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!

Texan By Nature – Save the Monarchs

TCC owner Carolyn Vogel with Keynote Speaker Laura Bush

In May, the South-Central Monarch Symposium was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. UT Austin alumna and former First Lady Laura Bush was the keynote speaker.  Texan By Nature, an organization founded by Bush, is helping to develop a collaborative conservation framework for creating sustainable habitats for the monarch butterfly in Texas. The symposium brought together scientists, experts and leaders from many prominent organizations to share best practices for helping the disappearing monarchs.

Original article: “Save the Monarchs: Laura Bush Asks for Help Saving the State Insect of Texas” – May 31, 2017

Conservation Workshop, May 13, 2016, Kerrville


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 Kerrville, Texas – The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBRT) are hosting a landowner workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall, 125 Lehmann Drive, Suite 100 Kerrville, Texas 78028. 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. This negotiated agreement is between the landowner and the land trust organization which is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement agreement.

Landowners have concerns 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 design is to give farmers, ranchers and other landowners 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 Overview; Income and Estate Tax Considerations and Tax Benefits of Donating a Conservation Easement; Donor/Donee Relationship; Landowner Considerations and Costs; and Discussions with Conservation Easement Donors

The workshop cost is $20 per person which includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome and pre-registration will guarantee your seat. Register on-line: www.hillcountryalliance.org/events/kerrville-conservation-easement-workshop/

The Hill Country Alliance and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust are hosting the workshop in conjunction with Colorado River Land Trust, Friends of Enchanted Rock, Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, Hill Country Conservancy, Hill Country Land Trust, Hill Country Master Naturalist, Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Texas Land Conservancy, and Texas Wildlife Association.

More information is available by contacting the workshop coordinator Carolyn Vogel at carolyn@texasconservationconnection.com or 512.633.4995