2011 Native Landscape News

October 24, 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference Seeks to Combat Growing Threat The 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference, hosted by Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC), will be held November 8-10 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A broad range of speakers will present information on non-native invasive plants and pests and strategies for combating them.Read More September 22, 2011 Texas city rips up grass in effort to save water A study released in…

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2011 Local/Sustainable Agriculture News

January 2, 2011 Keeping rural roots alive without leaving the city A great story featuring thoughts of Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson, two sustainable agriculture pioneers… “We came here as poor people on rich land, but now we are rich people on poor land,” Jackson said. As we made ‘progress,’ we didn’t realize what we were undoing in the process. Our society is built upon the withdrawal on the “capital stock of the earth.” Read story from Statesman.com. December 5,…

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2011 Land Stewardship News

November 17, 2011 Texas Land Conservation on the rise! A new report by the Land Trust Alliance shows that land conservation by nonprofit land trusts across the United States is thriving, with more than 10 million acres conserved from 2005-2010. According to TLTC Land Trusts in Texas contributed to that success, reporting and increase in 55% in acres conserved over this period. Read more from USA Today. September 27, 2011 Is Our Rural Heritage at Risk? How we conserve our…

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2011 Habitat Conservation News

December 28, 2011 EAA Board Approves Funding Agreement for Habitat Conservation Plan The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) Board of Directors approved a funding and management agreement on Tuesday, December 28, that details how the EAA will pay for implementing a habitat conservation plan (HCP) aimed at protecting threatened and endangered species whose only known habitats are the aquifer-fed Comal and San Marcos springs. More from AACOG.com December 14, 2011 Vote sinks aquifer funding The Edwards Aquifer Authority board failed Tuesday…

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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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2011 Water Quality News

  December 28, 2011 Dangers of fracking still becoming clear The word “fracking” may sound funny, but it describes a drilling practice that has created a serious boom in natural gas production in Texas and elsewhere, and with the boom has come serious worries about fracking’s effects on the environment. More from Statesman.com. December 14, 2011 New rules for fracking approved The Texas Railroad Commission approved a rule Tuesday requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose most of the…

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2011 Water Planning News

December 29, 2011 The Texas Water Crisis Texas water authorities at every level are on alert. Last summer’s extremely hot, dry weather was a wake-up call. Now more than a dozen Texas towns are in danger of running out of water. Texas is in a water crisis. To make it official, the Texas Water Development Board December report says the state reservoirs are extremely low even after some autumn rain. Read more from CleanHouston.org. December 21, 2011 Water planners urged…

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2011 Water Conservation News

September 25, 2011 Water conservation a habit we must keep The current drought eventually will end — we think. But even if rain starts to fall in the next few weeks, the record-setting droughts of 2009 and this year should be reminders that if we’re not currently in a drought, we’re always on the brink of one. Read full Statesman.com article. July 19, 2011 Conservation in San Antonio is Saving More than Water Who would believe that a translucent sightless…

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2011 Rainwater Harvesting News

  December 20, 2011 Water a hot topic in Hill Country despite recent rains “Statistics provided by the Texas Water Development Board show that groundwater withdrawal from the Hill Country’s Edwards and Trinity aquifers increased dramatically between 1975 and 2010. In 1975, less than 10,000 acre-feet were withdrawn annually; that shot up to 41,000 acre-feet in 2010. Mix in recent drought years, and a picture of a thirsty Hill Country natural world comes into sharper focus.” Read more from SA…

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2011 Groundwater News

November 16, 2011 Our treasured springs need protection The canary is in the coal mine and he’s thirsty. Without thoughtful stewardship, public treasures such as Jacob’s Well, Hays County’s historic perennial spring, as well as the private legacies of the many unnamed springs feeding Block Creek on Kendall County’s historic Hillingdon Ranch could stop flowing forever. Read full Statesman.com commentary by David K. Langford and David Baker. September 28, 2011 Draft Water Plan Says Texas “Will Not Have Enough” Draft…

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