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Our latest conservation easement project is a monumental one! The permanent conservation of the 747-acre Ruby Ranch, a historical property in Hays County, is the final piece of the puzzle that will result in over 10,000 acres of contiguous open space.
A special thank you to the businesses that donated 5% of their sales on Earth Day and everyone who supported us by visiting these businesses! Continue celebrating Mother Earth with us by joining us on a nature hike, grabbing a tearpad coupon at HEB, or becoming a member!
Open Space is worth a great deal to our thriving community. Read inspiring stories about what conservation is worth to Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Hill Abel and Laura Agnew, Mayor Rose Cardona, Laurie Loew, and other members of our community, or tell your story here!
Beginning 3/31, the Texas Conservation Corp will begin installing new mile marker and wayfinding sign posts on the main trail of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail / Violet Crown Trail system. The sign design, manufacturing and installation is being coordinated by Hill Country Conservancy as part of the implementation of phase I of the Violet Crown Trail Master Plan.
Earth Day 2015 will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd, and Hill Country Conservancy is joining with other local environmental non-profits to harness the day for giving back to Mother Earth. Together with Texas Land Conservancy, the Austin Parks Foundation, Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund and Shoal Creek Conservancy, HCC is in the process [...]
2015 is here and EPIC has rolled out its calendar of events for the year. EPIC members enjoy exclusive access to all events, including free or discounted tickets, and amazing opportunities to meet passionate, interesting people!
It seems that each year, we lose one of the heroes of Texas land conservation, and 2014 was no exception. In addition to the loss of R.B. Wilson of Flying Horseshoe Ranch, we were saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Mrs. Gay Ruby Dahlstrom.
HCC has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, demonstrating our commitment to permanent land conservation. This means that the iconic Hill Country landscape that we work tirelessly to conserve will be here – forever.
The recent closing of Ruby Ranch was a huge conservation success, but it’s good to reflect on why these accomplishments are important and how we plan to build on our success. We must be diligent about selecting the best projects, as guided by our strategic conservation plan – click here to find out how Ruby Ranch is a perfect example of our plan in action.
HCC merchandise makes the perfect gift! You can support a great cause and find neat gear like the super soft HCC t-shirt, our adorable “Hill Country Native” onesies, and much more.
Join us on one of our Monthly Birding and Nature Hikes at Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. The next hike is Saturday, June 15th!
Check out our short video on youtube that depicts the why, who and how of what we do here at Hill Country Conservancy!
Farmland ownership and management has long been dominated by men. But there’s a trend toward more women taking an active role, either by choice, or because of inheritance. Click here to read a recent NPR story about women ‘taking over the farm.’
HCC has inked a deal with Taylor-Morrison Homes that will provide up to $100,000 in revenue! Homebuyers in the new Reunion Ranch community near Dripping Springs will contribute $100 to HCC at closing, and Taylor-Morrison will contribute an equal amount.
On February 2 the scouts of Troop 5 led by Eagle Scout Candidate, David Fawcett, constructed six stone benches for HCC at the Nalle Bunny Run Hill Country Preserve. These benches will be used by visitors of the Conservancy to meet and learn about the preserve and wildlife in area for years to come.
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.
Learn how HCC is looking ahead to strategically consider how to better leverage limited funds and make an ever greater impact in future years!
Tell us what open space and conservation mean to YOU and if we pick your story to highlight on the website, we’ll send you a super special gift!
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 [...]
Just in! Tiny conservationists love our new “Hill Country Native” onesie! This 100% combed cotton onesie is a great way to show your little one’s Hill Country pride!
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?
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.
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