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Wild And Scenic Film Festival Screenings Planned For Mason, San Marcos And Fredericksburg

Wild and Scenic Film Festival screenings planned for Mason, San Marcos and Fredericksburg

Bee Cave – The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the nation’s premier environmental film festival, is coming to the Texas Hill Country this fall with three screening events the whole family will enjoy. The theme of the festivals will be “Celebrating Hill Country Rivers,” and the featured films will celebrate individuals and communities coming together and taking action for the protection and restoration of our natural resources. October 19th at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets…

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Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival To Fly Into The Pearl

Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival to Fly into the Pearl

As the United States’ first official “Monarch Champion City” – a unique designation by the National Wildlife Federation for cities that adopt all of the federation’s 24 recommendations for Monarch conservation – San Antonio will host a fun and educational celebration in honor of the winged insects that travel through the city on their multi-generation migration from Mexico to Canada and back again. The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, which will take place from Oct. 20-22 at the Pearl and the Instituto Cultural de México, will highlight…

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Edwards Aquifer Authority Has Come A Long Way

Edwards Aquifer Authority has come a long way

The story of water and Texas starts here. San Antonio sits atop the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most abundant artesian aquifers in the world. It supplies water to more than 2 million people and thousands of farmers in the region. Spread underneath the land of South Central Texas, the Edwards charges the seven largest springs in the state and several major rivers, and is responsible for most of the state’s water fun. It is a miracle of our natural…

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The Hill Country Land Trust Video: Managing Cedar

The Hill Country Land Trust video: Managing Cedar

The Hill Country Land Trust has released their second video in a series of videos on land management topics. This video takes a look at how best to utilize and control Ashe Juniper (Cedar trees). Many landowners are concerned about juniper's ability to overwhelm their property, but instead of clear-cutting and total elimination, viewers are invited to consider a different approach to managing this plant. Learn More: Download a pdf of more detailed guidelines - Managing Ash Juniper.pdf View a…

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Feeling The Burn In Big Bend

Feeling the Burn in Big Bend

"It’s a place of delicate balance between fiercely competing plants, many living at the edge of their geographic ranges and tolerances for temperature and aridity. It’s an ecosystem on a knife edge, dependent on regular rains and steady temperatures. So in 2011, when drought devastated vast regions of Texas, the results in the Chisos were, even by that year’s standard, particularly dire." Asher Elbein discusses the long-term effects of the 2011 drought on Big Bend's unique sky islands in this…

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Off-limits Boerne Preserve Is An Oasis In The Texas Hill Country

Off-limits Boerne preserve is an oasis in the Texas Hill Country

As more and more people move to the Texas Hill Country, native plants and animals will need special sanctuaries to call their own. The board members who run one such wildlife haven, the private 644-acre Cibolo Preserve in Boerne, offered an exclusive look inside the sanctuary last week. The tour followed the passing of San Antonio entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Lende, who died earlier this month at 78. Inside are native prairies, ancient oaks and cypress trees and a high-quality…

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Junction’s Water Issues

Junction’s water issues

The Hill Country Alliance hopes to be part of the solution for how our rural communities can solve complicated problems like the one that occurred in Junction last month. On August 26th, the City of Junction Water System issued a Boil Water Notice to all of its customers because of a failure in the system. On August 28th, the city lost its ability to distribute water to customers at all. Junction was without water, negatively impacting local businesses, schools, health…

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‘Growth Summit’ Highlights Central Texas Economy

‘Growth Summit’ Highlights Central Texas Economy

The Austin-San Antonio Growth Summit convened in San Marcos Friday, showcasing the economic strength of Central Texas. According to labor statistics presented at the summit, cities and counties all along the I-35 corridor have seen job growth well above the national average. Hays County saw 37 percent job growth in the past 10 years, with Austin coming in with 31.1 percent job growth in the same time period. Those are significant figures when compared to the national job growth rate of 4.8 percent for the…

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HCLT Hires First Full Time Executive Director

HCLT hires first full time Executive Director

The Hill Country Land Trust has hired Jennifer Lorenz to be their first full time Executive Director. "I am thrilled to come on to an organization that has been doing great things before I got here; including having 20 fantastic permanent land protection agreements already under its belt. AND as a testament to its hard-working board, was one  of the very first organizations nationally to become Accredited. An absolute attestation of how this volunteer board works." Read more from Jennifer…

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Dripping Springs Plans Effluent Reuse But Wants Discharge Permit

Dripping Springs plans effluent reuse but wants discharge permit

The city of Dripping Springs, facing an array of opponents to its plan to discharge nearly 1 million gallons per day of treated effluent into Onion Creek, has come up with a proposal to reuse the treated wastewater and is asking the opponents to help pay for the plan. If the opponents agree, landowners and governmental entities such as the city of Austin will help Dripping Springs pay for an irrigation system at developments within Dripping Springs and its extraterritorial…

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