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HCC is Accredited!

1. HCC is Accredited!

HCC has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, demonstrating our commitment to permanent land conservation. This means that the iconic Hill Country landscape that we work tirelessly to conserve will be here – forever.


Ruby Ranch – A Conservation Success!

2. Ruby Ranch – A Conservation Success!

Our latest conservation easement project is a monumental one! The permanent conservation of the 747-acre Ruby Ranch, a historical property in Hays County, is the final piece of the puzzle that will result in over 10,000 acres of contiguous open space.


Continue to celebrate Earth Day with us!

3. Continue to celebrate Earth Day with us!

A special thank you to the businesses that donated 5% of their sales on Earth Day and everyone who supported us by visiting these businesses! Continue celebrating Mother Earth with us by joining us on a nature hike, grabbing a tearpad coupon at HEB, or becoming a member!


Be the Hill Country!

4. Be the Hill Country!

Open Space is worth a great deal to our thriving community. Read inspiring stories about what conservation is worth to Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Hill Abel and Laura Agnew, Mayor Rose Cardona, Laurie Loew, and other members of our community, or tell your story here!


Make a Donation

5. Make a Donation

Land conservation projects are expensive, and we may not have a huge budget, but we’re efficient and we’re effective. Please consider a tax-deductible gift today to help Hill Country Conservancy protect open space and the Edwards Aquifer!


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Violet Crown Trail Virtual Open House

Violet Crown Trail Virtual Open House

HCC and the City of Austin Urban Trails Program would like your feedback on the proposed alignment of a portion of the Violet Crown Trail through the Sunset Valley/Eastern Oak Hill Area. The Virtual Open House is currently open and will accept feedback until Sunday, August 25th at midnight. After analysis of the results, staff will present their recommendation to surrounding stakeholders in October.

Celebrating Success & Looking Ahead

Celebrating Success & Looking Ahead

The recent closing of Ruby Ranch was a huge conservation success, but it’s good to reflect on why these accomplishments are important and how we plan to build on our success. We must be diligent about selecting the best projects, as guided by our strategic conservation plan – click here to find out how Ruby Ranch is a perfect example of our plan in action.

Hooray for the Farm Bill!

Hooray for the Farm Bill!

You have likely been hearing stories in the media and elsewhere in recent months about the $956 billion dollar 2014 Farm Bill which was signed into law on February 7th. Given the scope and cost of this legislation, it’s easy to find things you love about it, and also things you don’t love so much. Click here for a brief overview of the excellent programs in the Farm Bill and how these programs further the efforts of Hill Country Conservancy, those of other land trusts and most importantly, our landowner partners.

Visit the HCC Store

Visit the HCC Store

HCC merchandise makes the perfect gift! You can support a great cause and find neat gear like the super soft HCC t-shirt, the durable HCC lunch tote, the HCC Here Forever Poster, and much more!

Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes

Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes

Join us on one of our Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes at Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. The next hike is Saturday, June 15th!

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

…and make a difference in the Texas Hill Country– forever!

HCC Video Now Streaming on Youtube!

HCC Video Now Streaming on Youtube!

Check out our short video on youtube that depicts the why, who and how of what we do here at Hill Country Conservancy!

Woman Landowners

Woman Landowners

Farmland ownership and management has long been dominated by men. But there’s a trend toward more women taking an active role, either by choice, or because of inheritance. Click here to read a recent NPR story about women ‘taking over the farm.’

Give the Gift of Conservation!

Give the Gift of Conservation!

Help us keep the Hill Country country by giving the gift of conservation this season! You can make a donation in someone’s name, purchase HCC or EPIC memberships as gifts, make a memorial donation, or check out the new items in our store!

HCC strikes a deal with Taylor-Morrison Homes

HCC strikes a deal with Taylor-Morrison...

HCC has inked a deal with Taylor-Morrison Homes that will provide up to $100,000 in revenue! Homebuyers in the new Reunion Ranch community near Dripping Springs will contribute $100 to HCC at closing, and Taylor-Morrison will contribute an equal amount.

Nalle Bunny Run Classroom

Nalle Bunny Run Classroom

On February 2 the scouts of Troop 5 led by Eagle Scout Candidate, David Fawcett, constructed six stone benches for HCC at the Nalle Bunny Run Hill Country Preserve. These benches will be used by visitors of the Conservancy to meet and learn about the preserve and wildlife in area for years to come.

Preserve land, because God ain’t making any more of it!

Preserve land, because God ain’t...

by Frank Davis, HCC Director of Land Conservation
Read a personal letter from Frank about his reflections on a recent visit to 700 Springs Ranch and insight into a new way to think about our state water needs.

George Cofer – Enviro of the Year!

George Cofer – Enviro of the Year!

Our fearless leader won BEST ENVIRONMENTALIST in the Austin Chronicle Poll! Check it out here, or click here to read the amazing in-depth article by Michael Barnes about our very own Executive Director!

Violet Crown Trail Update

Violet Crown Trail Update

Hill Country Conservancy plans to officially break ground this fall on segments of the trail connecting Zilker Park to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Veloway!

Strategic Conservation Planning

Strategic Conservation Planning

Learn how HCC is looking ahead to strategically consider how to better leverage limited funds and make an ever greater impact in future years!

Happy Hour introducing the Violet Crown Trail

Happy Hour introducing the Violet Crown...

HCC and HT Staffing invite you to join us on October 23rd at the Rattle Inn for drinks, good company, and an introduction to the Violet Crown Trail and important conservation initiatives in Central Texas!

HCC to be PICC recipient!

HCC to be PICC recipient!

The Office of Sustainability has partnered with local event organizers – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Circuit of The Americas LLC, and ACL Live at the Moody Theater – to create the Positive Impact on Climate and Community (PICC) program. Funds raised voluntarily through the Austin City Limits Music Festival will benefit the PICC program, with 50% of the dollars raised supporting Hill Country Conservancy’s Violet Crown Trail Project!

Live Oak Pendant at By George

Live Oak Pendant at By George

Have you heard about the beautiful piece by Cherish Austin that benefits Hill Country Conservancy! Sold exclusively at By George, this will make a GREAT holiday gift! Read more about it here.

What is Open Space worth to you?

What is Open Space worth to you?

Tell us what open space and conservation mean to YOU and if we pick your story to highlight on the website, we’ll send you a super special gift!

New Hill Country Native Onesies!

New Hill Country Native Onesies!

Just in! Tiny conservationists love our new “Hill Country Native” onesie! This 100% combed cotton onesie is a great way to show your little one’s Hill Country pride!

We Amplified Austin!

We Amplified Austin!

Thank you for helping Hill Country Conservancy Amplify Austin! We appreciate your support of our work to conserve clean water and open space in the Texas Hill Country!

Fulfilling Our Promise

Fulfilling Our Promise

Many people know that the Hill Country Conservancy protects water, wildlife and working lands in partnership with private landowners, frequently using conservation easements. However, we are frequently asked what happens after a conservation easement is in place. Do we simply walk away, knowing that our job is done and the land will forever remain intact and healthy? Or, is there more that needs to be done to ensure that the land is truly conserved, forever?

HCC is Accredited!

HCC is Accredited!

HCC has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, demonstrating our commitment to permanent land conservation. This means that the iconic Hill Country landscape that we work tirelessly to conserve will be here – forever.

Ruby Ranch – A Conservation Success!

Ruby Ranch – A Conservation...

Our latest conservation easement project is a monumental one! The permanent conservation of the 747-acre Ruby Ranch, a historical property in Hays County, is the final piece of the puzzle that will result in over 10,000 acres of contiguous open space.

Continue to celebrate Earth Day with us!

Continue to celebrate Earth Day with us!

A special thank you to the businesses that donated 5% of their sales on Earth Day and everyone who supported us by visiting these businesses! Continue celebrating Mother Earth with us by joining us on a nature hike, grabbing a tearpad coupon at HEB, or becoming a member!

About Us

About Us Hill Country Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust committed to preserving the natural beauty and open spaces of the Texas Hill Country - forever.

Hill Country Conservancy Sponsors

STRATEGIC PARTNERS
3M Endeavor Real Estate Group
AMD Heritage Title Company
Bosse & Associates, Inc. The Real Estate Council of Austin, Inc.
Bury + Partners The Salt Lick
Datran Media Stratus Properties
EarthShare of Texas H-E-B
CONSERVATION PARTNERS
The City of Austin The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
The City of Sunset Valley The Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Hays County Travis County
LCRA The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
RECENT MEMBERS
Bob Hachtel Michaela Hachtel
John Hart Asher Texas Conservation Connection
Susan Hinton Jason Hawn
Vicki Love Caroline Clarkson Jones
Abbey Cunningham Kyle Johnson
Fred Crawford Donny Shanks
David Royal Jeremy Henson
Michael Horvath Evening Galvin
Kyle Johnson Andy Smith
Susan Lefler Annelies Lottmann
Michele Seghers Julia Clark
John Adams Martha Morgan
Bryce Miller
RECENT EPIC MEMBERS
Dan McCarron Julie Hatcher
Keith Williams Nicole Stallings
Caimee Schoenbaechler Bobio Johnson
Susan Yates Elizabeth Baloutine
Rhyne Simon Christine Polito
Andy Smith Melissa Hajjar
Rob Parsons Cavan Merski
Arturo Castellanos Bronwyn Blake
Matt Lara Kate Francis
Adam Vehik Dave Connell
Deep Nasta Ken Gray
Robyn Ross Gideon Derr
Glenda Flanagan Grant Gottesman
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