In the wake of the Memorial Day 2015 floods that roared through Central Texas, people in the Hill Country are left grappling with the aftermath. Images of hundred-year-old cypress trees, stripped bare of their bark and ripped up from their roots, inevitably turn our minds to our creeks and rivers and prompts the question- what can we do to heal our streamsides?
This first in a series of Recovery Workshops has been planned to help landowners identify the steps they can take to improve the health of their riparian areas (where the river and land intersect). Each workshop will include 1 hour of discussion indoors followed by a 1 hour field trip.
Wednesday, June 10th 9:30 – 11:30 am
Old Blanco Courthouse in the City of Blanco
Thursday, June 11th 5-7 pm
Turkey Hollow Ranch in Burnett Ranches subdivision (rsvp for directions)
Friday, June 12th 8 am breakfast, 9-11 am workshop
Wimberley Community Center
These workshops are being coordinated in partnership of The Nature Conservancy, the Hill Country Alliance, the Texas Forest Service, Hays County Master Naturalists, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Speakers include representatives from Texas Forest Service, and Steve Nelle, retired Natural Resource Conservation Service State Wildlife Biologist. Speakers will cover the do’s and don’ts of riparian recovery.
Email Rachael Ranft firstname.lastname@example.org or call Vanessa Martin (512) 623-7249 for more information.
- Steve Nelle, retired NRCS biologist
1. The broken and uprooted cypress can be good for the future health and stability of the river.
- Steve Nelle, retired Natural Resource Conservation Service biologist
Blanco River Valley Restoration Project Facebook Page: latest news and
Remarkable Riparian: educational materials including videos about riparian restoration.
Letting the River Heal: Hill Country Alliance newsletter
Don’t Give Up On Your Trees: Hays County Master Naturalists
document on critical first steps
Blanco River Restoration Tips: Mark Lundy video on Blanco restoration