Please note the date change of our annual meeting to Friday, March 28 (formerly March 30). Meet at the Price Center on 222 W. San Antonio Street at 5:30 p.m. for relaxation and refreshments; we’ll begin a relatively brief meeting at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see all of you there!
Here’s something you can do to help San Marcos greenspaces in 5 minutes or less! We are asking all who receive this email to respond to a 5-minute, online survey designed to get your views on SMGA’s priorities and projects. Your input is very important in helping us set strategic goals, so please help SMGA by clicking the link below.
Click this link to go to the survey: http://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=900138
Saturday 22nd: SMRF water hyacinth removal at Aquarena Center
Saturday 22nd: Hike Lower Purgatory, 9:00 a.m.
Friday 28th: SMGA Annual Meeting, Price Center
Saturday 5th: Bobcat Build (stay tuned for more info about SMGA’s job site)
Saturday 12th: Trail Building Upper Purgatory, 8:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. for first timers)
Sunday 20th: Earth Day celebration at Aquarena Center
Tuesday 22nd: Earth Day
Saturday 26th: SMRF water hyacinth removal at Aquarena Center
Get directions to greenspaces above at http://www.smgreenbelt.org/SMNaturalAreas.htm.
Trail building requires heavy boots, gloves, and a water bottle; eyewear, long pants, and hat highly recommended. We supply tools and bug repellent. To join our trail crew list, email firstname.lastname@example.org (weather or other conditions may prompt last minute changes, and only those on our email list will be notified).
The ladybugs are swarming, the algarita blooms are about to burst, and the birds are whistling their merry madrigals at first light each day. It’s time. Time to put down the keyboard and iPhone, pick up the camera and walking stick, and get out into the living, thriving world. Upper Purgatory or Blanco Shoals or the river parks along the cool, clear water of the San Marcos River await hikers everyday. For that matter, take an easy hike around the neighborhood or let the kids climb at the playscape in Children’s Park while you relax with a good book. It’s a great time to get up and get out and let the world wash your senses and your soul with all its glory.
The details of the annual Naturescapes Photography Contest are almost ironed out and the brochure will soon be available. Entries will be accepted from May 1 through July 21. This year the Hill Country Photography Club and SMGA have expanded the contest to include photographs taken in any natural area throughout Hays County and have eliminated categories to provide you with even more flexibility (suggested subjects include scenery, wildlife, plants, people, and pets). We hope the contest and exhibit at the San Marcos Activity Center (September 5 through October 31) will increase public awareness of how much our natural areas enrich our lives and how important it is to preserve them.
The contest is also a chance to give photographers at all levels of experience a chance to capture, share, and receive recognition for beautiful and inspiring images. Please think about offering up some of your images this year. Maybe you’ve been taking pictures all along but were too shy to have them judged. Or, maybe you’ve been looking for a good reason to start using your camera. It is a lot of fun and many of the images submitted are exhibited, whether or not they win a prize, for all to enjoy.
County Springs for Jacob’s Well
Without controversy or argument, though with much enthusiasm and applause, the Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to issue $3 million to the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) for the preservation of Jacob’s Well west of Woodcreek and Wimberley. http://newstreamz.com/2008/03/01/county-springs-for-jacobs-well
With Land Buy, Austin Step Closer to 34-Mile Aquifer Trail
In what is regarded as the state’s priciest land conservation deal, more than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land once slated for intense development have been permanently protected, Austin officials announced Thursday. The City of Austin kicked in $30 million to buy outright 1,500 acres of the Hays County land and put development restrictions on the remaining 1,558 acres. http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/02/15/0215openspace.html