Celebrating Excellence in Private Land Conservation
Four Seasons Hotel, Austin—The banquet room was teeming with wall-to-wall people, all assembled to publicly recognize seven regional Texas landowners for their conservation contributions to land, water and wildlife stewardship. Each year Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation highlight the best land stewards in all of Texas.
Post Oaks award winners Albert and Wilda Pecore oversee 196 acres in Fayette County, land which has been meticulously restored to a natural state reminiscent of the native tall grass prairies of yore. They share a bond with their land, made by decades of struggles and successes. There is no hurry, no sense of urgency. They know nature is everlasting change and to walk hand-in-hand with her requires a long view. . .a patient, loving view. The land is one of six properties protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement through Pines and Prairies Land Trust of Bastrop, Texas. The Pecores have also partnered with the Wildlife Habitat Federation, a conservation and restoration non-profit located in Cat Springs, Texas and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Initiated in 1996 by the TPWD Private Lands Advisory Committee, the Lone Star Land Steward Awards set out to recognize private landowners for excellence in habitat management and wildlife conservation; as well as, to illustrate the important role that landowners play in the conservation of Texas’ natural resources. The program also focuses on encouraging youth education and the importance of engaging future generations of Texans in responsible habitat management and ecosystem health. Since inception of the program, landowners have been recognized for conserving more than three million acres of our cultural and natural heritage in Texas.
This year Pines & Prairies joins a network of 44 Affiliates of The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We look forward to pursuing joint projects which promote the complementary missions of our organizations and to strengthening our partnerships.
BASTROP – Austin blues diva Carolyn Wonderland will headline a fundraiser Oct. 17 in Bastrop for a local land trust that works to preserve farm and ranch lands, wildlife habitat and other open spaces in Central Texas.
The event is free and open to the public, but a $10 donation per person is suggested. There will be a LIVE AUCTION with Carolyn Wonderland signed guitar and amp, SXSW wrist bands, concert tickets and over 40 auction items total!
Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Proceeds will go the Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT), which holds conservation easements and owns wilderness preserves in Bastrop, Lee, Fayette, Caldwell and Travis counties. PPLT’s properties include the Colorado River Refuge in Bastrop and the Yegua Knobbs Preserve near McDade.
PPLT is one of more than 30 land trusts in Texas that have helped conserve more than 1.6 million acres of farms, ranches, wetlands, wildlife habitat, urban parks, forests, watersheds, coastlines and river corridors in the state. These non-profit land trusts conserve natural areas by negotiating private, voluntary agreements with property owners to leave their land undeveloped.
The Colorado River Refuge is open to the public daily. PPLT also connects landowners with government agencies and private organizations offering technical and financial support for restoring and managing wildlife and other conservation practices.