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 access trails on the 384-acre Howe pasture at Dahlstrom Ranch. The planned trail improvements will provide more than three miles of hiking, jogging, and walking trails on the scenic ranch. In addition, plans are underway to provide educational and interpretive signs along the trail to teach visitors about the natural and cultural history of the ranch and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Learn more…

August 11, 2010

Great Video About Bear Springs Blossom Preserve

Peter and Marianne Bonenberger were recently awarded a Lone Star Land Steward Award for their excellent work educating the public about land conservation and active restoration practices. Texas Parks & Wildlife put together a great video about the Bonenbergers that is now available. Take five minutes and see what these awesome folks have been doing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6m8pLdxxww

August 9, 2010

Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Becomes Texas’ First Accredited Land Trust

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced today that Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust has been awarded accredited status, making Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust the first accredited land trust in the state of Texas. Read more from Texas Land Trust Council here.

June 16, 2010

TCL, Hill Country landowners win Lone Star Land Steward Award

“In order to be good stewards, you must watch your land, appreciate what you have, decide what you want to change, act carefully, and be patient. We have tried to think about our future generations and live in harmony with Nature—we hope you will join us!” Read more.

May 25, 2010

TLC Preserve of the Month: Las Fogatas

The Texas Land Conservancy features “Las Fogatas” or Ferguson Ranch, a beautiful conservation property in Gillespie County owned by Phil Ferguson and Kathy O’Neal. Learn more about this Conservation Easement here.

May 15, 2010

Hays County couple gives tour of restored, conserved land

When Julie Johnson and her husband, Gordon, bought 100 acres in Kyle more than 10 years ago, their plans for the property did not include farming. The sprawling land that had once been thick with lush native grasses had been overgrazed by cattle and was beat up. Read full Statesman.com article here.

April 30, 2010

Workshop gives landowners new tool to control their properties’ future uses

LCRA is sponsoring a free conservation easement workshop on Friday, May 14. Learn how conservation easements can help you plan ahead to conserve land, about the potential tax benefits of conservation easements, the role of land trust organizations in conservation easement agreements and more.Click here for details.

April 19, 2010

Hill Country Land Trust celebrates conservation partners

The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT) recognized its conservation partners during a ceremony at the Stonewall Heritage Society’s Lindig cabin on March 27. Read more here.

March 11, 2010

Protecting the Legacy of your Land

President Lyndon Johnson said “The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner.” Ranchers and farmers develop a close relationship with the land, and most realize that there is always more to learn about being a good steward of their property. And then there is the question about what happens to the land after the owner passes on, or sells his beloved land. Read more…

March 9, 2010

NM governor signs bill for conservation easements

New Mexico governor signs a new bill into law allowing the state to acquire conservation easements from farmers, ranchers and other landowners to ensure that the property is not developed. Read full Business Week articel here.

February 10, 2010

Registration opens for Land Conservation Conference

Don’t miss early bird savings – register today for the 2010 Statewide Land Conservation Conference hosted by the Texas Land Trust Council and underwritten by Land/Water/Sky. Held April 28-30 this is a great opportunity to share and learn with the conservation and land trust community. Details and Registration

February 9, 2010

Dahlstrom Ranch Preserved for Future Generations

A rare collaboration to preserve and restore a threatened Texas ranch makes conservation history. Find out more from the Hill Country Conservancy here.