In a state as expansive and diverse as Texas, the word land is usually paired with adjectives like vast and majestic, and conjures thoughts of freedom and independence. The importance of land conservation cannot be understated—our preserve system works as a field lab for developing best management practices for land and water protection. The Conservancy’s work on land is our legacy and the backbone of our water protection and habitat restoration programs.
Some of our biggest news in 2012 was the establishment of our Cibolo Bluffs Preserve, located just northwest of San Antonio. Cibolo Bluffs is a 1,244-acre tract that offers pristine habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and safeguards land over the Edwards Aquifer, which provides for more than two million Central Texans and serves as the sole source of drinking water for San Antonio.
A shared goal—adding new regional parks near Texas’ urban centers—was realized in the spring when the chapter assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the acquisition of a new state park west of Fort Worth. The 3,333-acre park is the first entirely new state park established in Texas in more than a decade, and will feature a permanent stream, dramatic topography, habitat for golden-cheeked warblers and other songbirds and recreational opportunities for Dallas/ Fort Worth residents.