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The Art of Purposeless Purpose

From the comfort of my dining room table in this discomfiting time, I took a few minutes away from my computer screen and our new home office reality to consider the eloquent musings in the article “For the full life experience, put down all devices and walk” by John Kaag and Susan Froderberg. What a pleasure it was to read. …

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Virtual Walk-and-Talk

Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune with nature to ensure the health and well-being of our community now …

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These Unprecedented Times

In these unprecedented times, it can be especially hard to peel away from the 24-hour news cycle to focus on your health and well-being.  But, right now it is more important than ever to practice a bit of self-care to reduce your stress or anxiety and to stay healthy. The current Stay-at-Home Order does not exclude us from enjoying the outdoors, …

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A message from our CEO

Spending time outside, in nature, is more important now than ever Friends, Your health and well-being have always been in the core of our mission’s work at Hill Country Conservancy. Our efforts to preserve open spaces across the Hill Country and provide access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail result in clean water, fresh air, and places to commune …

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Giving Tuesday

Thank you so much to the 100 people who donated to our campaign this #GivingTuesday! Between 100 general donations and Violet Crown Trail memberships – as well as a $15,000 challenge match from DPR Construction – we were able to raise $54,195.

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A Heartfelt Thanks and a Fond Farewell

AUSTIN, TEXAS – November 21, 2019 — ​Hill Country Conservancy​ (HCC) today announced that Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Cofer will retire from the organization in April 2020. A lifelong conservationist and sixth-generation Austinite, Cofer’s tenure with HCC includes founding the nonprofit in 1999 and leading its dramatic growth and success over the past 20 years. With the goal …

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HCC Gives Thanks for You!

This Thanksgiving season, Hill Country Conservancy gives thanks for your generous commitment to our community. Whether through volunteer time, contributions, or both, your investments helped to both open and maintain sections of the Violet Crown Trail, expanding our access to nature for our entire community. You contributed to safeguarding our precious drinking water for the next generation, and helped to …

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In the Green

Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) was born of an unlikely but necessary marriage between conservation and growth. In the mid-1990’s the Texas Hill Country, which includes the City of Austin, began exploding in population and new development without many protections for our natural resources. At the time, people argued that land conservation would inhibit economic growth by restricting building opportunities. HCC, …

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The Ribbon Run

You made history on National Trails Day! Through your continued support, the newest portion of The Violet Crown Trail (VCT) opened at Slaughter Lane, completing yet another section of what is on track to become the longest trail of its kind in Central Texas. Now you, your family, and your furry friends have a beautiful new ADA-compliant trail to enjoy—forever. …

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After the Flood

In the past month, extensive flooding forced the closure of many of our favorite outdoor recreational areas for extended amounts of time, including several sections of the Violet Crown Trail. As the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) is your trail, we at HCC want you to feel secure in the steps we take to protect your safety and the integrity of …