Regional Landowners, The Pecores, Recognized

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.

Larry Gfeller

Bands for Lands: A fundraiser benefiting the protection of open space in Central Texas

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 “Bands for Lands” benefit will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Neighbors Kitchen and Yard, 601 Chestnut Street.  Also performing will be Chubby Knuckle Choir and the Mark Jungers Band.

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. 

VIP seats for the event are available for $75.  For reservations and more information about the event, go to www.pplt.org or call (512) 308-1911.  

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.

Privately owned native prairie and conservation easement in Fayette County (left) and Colorado River Refuge Preserve in Bastrop which is open to the public daily (right).  

Privately owned native prairie and conservation easement in Fayette County (left) and Colorado River Refuge Preserve in Bastrop which is open to the public daily (right).  

Rapid growth in the Austin area threatens what’s left of the prime farm and ranch lands and wooded lands in our region. Supporting the Bands for Lands event will help your local land trust ensure more of these open spaces are protected.
— Smith Covey, President of PPLT
Carolyn Wonderland was awarded Best Blues Band in 2009 by the Austin Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist, 2009 Austin Music Awards and Best Female Vocalist, 2012 Austin Music Awards

Carolyn Wonderland was awarded Best Blues Band in 2009 by the Austin Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist, 2009 Austin Music Awards and Best Female Vocalist, 2012 Austin Music Awards

 

Known for her blazing electric guitar work, Carolyn Wonderland was named best female vocalist by the Austin Music Awards in 2012. Her recordings have been nominated for numerous awards.

It’s important for us all to go outside and explore nature and to instill in children that joy of discovering new plants and local critters while walking outdoors. The Pines and Prairies Land Trust is doing their part to make sure there is land preserved for just that
— Carolyn Wonderland
Chubby Knuckle Choir  will be playing at 5PM and  Mark Jungers Band  at 6:15PM

Chubby Knuckle Choir will be playing at 5PM and Mark Jungers Band at 6:15PM

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.