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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!
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
Join us on one of our Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes at Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. The next hike is Saturday, June 15th!
…and make a difference in the Texas Hill Country– forever!
Check out our short video on youtube that depicts the why, who and how of what we do here at Hill Country Conservancy!
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.’
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn how HCC is looking ahead to strategically consider how to better leverage limited funds and make an ever greater impact in future years!
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. HCC is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open – please click here for information about how to participate!
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!
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!
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.
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!
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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