State program makes conservation pay for farm, ranch owners

State program makes conservation pay for farm, ranch owners

  • March 21, 2017
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Floodwaters frequently prompt family members and an armada of cowboys for hire to round up their cows and move them to higher ground. Historic flooding on the Brazos last summer made much of the ranch accessible only by boat for weeks. “You’d have to be crazy to want to put a subdivision here because of the flooding we get,” said Wilson Griffith. “About all the land is good for is ranching, and maybe growing a few pecan trees.” Griffith 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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Cities unconvinced by Workman’s groundwater bill

Cities unconvinced by Workman’s groundwater bill

Though a bill has been filed by state Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) to create a groundwater conservation district in southwestern Travis County with the goal of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of ground water, few stakeholders if any are satisfied with the shape and power of the proposed district . But the proposed Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District differs from the existing districts in some notable ways. While other groundwater districts provide for some exemptions for regulated wells,…

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Texas Water Symposium – Audio Streaming Available: Watershed Protection Programs in Texas

Texas Water Symposium – Audio Streaming Available: Watershed Protection Programs in Texas

  • March 8, 2017
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The audio recording of the most recent Texas Water Symposium is now available on Texas Public Radio’s website, www.tpr.org. Experts in watershed protection planning convened on Thursday, February 24th at Texas State University in San Marcos to discuss the growing involvement of local stakeholders in watershed protection to improve and sustain the health of Texas springs, creeks, and rivers. “As more and more people move into our cities, pressure is mounting on the water resources that we used to take…

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The Farmers Market at the Cibolo- Boerne’s Community Farmers Market Opens March 11

The Farmers Market at the Cibolo- Boerne’s Community Farmers Market Opens March 11

  • March 7, 2017
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One of the many draws to Boerne is the warm sense of community that is apparent around town. From a walk down Main Street or dining at one of the local eateries to hiking the miles of trails or visiting the ducks at Cibolo Creek, Boerne offers comfort and familiarity. Another element that has become a mainstay in our community is the Farmers Market at the Cibolo located at the Herff Farm at 33 Herff Road. Now embarking upon its…

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HCA Director’s Notes – March 2017

HCA Director’s Notes – March 2017

  • March 6, 2017
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As the last cool days of winter seem to be fading from memory, it is a good time to reflect on how 2017 is shaping up in Texas. Spring arrived early this year, and one of the warmest winters on record has our highways popping with color before the first of March. At the Hill Country Alliance, this spring has us focused on the future. How do we steward our ample winter rains for future droughts? How do we plan…

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Judge blocks rule change allowing feral hog poisoning

Judge blocks rule change allowing feral hog poisoning

  • March 3, 2017
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A Texas Department of Agriculture rule change that would have permitted the use of warfarin-laced bait to poison feral hogs is on hold after a state district judge in Austin issued a temporary restraining order Thursday. Wild Boar Meats, a meat processing business, had asked District Judge Jan Soifer to suspend the emergency rules that would allow Kaput Feral Hog Bait to be sold to and used by licensed pesticide applicators. The hogs, which number in the millions in Texas,…

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The Texas Night Sky Festival will shine brightly once again

The Texas Night Sky Festival will shine brightly once again

  • March 1, 2017
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Close to 3,000 people attended the inaugural Festival in 2016. Back for its second year, on March 18, at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., thousands will again come together for a celebration of the starlit skies of Texas. This year, the Texas Night Sky Festival® will feature more activities, more booths and more speakers and entertainers for people of all ages. Families won’t want to miss going inside one of the two mobile planetariums,…

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BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term Texas water management project

BU and CGMF collaborate on innovative, long-term Texas water management project

  • March 1, 2017
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Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (CGMF) announced the funding and pursuit of a series of studies with the goal of assessing how siloed municipal water agencies in the state of Texas can transition to an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) model. The structure would increase water use efficiency in urban environments, revitalize aging infrastructure, and preserve freshwater inflow to the major bays and estuaries along the Texas Gulf Coast. ISE’s work…

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The Hill Country Alliance’s 11th annual photo contest kicks off March 1

The Hill Country Alliance’s 11th annual photo contest kicks off March 1

  • March 1, 2017
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Capturing Conservation: The Land, Water, and Spirit of the Texas Hill Country –  The Texas Hill Country is a unique region of pristine springs, sprawling landscapes, diverse wildlife, star-filled skies, historic towns and hidden oases. With a rapidly growing population and increasing development coming into the region, many of these special qualities are at risk of being lost forever. For their 11th annual photography contest, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) asks photographers to take out their cameras and capture what…

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