HCA Executive Director, Katherine Romans, discusses water issues facing our region in this week’s Trib+Water Q&A. “The Hill Country is really a region of extremes, where it goes from serious droughts to catastrophic flooding in an incredibly short period of time. We’re also seeing increased population growth; it’s projected to double over the next 35 years or so.... Read more
A $150 million project is expected to bring thousands of new rooftops and other development to the Spicewood area over the next 15 to 20 years — one of the largest master-planned communities proposed in recent years for a growing part of Central Texas. The 2,200-acre Thomas Ranch development is planned for 2,200 acres off Texas 71 and... Read more
Several noteworthy articles out of the Fredericksburg Standard this week, including this piece about an upcoming bond project that could finance new parkland for the City of Fredericksburg, and this one about a new subdivision coming into the north eastern corner of Gillespie County. Head to the Fredericksburg Standard to learn more! www.fredericksburgstandard.com Read more
The Texans for Property Rights Coalition applauds the filing of SB 740, 741 and 742 aimed at eminent domain reform. The bills expand upon progress made in landmark 2011 eminent domain legislation. The three bills, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst, will help level the playing field for property owners who confront corporations and government entities with deep pockets... Read more
Micke Mecke | Ranch & Rural Living | Most of Texas has been blessed with average or above average rainfall for the past year or more! It is not uncommon to hear your TV weather folks say “The drought in Texas is over,” and often that is echoed in the local coffee shops or by groups of weathered ranchers talking happily about the latest rain.... Read more
Scientists, engineers, conservationist, and planners recently came together in New Braunfels for the two-day “Planning for Growth in Comal County” conference. The wide range of topics discussed included growth, public lands, watershed protection, and land conservation. Learn more about the conference here. View presentations from the conference here Read more
It’s the beginning of another legislative session, and while water may not be top of the agenda, we’re never off the hook. Someday, this state will face another serious drought. Through its regional planning process, Texas is far ahead of most other states when it comes to providing for future water needs. Overlooked in the process, however, is... Read more
All landowners are practicing ecologists, whether they realize it or not. Ecology is not about hugging trees, environmental activism or even the love of nature. Ecology is the study of the interrelationships between and among all parts of the environment. These parts include the soil, water, plants, animals and atmosphere in all of their diverse forms. Ecology is... Read more
The February meeting of NPST - Hill Country Chapter Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services February [...]
The February meeting of NPST – Hill Country Chapter
Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services
6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Program and Meeting
Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks, and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh
Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem. Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard.
VFW Post #6441
401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676
(Monday) 6:30 pm
Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter February meeting: Rabies and Animal Control February 27, 2017 - [...]
Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter
February meeting: Rabies and Animal Control
February 27, 2017 – Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm
Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s lecture hall,
125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville.
Some Texans think of rabies in connection with their pets, and believe that pet vaccination alone might eliminate the disease. In fact, the wildlife so prevalent in the Hill Country and throughout the state is a primary reason for the spread of the disease. In 2015, in the ten counties of the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, there were 53 animals that tested positive for rabies. Of those, only one was a pet (dog.) The remaining cases were found, in descending order, amongst skunk, raccoon, bat, and fox. In other areas of Texas, coyotes have also tested positive for the disease. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the body’s central nervous system. Almost always fatal in animals, in can be just as deadly to humans if left untreated.
Please join us at our February Chapter Meeting to hear Chief Deputy Constable – Pct 2 Ray Garcia, the Director of Kerr County Environmental Health and Animal Services, and Sarah Merritt, Assistant Director, speak on the agency’s practices for Rabies and Animal Control in Kerr County, and learn how citizens can support efforts to combat the disease. Nelson, a Canine Co-presenter will also be in attendance and participate in the program.
The monthly meetings of the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country chapter are free and open to the public. We meet in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s lecture hall, 125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7:00 p.m. Contact Craig Childs, Vice-President, (210) 286-2674, for further information.
(Monday) 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
The February meeting of NPST-Fredericksburg February 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM Social with refreshments, 7 PM Program. Beth McMahon, Gillespie County horticulture [...]
The February meeting of NPST-Fredericksburg
February 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM Social with refreshments, 7 PM Program.
Beth McMahon, Gillespie County horticulture agent will present Native Plant Restoration. The talk will focus on the successes and failures of parallel native plant restoration programs both in Texas and in the Grand Canyon National Park. Location: Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 North Milam Street, Fredericksburg. Program is free and open to the Public.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm
1 (Wednesday) - 3 (Friday)
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)
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
"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)
“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