After extensive public testimony, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved an amended set of regulations for artificial movement of deer by permit as part of the state’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan. Adopted provisions are the result of extensive collaboration between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the deer... Read more
Urban sprawl isn’t a new phenomenon. But new analysis from City Observatory has finally quantified the cost of building cities that make us travel farther between the places where we live, work, and play. They call it the “Sprawl Tax.” Based on numbers from a 2015 Brookings report, the new study found that commuters in the country’s 50... Read more
More than four years ago, many Lakehills residents traded in their jet skis and boats for 4-wheelers and ATVs, said Kristin Eliason, who lives in the Brushy Creek subdivision next to Medina Lake. In a drought-ridden area like Medina Lake, there was no use for water sports equipment at her “lakeside” home. “It was barren,” Eliason said. “It was a totally different... Read more
A special commission appointed by District Judge Roy Ferguson to settle compensation claims in eminent domain lawsuits tied to the Trans-Pecos Pipeline has sided with landowners and against the pipeline company – Energy Transfer – in six of seven cases. The Dallas-based company has invoked its legal power to condemn land through eminent domain against multiple landowners in... Read more
Members of Keep Utopia Beautiful recently joined Hill Country Alliance program director Cliff Kaplan to encourage Uvalde County Commissioners to support the preservation of dark skies in the area by reducing light pollution. Kaplan, along with Claudia Rogers and Barbara Baggett of Keep Utopia Beautiful, spoke to commissioners May 23, ultimately convincing the county’s governing body to pass... Read more
A new study looks at the role of eminent domain and condemnation in the changing landscapes of Texas and the Hill Country. Are private companies taking advantage of loose regulations on the use of eminent domain to abuse private property rights? The Texas Hill Country is no stranger to pipelines, transmission lines, roadways and municipal utility districts that... Read more
This year’s monstrous El Nino, nicknamed Godzilla by NASA, is dead. It heated up the globe, ended the Central Texas drought, but didn’t quite end California’s four-year drought. El Niño delivered the promised rains to Central Texas, resulting in periods of deadly flooding, and a record 12 month rainfall of nearly 60 inches at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport between... Read more
Jeanne Simpson sits before a foot-wide section of 42-inch diameter green pipe, a sample of what is likely to be buried on her property. A fourth-generation landowner, Simpson co-owns and manages the Barreno Ranch southwest of Marfa, a more than 6,000-acre property her great-grandfather settled in 1884. A special commission hearing Wednesday ruled damages to her property from... Read more
(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Texas Master Naturalist class Enrollment Enrollment is underway for the next Texas Master Naturalist class in [...]
Texas Master Naturalist class Enrollment
Enrollment is underway for the next Texas Master Naturalist class in the Hill Country. Applications must be received by July 13, and training will begin Aug. 22 with a reception. Classes will be each Wednesday, beginning Aug. 24, and field trips to geologically significant sites, preserves and wildlife management areas are scheduled. Apply now at http://txmn.org/hillcountry/online-application-2/
All Day (Wednesday)
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Living Waters Conference 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 13 Coke Stevenson Center, 440 N. U.S. Highway 83 in Junction Registration is $25, includes lunch For more information and [...]
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Living Waters Conference
8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 13
Coke Stevenson Center, 440 N. U.S. Highway 83 in Junction
Registration is $25, includes lunch
For more information and to RSVP by July 8, contact Silvers at 325-446-2620 or Lisa Brown, AgriLife Extension agent in Menard County, at 325-396-4787.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one integrated pest management and two general – will be offered.
Topics and speakers:
— Feral Hogs and Their Impact on Riparian Areas, Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, San Angelo.
— Stream Trailer Demonstration and Surface Groundwater Management, Dr. Allyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Fort Stockton.
— Watershed Management, Billy Kniffen, AgriLife Extension retired water resource specialist, Menard.
— Ecological Benefits of Brush Management, Dr. Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.
(Wednesday) 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
TWA’s 31st ANNUAL CONVENTION JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa July 14-17, 2016 Register [...]
14 (Thursday) - 17 (Sunday)
2 (Friday) - 5 (Monday)
“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
After the Storm:
Letting the River Heal