Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters

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December 18, 2008

Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Lands Conservation Easement in Calhoun County
Protects 2.5 miles of Guadalupe River frontage along the delta

Williams Family with Trust StaffCALHOUN COUNTY - More than 2.5 miles of pristine Guadalupe River frontage will be protected in perpetuity through a conservation easement with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (Trust). The Guadalupe Delta frontage land, located in Calhoun County, originally was purchased in 1983 by Dr. Del Williams.

William's land has been primarily used for ranching, but he actively manages the land for wildlife, by maintaining habitat for the thousands of migrating waterfowl and song birds that visit the property each year. "I preserved the land for my children and grandchildren so they could see it the way it is today and this was the only way to do it," he explained.

"Since the Trust was founded in 2001, it has taken a keen interest in the preservation of the Guadalupe River Delta. The Guadalupe River Delta is one of the few fully intact deltas on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Dr. Williams's action conserving his land is a key element of the Trust's work to date and for our future efforts to work with landowners in the delta. The Trust's staff will be announcing the completion of additional conservation projects below the confluence of the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers in the coming months," said Todd Votteler, executive director.

Janaé Reneaud, conservation specialist for the Trust who worked closely with Williams over the last several months to complete the conservation easement, said, "Dr. Williams is a dedicated landowner that cares greatly about the future uses of his land and the impact that use will have on the wildlife and his ranch." Reneaud added, "He has set an important example for other landowners in the area who also wish to conserve the beauty of the Guadalupe River."

The mission of Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is to promote and encourage the conservation, stewardship, and enjoyment of the land and water resources of the Guadalupe River watershed while maintaining its unique and irreplaceable natural heritage. For more information about ways to preserve land, call 830-372-5077 or visit www.gbrtrust.org.