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The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi-county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of protecting open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.

Austin Youth River Watch – Multi-year, after-school and summer program for high school students, combining peer mentoring with intensive environmental education.

Bandera County River Authority & Groundwater District – Protecting and preserving the Country’s water and natural resources for the citizens of Bandera County.

Bamberger Ranch – A 5,500 acre ranch that has been described as the largest habitat restoration project on private land in Texas.

Bandera Canyonlands Alliance – Neighbors working together to share resources, knowledge and experiences for the benefit of land, water, native plants and animals and rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands.

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District – Created in 1987 by the 70th Legislature with a directive to conserve, protect and enhance the groundwater resources of the Barton Springs segment of the aquifer.

Bat Conservation International – BCI’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

Blanco Verde – Fostering the sustainability of the Blanco River Watershed and its natural systems.

Boerne Together – A city and county citizens group interested in supporting responsible growth policies that will keep Boerne and Kendall County a unique, beautiful and pleasant place to live and work.

Braun and Gresham – Since 1998, Braun & Gresham has been dedicated to finding the right solutions for legal challenges faced by landowners, as well as uncover advantageous opportunities for clients who want to protect and add value to their land.

Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce – The mission of the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is to preserve the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Texas Hill Country by encouraging responsible commerce and carefully managed growth, by promoting opportunities for all citizens and by leaving a proud legacy for future generations.

Cibolo Nature Center – Open to the public since Earth Day 1990, the Cibolo Nature Center provides education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities for more than 100,000 visitors a year, while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife.

Cibolo Conservancy – Group of land owners whose mission is the preservation and conservation of the cultural and natural resources of the Cibolo Creek Watershed and surrounding areas in the Texas Hill Country.

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) – Promotes sensible growth in the Wimberley Valley and western Hays County, an area known for its abundant natural beauty and rural Hill Country character.

Clear View Alliance – Neighbors working for responsible transmission line planning.

Committee on the Environment (COTE) – A committee organized through A.I.A. San Antonio Chapter, striving to advance, involve, and educate the building community and the public on best design practices and their effects on the environment.

Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) – A volunteer organization working to preserve land, water, and wildlife in ​Comal County.

Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District – Conserving, preserving, recharging, protecting and preventing waste of groundwater from the aquifers within Kendall County. – A non-profit corporation whose purpose is to inform the public of issues on the Lower Colorado River, raise public awareness and effect change and protection of our water through an enormous groundswell of public opinion.

Fix 290 – The Fix290 Coalition is a grass-roots community alliance dedicated to saving Oak Hill from the TxDOT Tollway Plan for the US 290/ SH 71 highway interchange.

Fredericksburg SHINES – The mission of Fredericksburg SHINES is to help Fredericksburg and the surrounding area lead the state in sustainable practices.

Friends of Enchanted Rock – Working in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife to maintain and protect the natural beauty of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for future generations to enjoy.

Friendship Alliance – Neighbors in Northern Hays County and Texas Hill Country working to ensure water quality, protect aquifers, open spaces, rural character…and children’s access to public education.

Gardening Volunteers of South Texas – Striving to participate in the research and development of horticulture and agricultural products, promote environmental awareness and water conservation, and serve as an educational resource for the community.

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance – A non-profit organization that promotes effective broad-based advocacy for protection and preservation of the Edwards Aquifer, its springs, watersheds, and the Texas Hill Country that sustains it.

Green Building Energy Services – Improving people’s lives through environmentally responsible and energy efficient solutions.

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas – A non-profit dedicated to keeping South Texas green by preserving large parcels of land, fostering community gardens and educating the public.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBRT) – Working to preserve the unique natural heritage of the Guadalupe watershed for future generations, by protecting open landscapes, working farms and ranches, and wildlife habitat through conservation easements, education, and outreach that connects people to the water and the land.

Helotes Creek Nature Center – Working for the preservation of the Helotes Creek area and other riparian areas.

Hill Country Conservancy – Working to ensure a healthy environment and economy in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer region by preserving natural areas, scenic vistas, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches and the rural heritage of the Texas Hill Country for generations to come.

Hill Country Land Trust – Non-profit organized by resident landowners concerned that increasingly intense development pressures throughout the Texas Hill Country area threaten to destroy its very nature.

Hill Country Planning Association – A group of local citizens whose mission is the preservation and protection of our heritage, communities, land, water, and the general environment through education and participation in the governmental process.

Hill Country Portal – A Powerful Information Database & Gateway Service for the Texas Hill Country

Holistic Resource Management of Texas – All about improving the health and productivity of the land by working with nature to help land managers create sustainable enterprises that keep them on healthy land for the good of the whole.

Jacob’s Well – A perpetual artesian spring, pumping thousands of gallons of fresh water per minute to form Cypress Creek. Considered a sacred place by native Americans and the heart of Wimberley by early settlers, today Jacob’s Well supports a habitat rich in wildlife and plant life, including several endangered species.

Johnson City Chamber of Commerce – Enhancing, advancing and promoting the well-being of commerce, industry, agriculture, ranching, education, and artistic and civic interest, resulting in a continually improving quality of life in Johnson City.

Keep Bandera Beautiful

Keep Utopia Beautiful – Mission: to be a catalyst for reducing the human footprint on our natural world by being a self-sustaining, state of the art, forward thinking model of stewardship. Utopia Recycles is an awarding winning program committed to serving the Sabinal Canyon area.

Kendall County Partnership for Parks – Helping to purchase, preserve, and develop county parklands along our Texas Hill Country rivers and waterways.

Land Heritage Institute – Land Heritage Institute interprets, maintains and develops 1200 acres of open space on the Medina River preserving archeological, cultural, educational, environmental, historical and recreational resources.

League of Women Voters – A nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Llano River Field Station, Texas Tech University – LRFS’s mission is to encourage, conduct, and coordinate basic and applied research projects dealing with water/watersheds, exotic species, range management, natural resources, ecological restoration, environmental education and related activities on the Texas Tech University field station at Junction.

Medina River Protection Fund – Fund to provide ongoing support for the annual Medina River Cleanup.

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – Conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Native American Seed – Committed to preventing the spread of invasive species by providing native wildflowers and grasses, education and consulting.

Native Plant Society of Texas – Promoting research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

Native Prairies Association of Texas – A non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas.

Office of Sustainability, City of San Antonio – Develops and implements municipal environmental programs and policies to improve environmental quality and reduce energy consumption.

Our Desired Future – Telling the story of water in Texas–where it comes from, why it’s disappearing and what we can do to keep water flowing.

Plateau Land and Wildlife Management: Plateau Land & Wildlife Management has been helping protect and enhance rural land, and keep property taxes low, since 1997 by assisting landowners with open-space valuations including agricultural, timber, and wildlife management appraisals as well as hands-on education and advice on land stewardship.

Pioneers Youth Leadership – Pioneers Youth Leadership helps rural Texas stay strong by developing today’s student leaders and tomorrow’s community leaders.

Protect Lake Travis Association – The purpose of the PLTA is to protect Lake Travis and its watershed from any events and conditions that could affect the health and safety of area residents, recreational users of the lake, and wildlife, and to protect the aesthetic natural beauty and recreational quality of the area.

Public Citizen, Texas Office – Promoting cleaner energy, cleaner government, cleaner cars, cleaner air, and safe products, for all Texans.

Riverside Nature Center – Developing public awareness and stewardship of the Texas Hill Country’s natural resources through education, information and by example.

San Geronimo Valley Alliance – Serving the San Geronimo Valley NW of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country with a misson to preserve and protect the rural quality of life and natural resources in northwestern Bexar and northeastern Medina counties, including San Geronimo Creek and Valley and the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers of Texas.

San Marcos River Foundation – Founded in 1985 to preserve public access to the San Marcos River and protect the flow, natural beauty and purity of the river, its watershed and estuaries for future generations.

Save Barton Creek Association – Protects and conserves the flora, fauna and water quality of Barton Creek and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer, a sole-source drinking water aquifer, through research, public education and land conservation.

Save our Scenic Hill Country Environment – Organized by a group of landowners, business people and other concerned citizens in Gillespie County who are committed to sensible development in our beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Save Our Springs Alliance – Protecting the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs

Scenic Texas – Dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public.

Schreiner University – Schreiner University, a liberal arts institution committed to educating students holistically.

Sierra Club – The oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States, working to protect communities, wild places and the planet itself (local chapter).

South Llano Watershed Alliance – Organization of landowners and interested stakeholders whose mission statement is to preserve and enhance the South Llano River and adjoining watersheds by encouraging land and water stewardship through collaboration, education, and community participation.

South Texas Area Farm and Ranch Club – The purpose of the South Texas Area Farm and Ranch Club (STAFARC) is to provide a forum to discuss issues affecting agriculture and the Agrifood industry.

Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition (SEED Coalition) – An alliance of individuals, businesses, and organizations advocating sustainable energy strategies for Texas, including the use of renewables and conservation.

Texas Agricultural Land Trust TALT) – Created by landowners for landowners, TALT’s mission is to protect private working lands, thus conserving Texas’ heritage of wide open spaces.

Texas Conservation Connection (TCC) – TCC connects Texans and their heritage through conservation real estate, finance and education.

Texas Dance Hall Preservation – Committed to saving historic Texas dance halls and the authentic music and culture that is still found in them.

Texas Drought Project – Bringing together experts in farming, ranching, hydrology, civil engineering, climatology, and environmental science to present forums in key regions most affected by drought.

Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association – Working toward development and improvements of equestrian trails on public lands and parks while providing education and public awareness on the positive impacts of equestrian activities.

Texas Land Conservancy – Working to conserve natural areas in Texas and to protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat, native plant communities, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations.

Texas Land Trust Council – Promoting and sustaining the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts. To date, land trusts have helped conserve more than 1.3 million acres in Texas.

Texas Master Naturalist – An organization sponsored jointly by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension Service offering in-depth, research-based, scientific training in wildlife and natural resource management.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Managing and conserving the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Texas Public Radio – The mission of Texas Public Radio is to engage in the production and distribution of non-commercial informational, educational, cultural and entertainment content for the people of Texas.

Texas Rainwater Catchment Association – Provides resources and information on rainwater collection in Texas, promotes the advancement of rainwater conservation, and works with Texas state, county and other local governmental units in promoting rainwater catchment.

Texas Riparian Association – TRA’s mission is to improve and enhance the health of water quality and quantity in Texas’s streams, by encouraging sustainable and balanced riparian ecosystems for the people and the environment of Texas through the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and the dissemination of information.

Texas Water Foundation – Non-profit organization with the goal of generating a heightened public awareness among all Texans regarding the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment – Working to develop and promote programs and techniques for ensuring sustainable water resources for human needs, ecosystem health and economic development.

The Nature Conservancy – The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Trust for Public Land – Conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Tree Folks – A non-profit organization dedicated to growing the urban forest of Central Texas through tree planting, education and community partnerships. Since its inception in 1989, Tree Folks has planted tens of thousands of trees in Austin and Central Texas.

UBarU Camp and Retreat Center– UBarU, located on 142 rugged acres in the storied Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas, is a Unitarian Universalist Camp and Retreat Center and designated as an International Dark Sky Association Dark Sky Park. UBarU is committed to goals of sustainability with respect to water conservation, renewable energy, caring for wildlife and protecting the night skies.

Warbler Woods Bird Santuary – Private property managed as a bird and wildlife refuge and preserve.

Westcave Preserve – A 30-acre nature preserve and award winning education center in the Texas Hill Country providing a variety of programs for children and adults with the goal of inspiring greater environmental conservation and awareness.

Westside Creeks Restoration Project – A community-based planning effort whose mission is to develop concepts for restoring the environmental condition of the Alazán, Apache, Martínez, and San Pedro Creeks; maintain the current flood control components of these creeks and provide increased opportunities for people to enjoy these urban creeks.

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation – Rescues, rehabilitates, and releases orphaned, injured, and displaced wildlife and provides sanctuary with dignity for non-releasable animals, both native and non-native.

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association – Dedicated to protecting the water quality and quantity of the Wimberley region by promoting sustainable watershed management through community education, conservation, and land protection.