Get to know CEO Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller Hill Country Conservancy’s new Chief Executive Officer After first serving as the Texas Freedom Network’s deputy director from 1996 to 2000, Kathy Miller returned to the organization as president in January 2005. Kathy has also served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and National Domestic Violence Hotline and as public affairs director for Planned …

A message from our CEO

Spending time outside, in nature, is more important now than everFriends, 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 …

Burnet workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

PRESS RELEASE: March 23, 2018 // MEDIA CONTACT: Carolyn Vogel, 512.633.4995 or carolyn@ranchconnection.comBURNET, TEXAS – The Hill Country Conservancy, in partnership with the Hill Country Alliance, is hosting a landowner workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018, at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet, TX 78611. This workshop will focus on conservation …

Net-Zero Hero: George Cofer

Austin is green and we all want to keep it that way! As a community, we’re committed to reaching the target of Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which will ensure a safe, healthy, vibrant Austin for many years to come. Here’s the story of how one person can make a difference.


After 15 years of planning by the Hill Country Conservancy, the first 6 miles of the Violet Crown Trail—which starts along Highway 290 near Brodie Lane and heads north to Zilker Park—opened in August.

Violet Crown design underway

There is no Violet Crown Trail parking lot near the trail’s first phase, which opened in August. Hanna Cofer, director of events and communication with the Hill Country Conservancy, which helped develop the trail, said HCC did not buy land for parking.