2011 Conservation Easement News

December 29, 2011 Private Lands, Public Benefits: Innovations to Sustain the Private Lands that Provide Food, Fiber and Water Policy In early December, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust and Texas Department of Agriculture hosted Private Lands, Public Benefits in Austin, Texas. The full day conference showcased examples of unique, market based approaches to land and natural resource conservation. Topics included; land fragmentation and loss of rural lands, purchase of development rights or “PDR” programs, the value of natural ecosystems and…

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Preserve created to help warbler, Camp Bullis

The San Antonio Express News reports: “An intricate land deal has been completed that will protect the military missions of Camp Bullis as well as habitat of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler north of San Antonio, officials said Wednesday. Three years in the making, the pact involves the Army, Bexar County and the Nature Conservancy, which now is the owner and permanent guardian of 1,244 undeveloped acres about 10 miles east of Camp Bullis.”Read more from SA Express-News.

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As Drought Intensifies, Wildscaping Can Help Texans Save Water

Texas residents are asked to monitor and reduce their water usage, yet home and land owners may feel they have little control over resource conservation when it comes to manicured lawns and upkeep of green spaces. They may have heard of alternative gardening as a way to cut costs and save water, but may not know where to turn for advice or information. Read more from Texas Parks and Wildlife here.

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2010 Land Stewardship News

December 28, 2010 Texas Land Conservancy announces Llano County easement Joyce Lucas, owner of the Birk-Sommerfeld Heritage Ranch (Llano County), donated a conservation easement on the 444-acre working ranch in December 2010 in order to protect it forever from the damages of land fragmentation and development. Learn more September 14, 2010 $100,000 grant awarded for public trails on Dahlstrom Ranch! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently awarded Hays County a $100,000 Texas Recreational Trails Fund grant for public…

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2010 Habitat Conservation News

November 22, 2010 Critics of Habitat Plan are Spouting Nonsense The most important thing the public needs to know about the proposed plan is that it is completely voluntary. No one who doesn’t want to participate would have to do so at any price.” Read SA Express-News opinion piece here. Learn more about Habitat Plans here. View fact sheet. July 13, 2010 Comal County plans for Habitat Conservation Plan A public meeting will be held July 27th in Comal County…

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2010 Conservation Easement News

December 28, 2010 Texas Land Conservancy announces Llano County easement Joyce Lucas, owner of the Birk-Sommerfeld Heritage Ranch (Llano County), donated a conservation easement on the 444-acre working ranch in December, 2010 in order to protect it forever from the damages of land fragmentation and development. Learn more September 14, 2010 $100,000 grant awarded for public trails on Dahlstrom Ranch! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently awarded Hays County a $100,000 Texas Recreational Trails Fund grant for public…

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2009 Native Landscape News

April 20, 2009 Hill Country Cruising Spring in the Texas Hill Country is the perfect time for motorcycle enthusiasts to take to the open road and enjoy the wilflowers and bluebonnets in full bloom. “Hill Country Cruising”, a website dedicated to motorcycle riding in the Texas Hill Country is a terrific resource for information and links about wildflowers and scenic drives. View website April 15, 2009 Green building and landscaping a growing local trend About a dozen designers, architects and…

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