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.
Here in the Hill Country, we are extremely fortunate that so many people are passionate about their relationship with the land. In fact, we often take it for granted, but you don’t have to travel far to see that this land ethic doesn’t exist everywhere. The Hill Country is a truly special place that’s reminiscent of an earlier time before civilization, with its clear streams and springs, rolling hills, rock outcrops, majestic live oaks, abundant wildlife, and (at times) lush grasses and wildflowers.
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Learn how HCC is looking ahead to strategically consider how to better leverage limited funds and make an ever greater impact in future years!
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.
A recent example is found in Travis County, Texas, where on November 8 voters approved $82.1 million to buy land for parks and open space. It may come as a surprise to some, but the outcome of the Travis County vote was hardly unusual.
It is a harsh and well-known reality that we are now in the worst drought in a very long time, and there’s no clear indication that it will let up any time soon. Many of us living in urban and suburban areas are subject to the “hydro-illogical cycle”, which starts with awareness as a result of drought, followed by panic, …
To date, through partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Austin, the Houston Endowment and LCRA, the Storm family and Hill Country Conservancy have protected over 3,500 acres of Storm Ranch.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently awarded Hays County a $100,000 Texas Recreational Trails Fund grant for public access trails on the 384-acre Howe pasture at Dahlstrom Ranch.