Exclusive: Travis County reaches $90M deal for 1,500 acre wilderness park near Spicewood

The $90 million purchase, the largest amount for a buy in Travis County Parks’ history, was made possible by voters’ approval last November of a $276 million bond for parks and land acquisition, as well as the decision by Scott’s mother, Nadya Scott, to donate roughly...

New trail in San Marcos will connect natural areas on aquifer recharge zone

Hikers will be able to walk — by next March at the latest — from one pristine natural area to another on a new trail planned near San Marcos. The “Limestone Link” trail will run between River Recharge Natural Area and Ringtail Ridge Natural Area on the west side of...

Species identified around Natural Bridge Caverns suggest Hill Country protections needed

The first results of a biodiversity study at the Wuest Ranch — home to Natural Bridge Caverns — are in, and environmental experts say they highlight the need for Hill Country habitat protections. The yearlong effort by the Wuest family and Blackland Environmental...

128 acres of Hill Country habitat and history protected forever

In 2005, Dr. Errol and Susan Candy purchased a 128-acre property nestled in western Gillespie County. Initially viewed as a strategic investment opportunity, this venture blossomed into a profound commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship. Revered as...

In protecting darkness, conservation finds new light

For land trusts that want to protect dark skies, the good news is this: They already do plenty to combat light pollution. By protecting undeveloped land with little human habitation, they inherently preserve darkness, at no added cost. And, when compared to problems...