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Thursday, December 8th, 2011

City to add 107 acres to Purgatory greenspace

The city is poised to acquire 107 acres of undeveloped aquifer recharge land adjacent to the 463-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Commissioners approve Nicholson Ranch purchase for bird habitat

Hays County Commissioners approved the purchase of 1,000 Nicholson Ranch acres for habitat conservation this week, even though opponents of the purchase wanted commissioners to wait until the court swings back to a Republican majority when newly-elected...

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

12 projects vie for remaining $3.4M of county bond money

With only $3.4 remaining to be allocated from $30 million of parks bonds authorized by Hays County voters in 2007, 12 projects are in the running for funds. Three of the projects are in San Marcos. The...

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Nicholson Ranch picked by county for bird habitat

The 3,300-acre Nicholson Ranch is the choice of Hays County commissioners for endangered bird habitat under their regional habitat conservation plan. The $5 million purchase would leave the county with $3.4 million remaining out of $30 million...

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Windemere Ranch could go to habitat — or development

The owners of Windemere Ranch property say they're going ahead with their plans for development, but Hays County could have designs on the land for its regional habitat conservation plan to protect the golden-cheeked warbler and the...

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Shooting task force throws gauntlet at court

A county-appointed task force charged with locating a parcel for a shooting sports complex has put forth an open records request to learn of the parcels under consideration for wildlife conservation habitat. The shooting sports task force...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Citizens committees tangle over parks funds

Two Hays County citizens committees -- the Parks and Open Space Advisory Board (POSAB) and the Shooting Sports Task Force (SSTF) -- are at odds about how the county should spend the remaining $8.4 million out of...

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Spring Lake water protection moves forward

Three local entities -- San Marcos, Hays County and Texas State -- recently formalized their intention to cooperate on a protection plan for the Upper San Marcos Watershed, including Spring Lake. Texas State River Systems Institute (RSI)...

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Texas State scholar participates in Ecuador study

According to a Nature Conservancy report on biodiversity in 2002, Texas ranks second in the nation in biodiversity -- that is, the totality of genera, species, and ecosystems of a region. California ranks first. But a team...

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A little birdie told them

To make up for habitat lost by construction of the Wonder World Drive extension, the city struck a deal with the Nature Conservancy of Texas to purchase property or conservation easements on 25 acres of warbler habitat...

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