Hill Country Land Trust Video: Hill Country Woodlands

Hill Country Land Trust Video: Hill Country Woodlands

The Hill Country Land Trust has released their fifth video in a series of videos on land management topics. Hill Country Woodlands explores the challenges of restoring and maintaining healthy woodlands.  This video examines examples of declining and healthy woodland areas to show landowners specific methods to encourage diversity in their woodlands. You can also download a pdf for more detailed information on this topic here: Hill Country Woodlands  

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Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter Class of 2017

Applications being accepted for the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country Chapter Class of 2017

  • March 27, 2017
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Beginning April 1, Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country chapter will be accepting applications for the class of 2017. Texas Master Naturalists (TXMN) is a corps of trained volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of the natural resources and natural areas of Texas.  The organization is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in coordination with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service. The TXMN Hill Country Chapter, which celebrates its fifteenth year of organization this year,…

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Sengelmann: Water is not a commodity to be pumped to depletion

Sengelmann: Water is not a commodity to be pumped to depletion

A recent commentary in the Express-News by Simon Sequeira, the CEO of Quadvest Water & Sewer Utility in Magnolia, attempts to blame all of the state’s water issues on groundwater conservation districts, or GCDs. The commentary (“The next generation of water wars; Governmental greed siphoning dollars, future from Texans,” March 5) states, “Many of these districts were created to prevent the big cities like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio from coming into their county and taking their water.”  I can…

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Growth in San Antonio area counties still near the top in U.S.

Growth in San Antonio area counties still near the top in U.S.

  • March 23, 2017
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Three northern neighbors of Bexar County continue to draw new residents at a pace that ranks them in the nation’s 10 fastest growing larger counties, according to U.S. Census estimates released Thursday. Kendall, Comal and Hays counties have made the top 10 list in recent years with fair regularity, so it didn’t surprise officials there who deal with the resulting traffic congestion, new rooftops and increased demand for public facilities and services.  “There’s no doubt it’s challenging,” said Darrel Lux,…

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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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Three Bills Filed to Ensure Clean Water Recharges the Edwards Aquifer

Senator José Menéndez, Representative Donna Howard, and Representative Tracy O. King have filed bills that many believe are needed to protect the quality of water in the Edwards Aquifer.  S.B. 1796 (Menéndez) / H.B. 3467 (Howard) state “The commission (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality -TCEQ) may not issue a new permit authorizing the discharge of sewage effluent directly into any water in the contributing or recharge zone of the San Antonio or Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.”  H.B. 3036…

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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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