• Violet Crown Trail's EPIC Journey
  • Our Newest Project - Triple C Ranch!
  • "Give 5% to Mother Earth" a Huge Success for the 3rd Year in a Row!
  • HCC Taco Tuesday - June 12th
  • National Trails Day 2012
  • Austin's Growth Accelerates: Challenges Include Water, Transportation, and Social Equity
  • HCC Website


    The Violet Crown Trail (if you haven't heard) is a planned 30-mile regional trail system that is proposed by the Hill Country Conservancy and its partners.

    After completing a trail master plan, we are moving into the design and engineering phase of the project for a 13 mile section of the trail from Zilker Park to the Veloway. The final 17 miles of the proposed trail on the City of Austin's Water Quality Lands will follow this process in the near future.

    Click on the map of the trail to view a larger version of the proposed route.

    For more information, take a look at Hill Country Conservancy's website, and check out Pam LeBlanc's recent article in the Austin American Statesman.



    HCC, together with NRCS and the Shannon and Hudson families, is currently working to permanently conserve the Triple C Ranch, formerly known as the historic Newberry Ranch. Triple C Ranch is one of the last large parcels of land remaining intact in the Driftwood area in Hays County.

    The completion of this project will preserve 1,242 acres of oak-juniper grassland savanna, wooded canyons, and riparian habitat, as well as 3.6 miles of Flat Creek and its tributaries which drain into Onion Creek.

    The conservation easement will be acquired in two phases. Phase I includes 414 acres and is scheduled to close before September 30, 2012. NRCS will contribute $1,500,000 in grant funds through the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). Phase II will include an additional 828 acres, is scheduled to close before September 30, 2013. NRCS has obligated an additional $3,000,000 in FRPP grant funding for the Phase II conservation easement. The Phase II conservation easement will require approximately $1,500,000 in additional matching funds.

    HCC must raise $750,000, from donations and additional grants, to match the FRPP grant before the Phase I closing date of September 30, 2012 for this property to be conserved forever!

    Hays County is the eleventh fastest-growing county in the United States and the third fastest-growing county in the state of Texas, and Triple C Ranch is located directly in the path of this future development. By making a donation to this project, you will be an important catalyst in the permanent conservation of 1,242 acres of agricultural open space, scenic views, creeks and streams, and native wildlife habitat.

    If you're interested in seeing this beautiful property, join us on Saturday, July 14th for our next Movie under the Stars! Pack a picnic and a blanket and join us for a sunset showing of Blazing Saddles! More information and register here!

    Click here to learn more about this project and how YOU can make a difference!


    Proposed Changes to the Watershed Protection Ordinance

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Cisco's Restaurant
    1511 East 6th Street
    Austin, Texas 78702

    Registration and breakfast 7:30 to 8 a.m.
    Presentation 8 to 9 a.m.

    Please join Hill Country Conservancy for the FIRST Taco Tuesday breakfast and presentation with Matt Hollon, Environmental Planner with the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department.

    Matt is leading the effort to revise the City of Austin Watershed Protection Ordinance to improve creek and floodplain protection; prevent unsustainable public expense on drainage systems; simplify development regulations where possible; and minimize the impact on the ability to develop land. The goal is to present a draft ordinance to the City Council by the end of 2012. Matt will give an overview of the effort and teach how you can participate in the stakeholder process.

    Click here to learn more and register!

    A huge success for the third year in a row!

    The results are almost in! The 2012 “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign has raised nearly $70,000!

    In our third year, the campaign over doubled in profits yet again! With over 120 business locations and nine sponsors participating, we had our best year yet.

    And of course, we are delighted that our title sponsor, Whole Foods Market, had their BIGGEST COMMUNITY GIVING DAY IN AUSTIN yet, raising over $19,000!

    Another great addition to the campaign this year was a marvelous film duo who graciously asked if they could make a short video highlighting the campaign. Casey Friesenhahn, and his partner Zeaf Lloyd spent time interviewing our own Harper Scott, as well as a few business owners and beneficiaries, and put together this short synopsis of “Give 5% to Mother Earth.” Check out their great work and feel free to help us spread the word about the campaign!

    We are already gearing up for next year as well! If you would like to join as a participating business, fill out a confirmation form! For more information on the campaign, sponsorships, or participation, please email Harper Scott.

    And thanks again to everyone who participated!


    A special thank you to the over 350 volunteers who worked on 10 trails across Austin including the Violet Crown Trail, The Barton Creek Greenbelt, and many others! A special thank you to our sponsors REI, The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, HEB, and Honest Tea for hosting the Volunteer Appreciation Party after the workday and to the City of Austin for Proclaiming June 2, 2012 - Free Swim Day at Barton Springs Pool to celebrate Barton Springs and National Trails Day.

    Check out the pictures on Facebook

    Watch Cheyenne Johnson on Fox 7!


    Austin continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and its growth has actually been accelerating, according to City of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson.  A recent article in Community Impact Newspaper reports that the Austin metropolitan area added 700,000 new residents from April 2010 to July 2011, and much of the growth is happening in areas outside the city in Hays and Williamson Counties. 

    This future development will further increase the need for smart growth and land conservation to offset impacts to water, wildlife and scenic views. 

    To read the full interview with Ryan Robinson, click here.


    Hill Country Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust committed to preserving the natural open spaces of the Texas Hill Country forever. We are members of the business, real estate and environmental communities working together to protect our land and our economy.

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