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June 16th, 2008
From the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance: Update for June 16

» Read the full newsletter on the Greenbelt Alliance’s Web site

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

» WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 CPAT MEETING, SAN MARCOS ACTIVITY CENTER, 7:00 PM
The Hays County Parks Advisory Team (CPAT) will vote on a request for funding from the San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department. Read the story below and come voice your opinion.

» EVERY THURSDAY, TRAIL BUILDING, END OF SUMMIT RIDGE DR, 6:45-8:15 AM
Trail work is humming along in spite of the summer heat. We are entering from Willow Creek to work on what might be thought of as the middle leg of the spine trail through Purgatory. Thanks to the eight hard workers who joined us last week. And special thanks to John Griffis and his teens, who have managed to get out almost everyday for a couple hours. Email alliance@smgreenbelt.org to receive location changes and last-minute weather cancellations. All trail builders must wear gloves, hard shoes, and eyewear. Water bottle, long pants, and hat highly recommended. We supply tools and bug repellent. Find a map to Summit Drive here.

» TRAIL BUILDING, SATURDAY, JUNE 21: 8:00-10:00 AM (7:30 NEWBIES)

» NATURESCAPE PHOTOS NOW ACCEPTED
Your amateur nature photo taken within Hays County could be a winner!. Learn more at here.

WELCOME TO J.R. & JULIE

J.R. Mendoza was looking for a place to hold his 9-year-old daughter’s birthday party, not a career change. But an ad at Rio Vista pool for the San Marcos park ranger position caught his eye, and he found himself in the job. We are also fortunate to have Julie Hulbert as the new director of the San Marcos Nature Center.

More info and photos of J.R. & Julie here.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE FORMING

SMGA’s Conservation Committee plays a key role in our mission, “To create and conserve an interconnected system of parks and natural areas for our community and future generations.” Thanks to new board member, Sherwood Bishop, for agreeing to head up this important effort. Sherwood presented a draft mission statement for the committee at SMGA’s recent board retreat, summarized as follows.

Full article and loop & check vision map here.

SAN MARCOS REQUESTS CPAT FUNDS

San Marcos could see some significant resources applied to Purgatory Creek Greenspace and 5-Mile Dam River Parks and Soccer Complex. The city is asking Hays County Citizens Parks Advisory Team (CPAT) to approve a request for $3.1 million that will match city funding to complete the projects.

See more project information at http://www.smgreenbelt.org/NewsEvents.htm#SanMarcos

CPAT will score the San Marcos proposal at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 18 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the San Marcos Activity Center. We encourage you to attend the meeting. You need not stay the entire time, but you can voice your opinion prior to the vote if you ask the chairman in advance. As an alternative or in addition to attending, you can write a letter, call, or email Curt Busk, chairman of the CPAT board, or the Hays County Grants Administrator and ask that a copy of your text be given to the CPAT members. Find their contact information at the link above.

TIDBITS…

» RINGTAIL: Ringtail trail work under the supervision of Chris North and our contractor Environmental Survey Consulting is nearly complete. The amenities and other improvements are now the focus. We’ll be meeting soon with city staff and others to discuss slab removal, cable moving, drainage and access road improvements, and more.

» HAPPY GRADUATION: Some graduating high school seniors asked guests at their graduation party to contribute to local charities in lieu of gifts. One of those generous seniors, Jessica Villareal, asked for gifts to SMGA! It’s heartening to see our youth taking an interest in local causes. Thanks to Jessica and friends for setting a great example for all of us!

» FARMERS MARKET: Buy fresh produce and other goodies every Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Farmers Market by the old Breed Hardware parking lot on C. M. Allen Parkway. Buy local and save energy.

» WATERSHED DAM TOUR (excerpt from NRCS June 9 press release): San Marcos and Hays County officials recently got a firsthand look at the five floodwater retarding structures (dams) in the Upper San Marcos River Watershed. The Hays County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Upper San Marcos River Watershed District, and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation (NRCS) sponsored the tour for city and county officials.

» WILDFLOWERS: Three San Marcos Girl Scouts, members of Troop 881, recently presented SMGA with their original guidebooks of wildflowers found in local green spaces, part of their requirement to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts.
Read more about these tidbits at http://www.smgreenbelt.org/NewsEvents.htm#Tidbits

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