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Inspiring Oaks Ranch

Inspiring Oaks Ranch is rich with karst features, sinks, and caves, which allow the 4.8 miles of creeks and streams found on the land to recharge into another important aquifer, the Middle Trinity Aquifer. Water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer bubbles back to the surface in two significant springs – Pleasant Valley Spring and the famous swimming hole, Jacob’s Well. …

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HCC Welcomes Scott Parker to the Team

Hill Country Conservancy is pleased to welcome Scott Parker as HCC’s Director of Land Conservation. His incredible talent, extensive experience, and life-long dedication to conservation will be valuable contributions towards HCC’s efforts to keep the Hill Country— here forever. Scott’s long and impressive career in conservation began in 1987 at The Trust for Public Land (TPL) in California. There, he …

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Living in Flash Flood Alley

This past month the City of Austin was placed under a boil water notice for the first time in its history. Flood waters of tremendous proportions from the Llano River barreled through the Highland Lakes’ system of dams before making their way, eventually, into Lakes Travis and Buchanan– the region’s water supply reservoirs. Copious amounts of silt and debris from …

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Fire Wise

This wildfire season, the Texas A&M Forest Service has responded to 780 fires throughout 359,077 acres. Four of those fires took place in the last week of July and all were located in Central Texas. This has been a rough fire year so far, and researchers say that it may get worse. The Texas Drought Monitor reports that Central Texas …

Travis County now shielding more than 1,500 acres of wild Hill Country

By Taylor Goldenstein – American-Statesman Staff Updated: 11:29 a.m. Sunday, August 05, 2018 | Posted: 3:07 p.m. Saturday, August 04, 2018 It’s often much faster and less expensive than buying land outright, county leaders say. Travis County this week closed on a deal to conserve its third ranch near the Hamilton Pool Preserve, including Murphy’s, bringing the total protected this …

Conservation network reaches out to private landowners

The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network announced on Tuesday its receipt of a $5.15 million pledge from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, part of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Formed in 2017, the network aims to promote and encourage conservation and sustainable growth in the Texas Hill Country, especially important as climate change promises increasing droughts and floods in …

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Deer Park Trailhead officially opened on National Trails Day

Because of you – our supporters, partner organizations, volunteers, and the Deer Park Neighborhood Association – the Deer Park Trailhead of the Violet Crown Trail (VCT) is now open! Meanwhile our National Trails Day volunteers braved the heat to plant a new butterfly garden and remove invasive species along the route. Hanna Holt made the world a more colorful place …

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National Trails Day Celebration at the Violet Crown Trail

Join HCC and our partners on National Trails Day to celebrate the opening of the newest section of the VCT. Trails make our communities more liveable by providing an opportunity for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health. Trails preserve and restore open space and improve the economy through tourism and civic improvement.

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Burnet workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

BURNET, 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 easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment …