The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment at Texas State University is inviting kayakers and canoeists to join the Texas Stream Team, a citizen science program that has been monitoring the quality of Texas waterways since 1991. Learn more about opportunities for students, educators, outdoor enthusiasts to get out on the river and work on one of the most important issues of our time: Water.
Hill Country Land Trust February 25, 2014 The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a non-profit land conservation group headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas, recently welcomed several new board and committee members. Steve Nelle joined the Board in late 2013, and is a range and wildlife management specialist recently retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after a 35 year distinguished service record. Steve is a leading expert on managing riparian habitats; conducting seminars and workshops around the state and the Hill…
By: Kay Ledbetter AgriLife Today State photographer Wyman Meinzer has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Bennett Trust Land Stewardship educational program, “Protecting the Legacy of the Edwards Plateau,” to be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 23-25 in Kerrville. “You do not want to miss this unique opportunity to hear the state photographer of Texas relate the history and legacy of the Edwards Plateau in a pictorial fashion unlike any other,” said Dr.…
The amount of water flowing into the Highland Lakes in January was the lowest for that month since the 1950s. The lower Colorado River basin is in its seventh year of a severe drought, and the Highland Lakes remain near historic low levels…Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region’s major reservoirs, now hold about 762,000 acre-feet, or 38 percent of capacity. Read more from the LCRA
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site presents a day of family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, featuring adventure and hands-on experiences for all ages. Representatives from a dozen central Texas state parks and state natural areas will be on hand to showcase the area’s rich natural and cultural resources. Learn More
With the enactment of the Agriculture Act of 2014, known to most of us as the Farm Bill, landowners have more certainty about the availability of federal funds for conservation on farm and ranch lands. The Farm Bill provides up to $57 billion dollars over the next five years to support a variety of rural land conservation activities, including the dedication of conservation easements, and eliminates some of the complexity of the varied conservation programs.Read more from Braun & Gresham.
The National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program is working on trail projects throughout Texas including urban trails in Austin and San Antonio and the Llano River Biodiversity trail at Texas Tech University in Junction. Learn More
“How much IS too much?” Is the rate of growth northwest of San Antonio undermining the good efforts of land conservation investment over the aquifer recharge area? These tough questions are explored in the new documentary film project, Water Blues. View clips by location or issue and pass along to others.
The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. This hands-on learning activity is designed for schools, students, communities and families. The more participation we inspire in the Hill Country the better data we’ll have for our region. It’s easy, learn more at www.globeatnight.org
February 11, 2014 The Hill Country Land Trust The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a non-profit land conservation group headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas, recently acquired a land easement of 685 acres in Gillespie County, bringing the total of preserved properties in the Hill Country to 18. The property, located near Stonewall is a former ranch with high plateaus, creeks and riparian areas, pastures, and wooded areas. One significant aspect of the ranch, according to HCLT, is that this property borders…