Challenges to Scenic Beauty
The Texas Hill Country is known for spectacular scenic beauty. Tourism drives much of the region’s economy as visitors are drawn to the many scenic drives, rolling hills and heritage ranch lands. Yet protections don’t exist for threats to our valuable scenic assets. More and more scenic view sheds are degraded each year by billboards, cell towers, transmission lines and rooftops. Even the night sky is effected by human carelessness as sky glow reduces our view of starry skies.
The following pages are designed to help educate and activate people in the Hill Country to take steps to protect the scenic beauty we sometimes take for granted. Learn more, talk to your neighbors, get involved.
Aggregate mining, the extraction of sand, gravel, and limestone rock from where it naturally occurs, is a challenge facing communities across the Hill Country as the region grows and the need for infrastructure in Texas expands.
Although light pollution is an issue all over the world, the Texas Hill Country is in a unique situation to preserve and restore our night skies. Simply put, light pollution is wasted light in the natural environment – costing billions annually.