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State of the Hill Country Report reveals threats to the region.

Booming population growth and sprawling development, groundwater depletion, changing climate patterns, extreme droughts and floods, and a unique set of policy challenges threaten the natural resources that define the Hill County region—resources on which millions of...

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‘State of the Hill Country’ looks at effects of population boom

Population in the Texas Hill Country is expected to double within the next 30-35 years with most of the newcomers settling into unincorporated areas, according to to a recent report by the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network. The report looks at eight key metrics...

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Conservation organization releases report on health of local environment

A recently released report from the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network examined the current state of conservation and growth in the Hill Country. What it revealed was a region at a crossroads, facing threats to its future. Read more from Madi Teleschow at...

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Conservation and growth are focus of ‘State of the Hill Country’.

The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network is made of dozens of non-profits, government agencies, academic institutions and aligned private businesses from across the 18-counties in the region. The Network wants to continue to see growth, but also protect the areas...

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Spring Water Revival: Splash into learning, spring into action

A month of education, outreach, and action for Hill Country water. Spring in the Hill Country is a time of blooming wildflowers, flowing creeks, and (hopefully) the arrival of long-awaited rains. This spring, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is proud to announce the...

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Unsafe Yield Severe drought, dead wells, political division push Arizona steadily closer to water supply peril.

When it comes to water in a county where groundwater is the sole source for irrigation and drinking, and where demand is racing ahead of supply, the boundaries of politics and ideology can change. Clear proof has emerged in recent years of the serious consequences of...

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Hill Country Alliance 16th annual photo contest: Snapshot of the Hill Country

Snapshot of the Hill Country – Our region is changing. Share your view! The Texas Hill Country is changing. The scenic beauty and abundant natural resources that have brought folks to Central Texas for thousands of years are at risk of being loved to death. As a...

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State of the Hill Country: Growth in unincorporated areas of Kendall County

Editorial by Ben Eldredge, Cibolo Center for Conservation As the new State of the Hill Country Report illustrates, the Hill Country population has increased by 50% since 1990, with most of this growth occurring along the I-35 corridor. The fastest growing counties are...

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Federal recognition to advance conservation and military readiness around Camp Bullis

On the west side of Camp Bullis, at the edge of the Dominion neighborhood, Rustin Tabor pulls his truck to the side of a winding road and walks a few feet into the wooded area that lines it. Farther in, stretched across the dirt, is an entrance to a cave — a karst...

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Population growth challenges Texas’ Hill Country

Booming population growth, coupled with changing climate patterns, unslakable groundwater thirst and political challenges, leave the Texas Hill Country newly vulnerable. What they're saying: "The Hill Country's breathtaking vistas, natural spaces, clear waters,...

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Texas lawmakers must seize historic opportunity to transform the state’s fragile water infrastructure

Governor Abbott and Texas legislators should capitalize on the latest guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and secure over $2 billion in allocated federal funds in order to transform the state’s fragile water infrastructure. “Texas’ water infrastructure...

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Report: Edwards Aquifer Protection Program ‘brightest success story for conservation in Texas’

A first-of-its-kind report on the growth and environmental health of the Texas Hill Country cites the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer Protection Program as a shining example of conservation efforts in Texas, and is urging other Texas cities to follow suit. Produced by the...

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‘Gold rush’ in Hill Country as homebuilding surges; stresses on environment, infrastructure prompt dire warnings

Gone are the days when the Texas Hill Country was just that — rolling hills as the backdrop to a country way of life, a relatively undeveloped and untouched region of the Lone Star State. Gone are the days when dark skies were actually dark, longhorns roamed in...

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Rancher sues ConocoPhillips to protect endangered cat’s habitat

A Texas rancher has sued a national oil and gas company that he accuses of harming the habitat of an endangered species of wildcat on his property in DeWitt County. Mike Hamilton, co-owner of his family’s ranch near Cuero, filed a lawsuit in late January against...

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New Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape Seeks to strengthen military readiness, natural  resource conservation, and agricultural productivity 

San Antonio, Texas – One of the nation’s newest Sentinel Landscape recognitions has been awarded to the area surrounding Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis. The national recognition, the first ever in Texas, will open significant new financial resources to protect...

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NRI releases Texas landowner survey to examine status of working lands and needs of land managers.

The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute’s Texas Land Trends program released the 2022 Landowner Survey for landowners who own or operate private working lands in Texas. This voluntary questionnaire serves to gather information on the needs, preferences,...

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72 acres of Blanco river open space protected forever.

We are excited to announce the completion of a 72-acre donated conservation easement of native habitat and open space along the Blanco River in rapidly growing Hays County. The conservation easement on Cathedral Oaks Preserve protects native habitats, water quality,...

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Amid troubling UN climate report, Texas ecologist says we have to act fast to adapt to a warming planet.

On Monday, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report, sounding the alarm again on the rapid warming of the planet. The publication asserts, in part, that the impacts of global warming are now simply “irreversible.”But there are still...

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Parks board continues weighing Zilker Park outreach efforts  

The fabled adage, “Please all and you will please none,” seems to be an apt description of many of the city’s community engagement endeavors, with the ongoing outreach around the Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan serving as a timely example.  Read more from Amy...

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