Asphalt is the last crop

Asphalt is the last crop

Missed in the coverage of the recent release of the 2018 farm bill is an obscure program that will significantly impact the future of Texas. It is not a commodity program, nor does it deal with nutrition assistance. It is smaller in scope and cost than those programs, yet is just as far-reaching. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program provides a voluntary opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sell their development rights, thus ensuring that the property remains agricultural land forever. The landowner retains title…

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‘No Land No Water’ campaign promotes conservation

‘No Land No Water’ campaign promotes conservation

When it rains in Texas, it falls predominantly on a privately-owned farm, ranch or timberland. How that land is managed will have consequences for the future of Texas water. That’s a cornerstone message of “No Land No Water,” a new public awareness campaign of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT). The campaign promotes conservation of private working lands is key to protecting the state’s water resources. Social media sites, billboards and a new website are bringing attention to the campaign and…

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Conservation Of Private Land And Wildlife A Benefit For All

Conservation Of Private Land And Wildlife A Benefit For All

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 of all. Dr. Randy DeYoung, president of the state organization and a wildlife molecular geneticist and research associate with the Caesar Kleberg…

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Hill Country workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

Hill Country workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is hosting a landowner workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Bass Conference Facility, 138 Kerr WMA Rd W, Hunt, TX 78024. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term. Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property. A conservation easement is a voluntary…

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Workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

Workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBRT) are hosting a landowner workshop on Friday, May 13. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term. Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. This agreement…

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Conservation Easement 101: What Is a Conservation Easement?

Conservation Easement 101: What Is a Conservation Easement?

As development in Texas increases, lands that have been in families for generations are at a greater risk of fragmentation and development than ever before. Many are beginning to look to conservation easements to protect family lands for future generations. But what is a conservation easement and how does it work? Texas Agricultural Land Trust’s Ken Cerely shares four must-knows about conservation easements. Read more from Cattleman Magazine    

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Transmission line pits land preservation against electric power grid

Transmission line pits land preservation against electric power grid

“In a case pitting electricity demand against Hill Country conservation efforts, the owner of the largest piece of private permanently preserved land in Gillespie County is making a last-ditch effort to persuade state regulators to change the route of a planned transmission line. The line, about 13 miles long, is part of a plan to beef up electrical infrastructure to serve a growing area east of Fredericksburg. Such transmission lines, which involve support structures 10 stories tall or higher, are becoming…

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Clash of land-use priorities troubling

Clash of land-use priorities troubling

The Lower Colorado River Authority has proposed to construct a large electrical transmission line across the largest piece of protected land — public or private — in Gillespie County, southwest of Austin. Owned by Terese T. Hershey, a renowned conservationist, the 1,500-acre Hershey Ranch is protected by a conservation easement that was supposed to conserve it in perpetuity. The Hill Country Land Trust, one of 30 private, nonprofit land trusts in Texas, “holds” the conservation easement and is entrusted with ensuring…

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A Win for Land Conservation!

A Win for Land Conservation!

In a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 on Friday to pass the bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. This has been a priority for the Land Trust Community led by the Land Trust Alliance, follow their work on the LTA blog here. To learn about conservation easements and land trusts working in the Hill Country, read and share this HCA issue paper on Hill Country land conservation.

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Conservation Easement Workshop Presentations

The October 23rd Conservation Easement Workshop in Johnson City was a great success. Thank you to the Hill Country Land Trust, our wonderful sponsors and all who participated. Speaker presentations from the event are available below. Subscribe to HCA’s newsletter for updates on upcoming Conservation Easement Workshops here. Presentations: Protecting Texas with Conservation Easements – Burgess Jackson, Land Conservation Law The Role of Land Trusts – Frank Davis, Hill Country Conservancy Planning with Conservation Easements – Thomas Hall, Braun &…

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