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Game Cameras: A tool to monitor diversity

Game cameras are an increasingly useful tool for landowners and managers. I have always enjoyed reviewing photos as landowners excitedly point out the “shooter” bucks visiting their feeders. I even share their concern and frustration when the camera captures a sounder of feral pigs hogging all the feed or rooting up a freshly laid food plot. These scenarios illustrate a …

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Fulfilling Our Promise to Future Generations

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?

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National Trails Day 2017

Hill Country Conservancy is gearing up for National Trails Day on June 3 with four official HCC hosted events to celebrate the Violet Crown Trail! We have a mix of volunteer events and just plain celebratory events so there’s something for everyone! We’ve also included two events hosted by our friends the Texas Climbers Coalition and Hike it Baby that …

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Just Announced: Shakey Graves to headline Hill Country Nights XI

Have you heard? Shakey Graves will headline the Hill Country Nights Concert on Friday, September 15 at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater! Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10AM through the ACL Live box office. VIP Concert Packages – including VIP Suites and Date Night Packages – are available on the …

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Now’s the time to sow your seed

March 10, 2017 Big Bluestem, Indiangrass, and Little Bluestem are three of the four tall grasses of the Great Plains. The fourth, not pictured, is Switchgrass. Big Bluestem, Indiangrass, and Little Bluestem are three of the four tall grasses of the Great Plains. The fourth, not pictured, is Switchgrass. Every landowner has areas of land they are looking to improve. …

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Concerns about New Feral Hog Toxicant

Earlier this year, the EPA registered the warfarin-based Kaput Feral Hog Bait as a general use pesticide. Its label requirements include specific feeder designs to restrict access by non-target wildlife and disposal by burial of exposed carcasses. Last month, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) adopted emergency rules classifying the toxicant as a State-Limited-Use pesticide which would allow for its use by anyone holding or under the supervision of a Pesticide Applicator’s License.

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Appreciating Dark Skies

March 9, 2017 Spring is upon us. I see and hear many of the Hill Country’s heralds of spring; field Sparrows singing, redbud trees blooming, and frogs chorusing. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the gifts of nature. This weekend, I’m planning to enjoy the familiar songs of migratory birds and the fresh foliage during a quick …

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Conservation Easement Preview

HCC is working with numerous landowner partners on projects that will add to the fabric of Hill Country conservation. Working with our landowner partners, we carefully negotiate these projects to protect important conservation values and the public benefits they provide while preserving our landowner’s rights to ranching, farming, and traditional recreational uses. These deals are often complex and getting any …

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Less than $1 Million to Go!

Our VCT Ambassador Douglas W. Manchester & The Manchester Foundation showed their love for the Violet Crown Trail this Valentine’s Day! Big thanks to our VCT Ambassador, Douglas W. Manchester & the Manchester Foundation for making a dollar-for- dollar matching gift up to $100,000 to underwrite HCC’s Earth Week 2017 festivities! Doug’s recent gift brings our $13,125,000 capital campaign to …

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Amplify HCC!

Amplify Austin day is coming up on March 2 and will run from 6 p.m. until 6 p.m. on March 3. Make your gift now or on the day of Amplify Austin to ensure your gift is amplified by a matching gift provided by Samsung! Every gift scheduled for or made on Amplify Austin Day will be DOUBLED up to …