2011 Public Lands News

December 28, 2011

Travis County park purchase to add access to Pedernales River

Earlier this month, Travis County commissioners closed on a 770-acre ranch owned by Eugene and Jean Reimers in southwestern Travis County near the Hays County line that will connect Milton Reimers Ranch Park and Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve. More from Statesman.com

June 6, 2011

Texas Conservation Action Plan comment period June 10-July 8

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking online public input as the department revises its six-year-old wildlife action plan, a document now called the Texas Conservation Action Plan. Learn more here.

April 19, 2011

Hays County wants to hear from you about parks and open spaces

As Hays County deals with increased growth and development, residents are being asked to give a little of their time and some thought as to where they’d like to see the County direct its Parks, Open Space and Natural Areas planning efforts. The next meetings will be held April 20 and 21. Details here.

March 27, 2011

Parks System’s Rocky Start Has Led To Recent Renaissance

It comes at a time when bond programs have funded much-delayed repairs and upgrades, and high gas prices and a wobbling economy have forced families to re-evaluate vacation plans. It hasn’t hurt that Americans also have undergone a resurgence in family values with a desire to participate in simpler activities. Read full Tyler Morning Telegraph article here.

March 15, 2011

Cuts to state parks budget would be crippling

Visitors to Blanco State Park know it for its compact, picturesque Hill Country landscape and easy access to the Blanco River. The park is making headlines these days for a more dubious reason, however: It’s among seven state parks being considered for transfer to local governments because the state can’t afford to keep operating them. Read full SA Express article here.

February 17, 2011

Blanco Citizens organizing to protect Blanco State Park

Hill Country residents value parks. In response to concerns about the possibility of Blanco State Park shutting down because of TPWD funding cutbacks, citizens are meeting and organizing in Blanco County. A meeting is set for Feb 22nd at the Blanco Courthouse. More about the meeting and the citizen’s call to action here. Blanco County News story here.

February 3, 2011

3K Ranch will be Hill Country ‘island’ as future state park or natural area

More than 3,700 acres of pristine Hill Country plant and animal habitat became part of the state park system last week when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission accepted the 3K Ranch, a gift from the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky estate. Read more from the Boerne Star here.

February 1, 2011

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance success in Texas

Partnerships in the Texas Hill Country achieve on-the-ground success. The Hill Country Conservancy, The City of Austin and Hays County partner for Dahlstrom Ranch and The River Systems Institute leads ongoing long-term conservation along Cypress Creek. Learn more