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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Conservation Easement to provide permanent protection for the Golden Cheeked Warbler

Conservation Easement to provide permanent protection for the Golden Cheeked Warbler

April 23, 2015 Travis Audobon In a major step for conservation in Central Texas, Travis Audubon has entered into an agreement with Travis County that will ensure a permanent, protected home for the Golden-cheeked Warbler, an endangered songbird. Travis Audubon agreed to provide a permanent easement over most of its 715-acre Baker Sanctuary to the county and will manage the preserve in perpetuity. As a result, the undeveloped land will become part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Baker Sanctuary, located…

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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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AgriLife Landowner’s Management Workshop, April 20 in San Antonio

Download Flyer A Landowner’s Management Workshop will be held from 5:30-8:45 p.m. April 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, in San Antonio. “This workshop is intended to provide landowners helpful tips to combat weeds and or brush on their properties that are now emerging with the warmer weather and through the summer months,” said Troy Luepke, AgriLife Extension’s Bexar County program coordinator for water and natural resources. “The program…

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EAPP funding up for renewal

  • April 7, 2015
  • News

On May 9, San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to renew funding for the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and Greenway Trails. To date, the EAPP has conserved over 133,000 acres over the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar, Medina and Uvalde counties. More than 1200 acres have been acquired to construct 46 miles of linear greenways, with 40 additional miles in design or under construction. A fundraiser to support passage of the initiative will be held at Freetail Brewing on April…

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Buying Development Rights Preserves Watersheds

Buying Development Rights Preserves Watersheds

Protecting watersheds and aquifer recharge areas should be a priority for the House Natural Resources Committee, writes Andrew Sansom, executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Purchasing development rights from private landowners in critical watersheds, he says, is a proven way to protect rural and agricultural land for the benefit of the state’s natural resources. Read more fromTrib+Water.

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Hill Country Land Trust Conserves Sandy Ranch in Blanco County

Hill Country Land Trust The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a non-profit land conservation group headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas, recently worked with a landowner to conserve a 201 acre ranch in Blanco County, bringing the total of HCLT conserved acres in the Hill Country to just over 5,900 by the end of 2014. The property, located near the historic community of Sandy north of Johnson City, has been used for grazing and farming since the 1800s. The owners’ intent is…

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