Landowner Workshop Success in Comal County

Spring Branch, Texas — The Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) and the Hill Country Alliance co-hosted the workshop, “Saving Family Lands: Tools for Landowners in Comal County,” on February 15, 2019 at the Anhalt Dance Hall in Spring Branch, Texas.

The one-day workshop, which highlighted financial and conservation tools available to rural landowners in fast-growing Hill Country counties, attracted ninety attendees. The workshop was designed to provide farmers, ranchers, and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them address issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations.

Speakers presented on a variety of topics including the case for conservation in Comal County; wildlife and open space valuation; financial tools and programs for landowners; conservation easement basics and tax benefits; and the role of land trusts. The workshop ended with a panel discussion with local landowners and conservation easement donors. The presentations generated many questions from the audience.

“With rates of land development and subdivision booming in Central Texas, workshops like this one provide a critical service to landowners interested in protecting their land and handing on a conservation ethic to future generations,” said Katherine Romans, executive director of the Hill Country Alliance.

Attendee Steve Hixon said, “It was an excellent landowner workshop. We got very useful information on conservation easements to help protect our family ranch for future generations.”

“The event featured well-informed speakers who covered a wide range of topics related to land conservation—from the basics of a conservation easement to tax advantages,” said attendee Martha Bersch. “The information will be valuable in my family’s discernment regarding the future of our land.”

“It was encouraging to see so many people interested in preserving their land,” Elizabeth Bowerman, President of the CCCA, said. “Some families in our county live on land that has been in their family for six or seven generations! These lands are an important part of the culture and the rural fabric of our area, and the CCCA is happy to be able to help these ranchers and landowners find ways to preserve their land for future generations.”

The workshop was conducted with assistance from Alamo Resource Conservation & Development Area Inc., Anhalt Hall, Blair Wildlife Consulting, Braun & Gresham Family of Companies, Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, Hill Country Land Trust, James D. Bradbury PLLC, Plateau Land Group, Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, Ranch Connection LLC, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas Wildlife Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Wimberley Valley Watershed Association and facilitated by Carolyn Vogel, Texas Conservation Connection.

The Comal County Conservation Alliance ( is a nonprofit organization working to protect land, water, and wildlife in Comal County. The Hill Country Alliance ( is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.

Register now for Texas Wildlife Association’s Spring programs for youth education

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) promotes youth education as part of their ongoing Conservation Legacy. TWA believes that “the future of Texas wildlife and natural resources lay in the hands of youth. Conservation Legacy has developed Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.), a suite of educational programs for K-12 to utilize in formal and informal educational venues. Conservation Legacy programs deliver the private lands stewardship message using hands-on, science based interactive lessons. L.A.N.D.S. offers a variety of methods for educating youth including Discovery Trunks, Distance Learning Programs, Wildlife by Design, and L.A.N.D.S. Intensive Curricula.” (

Registration is now available for the Spring semester programs*

Click here for more information on registration and the latest programs available.

*All programs are Science TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8 and are available at no cost!

For more on TWA’s youth education, please click the following link:

Texas also needs more natural resource leaders! Conservation Legacy programs provide adults with the tools necessary to foster an appreciation for natural processes and ecological interactions. For more on TWA’s adult education, click here:

Conservation Easement Workshop – August 17th in Boerne, TX




Boerne, Texas – The Cibolo Conservancy Land Trust is hosting a landowner workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2018, at the Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term.

Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. No public access is required.  This agreement is negotiated between the landowner and the land trust organization which is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement agreement.

Many landowners are concerned about conserving those special natural features on their family-owned property and maintaining the productivity of their land. Landowners face the challenge of increasing tax burdens associated with land ownership, including the potential impact of estate taxes on their heirs. This seminar is designed to provide farmers, ranchers and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them deal with the issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations.

Workshop topics include: Conservation Easement Basics and Income and Estate Tax Benefits of Donating a Conservation Easement with Burgess Jackson and Margaret Menicucci, the Land Trust Role in the Conservation Easement Process with Brent Evans, and My Dream for My Land video, narrated by Bob Webster, including a discussion with conservation easement donors Ken Nickel and Art Wilson.

The workshop cost is $20 per person which includes refreshments and a social following the workshop. Registration begins at 1:30; walk-ins are welcome, however pre-registration is advised to ensure your seat. To view the full program agenda and register online, visit

More information is available by contacting the workshop coordinator Carolyn Vogel at or 512.633.4995

FOR SALE: 14 Acres of Prime, Creekside Real Estate in Fredericksburg, Texas

109 Bob Moritz Drive, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 (Gillespie County) / 14 ACRES OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON LIVE BARONS CREEK

  • Price: $1,900,000
  • Acres: 14.09
  • Sq Ft: 484
  • 2 Buildings


Fourteen acres of beautiful, diverse landscape are available for your future use and enjoyment! Fronting on live Barons Creek and intermittent Dry Creek, the land is lush with native flora and fauna. Two creekside bed-and-breakfast cabins on the property attract frequent guests. A large portion of the acreage is uplands and improved pasture, suitable for development. The adjacent property directly to the east is the future home of the city-approved Seven Hills Resort and Conference Center, including a proposed 150+ room hotel, at the intersection of US Hwy 290 W and Hwy 87 N on the western edge of Fredericksburg. Underground city utilities available. Additional links below.

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Lands of America – 14 Acres on Live Barons Creek, Fredericksburg

109 Bob Moritz Drive, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

The property, shaded in purple, lies in the ETJ of the City of Fredericksburg

Conservation Workshop – April 20th in Burnet, TX



  • Location: Burnet County Agrilife Extension office – Auditorium
    607 North Vandeveer, Burnet TX 78611 (map)
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Hosted by:


CLICK HERE for registration through the Hill Country Alliance ($15 registration; $20 for couples. Pay online or at the door – walk-ins welcome)

Join fellow landowners in learning about an innovative estate planning and conservation tool: Conservation Easements. Land trust experts will be on hand to answer FAQs about conservation easements, income and estate tax implications of easements, the land trust / landowner relationship, and much more. Hear from landowners who have donated conservation easements, network with your neighbors, and celebrate the Hill Country! Lunch will be provided and a networking reception will follow. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Carolyn Vogel by email at or by phone at (512) 633-4995.


Rock Barn Ranch Tour and Social – March 22nd in Blanco, TX


Join us for a complimentary afternoon tour of Rock Barn Ranch and learn about the conservation easement that permanently conserves this incredible ninety-acre property!

  • Location: Rock Barn Ranch
    1672 McKinney Loop, Blanco, Texas 78606
  • Time: 3-6 pm
  • Hosted by:


At 3P, a discussion led by the Texas Land Conservancy will provide invaluable information regarding the benefits of conservation easements for brokers, landowners, and buyers. Attendees are encouraged to stay for home and ranch tours and a social hour from 4:30 – 6.

*No registration required*

Dress: casual and comfortable; walking shoes.

Directions: From Hwy 281 in Blanco, go west on FM 1623 approx. 4 miles, take a right on McKinney Loop. Property on the right approx. 1 mile.

Learn about Rock Barn Ranch:

Contact Marcia Millikin at (512) 689-4345 for more information.

Ranch Connection ‘Lands’ on Top 100 Sold

November 29, 2017 –

Carolyn Vogel, Sales Agent at Ranch Connection, LLC, achieved the 62nd spot on the Texas LAND Magazine / Lands of Texas “TOP 100 SOLD” list for Third Quarter 2017, for the 87-acre Eagle Rock property in Hays County. Rankings are based on largest sales in Texas for single-property listings.

Carolyn and the rest of the Ranch Connection team continue to strive for excellence while serving the land-owners and seekers of the Texas Hill Country and beyond.


Update – Workshop Success!

September 13, 2017 –

Thanks to all those who attended the Conservation Easement Workshop held on Friday, August 25th, at the Cibolo Nature Conservancy in Boerne, TX. Despite the impending gulf coast weather, we had a great turnout and received positive feedback from the experience.

To find out about future workshops in the Hill Country area, keep an eye on our Texas Conservation Connection (TCC) website, or feel free to contact us here. We look forward to hearing from you!