CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

Will Wright | Herald-Zeitung | Comal County Commissioners recently approved steps to formalize an agreement between the county’s Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and CEMEX Construction Materials South, which will establish wildlife protection for endangered species adjacent to the CEMEX quarry site. County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the agreement pledges CEMEX’s participation in the RHCP, which protects habitat areas for endangered species, such as the golden-cheeked warbler, on CEMEX’s 761-acre tract at 2682 Wald Road. The golden-cheeked warbler is a small, migratory…

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Celebrating the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan

Celebrating the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan

On May 6, local biologists will lead guided hikes through the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program that created the project—the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan. In 1996, Travis County became the first area in the U.S. to offer developers a streamlined method to build in areas housing endangered species habitats, BCCP Coordinating Committee Secretary Sherri Kuhl said. In 2016, 739 areas or entities are participating in the program, said Adam Zerrenner, field supervisor for…

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Rieff: There is no need to sacrifice Texas’ protected wildlife

Rieff: There is no need to sacrifice Texas’ protected wildlife

Texans have always taken pride in our state’s great diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Working with public agencies and private landowners, wildlife biologists and enthusiasts have maintained a tradition of conserving our unique diversity of wildlife and wild places. This is a critical accomplishment in a state where less than 3 percent of the land is in public ownership. Central Texas was one of the first places in the nation to address potential conflicts between endangered species conservation and…

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Threat to Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed in Texas

Threat to Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed in Texas

“These days, the diminutive songbird, which weighs less than an ounce, is at the center of a classic environment-versus-development confrontation over emerging efforts to end its 25-year status as an endangered species. Those who are calling for the delisting maintain that the protections are based on inaccurate data, impede development in the high-growth Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas and restrict training at Fort Hood, one of the world’s largest military installations.” “The warbler showdown is also part of a…

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HCA learning opportunities about the SEP HCP

HCA learning opportunities about the SEP HCP

The Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP HCP) has its share of controversy. HCA convened a successful meeting in Boerne in March to foster more understanding and as a result, a landowner gathering has been scheduled in Bandera on May 5th. Read more about the purpose and outcomes from the March program here. Join us in Bandera May 5th to participate with Hill Country landowner and a great line-up of speakers. See below for details. Bandera Meeting of the…

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A Habitat Conservation Plan for the Southern Edwards Plateau

Bexar County and the City of San Antonio are working on a regional planning effort to balance the conservation needs of rare plants and animals with the demand for economic growth and development. This program is known as the Southern Edwards Plateau, Habitat Conservation Plan (SEP HCP):  http://www.sephcp.com/ A Habitat Conservation Plan for the Southern Edwards Plateau Opportunity or Liability By Milan J. Michalec, HCA Board Member Since the initial public comments were recorded during the scoping period in 2011,…

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Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Program Public Meeting

A public meeting and Workshop of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Stakeholder and Science Committees will be held on April 22, 2015 8:30 am – 5 pm. This Workshop in an opportunity to learn about and discuss the issues, and give formal comment on the National Academy of Sciences Report 1. Learn more

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Public Meetings Scheduled on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in cooperation with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County will conduct public meetings in Helotes, Texas and Kerrville, Texas, to obtain comments on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan (dHCP), draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and an incidental take permit application. The Southern Edwards Plateau dHCP outlines conservation actions designed to ensure that development occurring in one of the most rapidly growing…

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The Edward Aquifer HCP is one of four conservation partnerships honored by the Interior Secretary

The Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) is one of four organizations to receive the Department of Interior’s Partner in Conservation Award. EARIP’s Habitat Conservation Plan, approved in 2013, was created to ensure that the Comal and San Marcos springs will continue to flow and that species such as the fountain darter and Texas blind salamander will survive even if Texas experiences yet another significant drought. Learn More

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