Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters

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January 12, 2011

Conservation Easement Preserves more than 400 Acres of Wildlife Habitat

More than 400 acres of property along the Little Blanco River in Blanco County are being preserved through a conservation easement with the Wallace family and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBR Trust). The easement, executed Dec. 27, 2010, became the first conservation easement in Blanco County secured by the GBR Trust.

Roger and Mary Wallace used a conservation easement to ensure that the property be retained in its natural, scenic, historic, agricultural, and open space condition. The easement also prevents any use of the property that significantly impairs or interferes with the conservation values of the property subject to the terms of the conservation easement that has been agreed to by both the owner and GBR Trust.

"The GBR Trust is very excited about the conservation easement that crosses the Blanco and Comal county borders," said GBR Trust Board President, Roger Welder. "This 406-acre tract of land sits next to a conservation easement that the GBR Trust completed in 2009. With these two conservation easements combined, more than 800 acres of wildlife habitat and recharge area will be preserved."

The Wallaces manage the land for the benefit of native wildlife and restoring the habitat to a healthy level. A diverse mixture of native forbs, rushes, sedges, and moist area grasses can be found on the property, as well as pecan, cedar, elm, and bald cypress trees. Seasonal creeks flow into the Little Blanco River and provide a consistent source of water for all species. Various birds such as species of vireo and warbler, the Summer Tanager, and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo are frequent visitors. The property is home to a variety of wildlife because of pastures, tree corridors, and abundant water sources.

The Trust is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was developed to conserve the land and water of the Guadalupe River watershed for its natural, recreational, scenic, historic and productive value.

The mission of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is to preserve the unique natural heritage of the Guadalupe watershed for future generations, by protecting open landscapes, working farms and ranches, and wildlife habitat through conservation easements, education, and outreach that connects people to the water and the land. More information about the Trust is available at www.gbrtrust.org.