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Give 5% to Mother Earth on April 22nd!

1. Give 5% to Mother Earth on April 22nd!

Over 150 local businesses will be donating 5% of their gross sales back to 7 local environmental non-profits including HCC! Support the non-profits who keep Austin green, clean and healthy by visiting these businesses on Earth Day, April 22nd!


Be the Hill Country!

2. 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

3. 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!


Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes

4. 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!


Visit the HCC Store

5. 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!


Violet Crown Trail advertisement

H-E-B Tear Pads Support HCC!

H-E-B Tear Pads Support HCC!

This month, the tear-pad campaign at registers at your local H-E-B will benefit EarthShare and it’s non-profits, including HCC!

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.

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?

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!

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!

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!

Accreditation: Call for Public Comment

Accreditation: Call for Public Comment

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!

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!

Give 5% to Mother Earth on April 22nd!

Give 5% to Mother Earth on April 22nd!

Over 150 local businesses will be donating 5% of their gross sales back to 7 local environmental non-profits including HCC! Support the non-profits who keep Austin green, clean and healthy by visiting these businesses on Earth Day, April 22nd!

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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