stars. I think I share a common experience with many people who grew up in an urban or suburban environment. You manage to learn about Orion and his belt, the Big Dipper and its little companion, and of course the North Star. You have a chance to see them on occasion on a perfectly clear night or... Read more
November 27, 2017 7:00 p.m. - Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Upper Guadalupe River Authority lecture hall 125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville.
November 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. – Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Upper Guadalupe River Authority lecture hall
125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville.
The public is invited to attend the November 27, 2017 meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter to hear Rufus Stephens, wildlife biologist, and Jan Wrede, educator, discuss their new publication.
After years of working with landowners, land managers, naturalists, county officials, and others about wildlife management and land stewardship for birds in the Texas Hill Country, Stephens and Wrede teamed up to write a practical guidebook on how to improve habitat for birds on both small and large properties throughout the Hill Country. They will discuss common problems and possible solutions for developing optimum habitat. By helping readers recognize and evaluate habitat health and then use appropriate habitat enhancement practices, the authors hope to inspire and enable widespread and effective bird conservation in the Texas Hill Country. Rufus is a Certified Wildlife Biologist recently retired from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he had held the position as the Wildlife District Leader for the Edwards Plateau wildlife district. Jan is a former director of education at Cibolo Nature Center and the author of Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country. Copies of the new publication, Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country: A Guide to Land Stewardship, will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Contact Craig Childs, Vice-President, (210) 286-2674, for further information.
(Monday) 7:00 pm
Planet Texas 2050 November 29, 2017 at 8 pm Paramount Theatre in Austin Get Tickets Texas is a demographic and climatic [...]
Planet Texas 2050
November 29, 2017 at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre in Austin
Texas is a demographic and climatic hot spot. In the 21st century, our region is projected to undergo a doubling of its population and a shift to a more drought-prone climate. This poses synergistic challenges for our state’s resources, economy, cities, and public health. Planet Texas 2050 is a lively discussion of Texas’s challenges and potential solutions by leading experts in their fields.
Presented by Hot Science – Cool Talks and the Paramount Theatre
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm
Save the Date: Texas Water Symposium - Rainwater Harvesting: Innovative Uses and Water Security December 7, 2017 7pm-8:30pm, Doors at 6:30 Historic [...]
Save the Date:
Texas Water Symposium – Rainwater Harvesting: Innovative Uses and Water Security
December 7, 2017
7pm-8:30pm, Doors at 6:30
Historic Kendall County Courthouse
201 E San Antonio Ave, Boerne TX 78006
More details coming soon!
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reforestation on the Blanco River 2017-2018 TreeFolks is looking for volunteers to plant trees this winter in [...]
Reforestation on the Blanco River 2017-2018
TreeFolks is looking for volunteers to plant trees this winter in areas along the Blanco River affected by the Memorial Day Weekend Floods of 2015. These events are part of Trees for the Blanco, which accelerates recovery of the Blanco River ecosystem by providing comprehensive reforestation services to landowners affected by the flooding. This is a multi-year reforestation campaign to plant a diversity of native species along the Blanco in Hays County. Volunteers will plant seedlings this winter which provide important environmental benefits to the Hays County community and will help reduce damage from future flood events. Planting locations will be on privately owned property in Hays County, thus addresses will not be posted on the website. Instead, TreeFolks will send a reminder a few days before the event with further details. We plant trees rain or shine, but will notify you prior to the event if there is a cancellation. Because of the rough terrain and river, we ask that all children be accompanied by adults and closely monitored during volunteer events.
sign up – Saturday 11/18/2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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(Sunday) 10:00 am - 1:00 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
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival:
Eight stunning films highlighting iconic scenery, conservation efforts, and remarkable adventures!
Kerrville – Sept. 28
Mason – Oct. 12
Fredericksburg – TBD
Rainwater Revival +
Hill Country Living Festival:
Bigger, Better, More Fun!
Join us, November 4 in Dripping Springs! Details
After the Storm:
Letting the River Heal