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The Importance Of Dark Skies

The importance of dark skies

Lost in the forest until nightfall, a young child faces his fears and learns how nature flourishes in darkness in the latest book from Shearer Publishing, based in Fredericksburg. The children’s book, “Who Loves the Dark? Why Nature Loves and Needs Dark Skies” brought to life by author Sheri Phillabaum and illustrator Liz Painter was created to introduce young people to the value of dark skies. Read more from Madalyn Watson with Fredericksburg Standard here.

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Land Revival

Land Revival

When prospective landowners look for their slice of Hill Country, they may look for running water, mature trees, bluebonnets, a scenic vista, or a pristine canvas. Not Paula Stone. When Stone first set eyes on her property at the edge of Fredericksburg, her realtor would not even step into the house. “There was nothing inside,” she recalled, “but dead animals and rat droppings.” Read more from HCA’s own Daniel Oppenheimer from Rock and Vine Magazine here.

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How You Can Help Rebuild The Mason County Courthouse Destroyed In A Fire

How you can help rebuild the Mason County courthouse destroyed in a fire

For over a century the Mason County courthouse stood as a landmark in the center of town. The tower, with its 150-year-old clock, ticked the hours away. Late Thursday night, the clock stopped. A blaze ripped through the historical building as distraught residents watched first responders battle the fire. By 1 a.m., the fire was under control, according to the hillcountrypassport.com. Read more from Alana Edgin with San Angelo Standard-Times here.

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Inside The McDonald Observatory’s Mission To Preserve The Darkest Skies In West Texas

Inside the McDonald Observatory’s mission to preserve the darkest skies in West Texas

Bill Wren remembers the night sky rising like wallpaper above him when he was a child in rural Missouri. But after a move to Houston in 1970 when he was 15, lights from the city’s sprawl obscured all but a few stars. It wasn’t until he was 21 years old, on a camping trip to West Texas’ Davis Mountains State Park, that he flashed back to the Missouri skies of his childhood. Staring at a starry mass running to the…

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‘Everything Was There And Then It Wasn’t’: Developers Allowed To Skirt Tree Ordinance

‘Everything was there and then it wasn’t’: Developers allowed to skirt tree ordinance

In 2019, a city environmental plans examiner emailed then-state Rep. Roland Gutierrez to inform him he had violated San Antonio’s tree preservation ordinance by chopping down a large heritage oak without a permit on a lot he was developing. “There will be a work without permit penalty of $2,000 assessed to your project,” Robin Loyd wrote to Gutierrez, D-San Antonio. Read more from Brian Chasnoff with San Antonio Express-News here. 

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Will Nature Go Mainstream In 2021?

Will nature go mainstream in 2021?

One of the many things we’ve learned from the global shock of COVID-19 is just how intertwined humanity is with nature. A wildlife-borne pathogen has infected more than 70 million people, disrupted global supply chains, spotlighted inequities and exposed new vulnerabilities in our financial systems: the costs of our broken relationship with nature are startlingly clear. As we set our collective vision toward global recovery in 2021, recognizing and making decisions based on nature’s value will be essential for building…

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Texans For Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) Invited To Contribute To House Interim Committee’s Study On Aggregate Production Operations

Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) invited to contribute to House Interim Committee’s Study on Aggregate Production Operations

Hill Country Alliance - Community Program Note: The Hill Country Alliance is an active member of the Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) coalition. Quarries, gravel mines, sand mines, and concrete batch plants are increasingly posing significant challenges to Hill Country communities. HCA is dedicated to helping address these issues by working with residents, legislators, state agencies, local governments, and industry through participation in TRAM. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2021 CONTACT: Fermín Ortiz, (512) 755-9393, info@tramtexas.org  As aggregate production operations…

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Editorial: Rivers Are Lifeblood Of Region

Editorial: Rivers are lifeblood of region

The owners of a youth camp near Vanderpool have filed a request for a permit to discharge 60,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into a tributary of the Sabinal River. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which has jurisdiction in the matter, should deny the requested permit out of hand. Young Life purchased the former Camp Lonehollow on Ranch to Market Road 187, just south of Vanderpool, in 2019. The new owners want to build a wastewater treatment facility…

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Kerrville Approves Resolution Asking For Review Of Rock Crushing Plant Near Manufacturing Plants

Kerrville approves resolution asking for review of rock crushing plant near manufacturing plants

The Kerrville City Council unanimously approved a resolution that notes its opposition to a rock and concrete operation that would be sited near three of the city's most important manufacturing operations. The proposed rock crushing would be located just south of Texas 27 and Al Mooney Road near the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport. It's also outside of the city limits and the only action the city can take is voicing its opposition to the plan. Read more from Louis Amestoy with…

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Great Springs Project Proposes A Network Of Trails From Austin To San Antonio

Great Springs Project proposes a network of trails from Austin to San Antonio

Can one of the fastest-developing regions in the country prioritize conservation? That's the hope of the ambitious Great Springs Project, which has inched a little closer to realizing its goal of a national parklike trail connecting two of Texas' most populous cities. On Dec. 8, the National Park Service selected the Great Springs Project to receive backing in the form of "community planning and technical assistance" for their endeavor to build a network of multiuse trails from Austin to San…

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