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Land Program Updates - Summer 2022

While the soil is thirsty, the Land Program continues to saturate the region with educational resources and partnership-building. In the first half of the year, HCA engaged hundreds of landowners through a number of stewardship workshops on various issues, from regenerative grazing to land conservation.

Since 2021, HCA has led the Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape (CBSL) Partnership, a new collaborative to enhance natural resource conservation, military readiness, and agricultural productivity in a multi-county area around Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis. We were so excited to have the CBSL awarded in February, making us one of only ten nationally recognized Sentinel Landscapes in the country and the very first in Texas!

Now we’re getting to work bringing new funding to Texas to support private land stewardship and conservation, which will provide rippling benefits for private lands, Hill Country communities, Camp Bullis, and future generations.


$8.57 Million Awarded to Hill Country Landowner Efforts

Great news! The USDA is awarding Texas more than $21 million for four locally led conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) - and our work on the Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape Partnership. This funding will go directly toward private landowners' management needs - projects like erosion-control, native grass seeding, grazing assistance and controlled burns.

Welcome to the Team, Rachel!

Meet Rachel Seets, HCA's Landowner Outreach and Stewardship Manager and newest member of the team! 

Rachel is a native Texan from Fort Worth with a Master’s in Biology, with a focus on Natural Resource Management from Texas State University. Prior to her Master’s degree, she worked on the education team at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 

Rachel is passionate about engaging communities in experiential learning and environmental stewardship.

Riparian Woodlands Workshop - Junction, 9/10

Join our partners at the Llano River Watershed Alliance and natural resources specialist Steve Nelle for a presentation and field trip covering the principles of a healthy riparian zone, riparian zone management practices, and the impacts of the Axis deer. The workshop will take place in Junction along the Llano river, but lessons learned will be beneficial to landowners and managers across the Hill County.
Riparian Woodlands Workshop
Sep 10, 8:30AM -12:30PM
Llano River Field Station

Land Resources

No matter how big your slice of the Hill Country, we have resources to support your work outdoors. Check out some of the resources we've been reading and sharing lately!
Click the above images to explore resources from HCA and our partners at Texas Master Naturalists - Hays County Chapter and Texas A&M Forest Service. 
Are you still watering your outdoor plants everyday? Watch this video and learn more about wondrous, water-saving Wicking Gardens and how they can save you time, water, and energy in this heat.

Keep HCA's Land Program Growing

As always, HCA’s work is focused on catalyzing and supporting locally-led efforts to champion effective conservation measures all across our region. Can we improve the health of our natural resources while we grow? Protect our view of the Milky Way in the rural Hill Country, even as our population booms? Build in ways that protect the most pristine waterways in the state of Texas? We believe the answer is yes!

We hope you’ll join us and hope you will consider donating to sustain this important work.
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