The riparian areas, those slices of land alongside creeks and rivers, make up a very small percentage of the total land mass, yet they play a crucial role in the environment and land health. The problem is many landowners with creeks, or even lakes, on or bordering their properties don’t quite know the best way to manage these areas.

“Even though it’s a small percentage of the land, when managed properly, these areas do a lot of good for us,” said Daniel Oppenheimer of the Hill Country Alliance, a group that advocates for good land management and stewardship.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., the alliance along with Plateau Land and Wildlife Management and Llano River Watershed Alliance are hosting the Healthy Creeks and Riparian Areas workshop at the Sunrise Beach Civic Center, 124 Sunrise Drive in Sunrise Beach Village. A reminder on getting to Sunrise Beach Village: The RR 2900 bridge across the Llano River in Kingsland is out, and you’ll need to access the community from Texas 71.

There is a $10 fee for the workshop. Go to to register.

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