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‘Sustaining the HC - now & for future generations’


Central Texas is all about the Hill Country - rolling vistas, dramatic bluffs, seeps and springs, and diverse wildlife. However, due to explosive growth, the character of the Hill Country is changing.

To address this challenge, on Feb. 26 and 27, the Bexar Audubon Society, Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, Hill Country Alliance, Texas Wildlife Association, and the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will host the seventh Farm & Range Forum, “Sustaining the Hill Country - Now and for Future Generations.”

The farm & range forum begins Friday, Feb. 26 with a tour and reception at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall. It will also include the presentation of the Inaugural Keystone Award to David K. Langford of Comfort for his years of achievements for Texas conservation.

A steadfast conservationist, well respected regionally and nationally, Langford is Vice President Emeritus of the Texas Wildlife Association, culminating a leadership career since 1986. He is on the boards of the Hill Country Alliance and the Sand County Foundation and represents agricultural interests on the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group.

Langford works tirelessly for land stewards across the country, communicating effectively and building bridges between diverse constituencies. A lover of the Hill Country region, he immortalizes it in his award-winning photography.

The farm & range forum will continue on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites. Out-of-town attendees may request discounted rates at the Fredericksburg Inn.

Saturday’s topics include the natural history of the Hill Country and an assessment of its current status, water resources, wildlife and habitat, brush management, nature tourism, managing the homestead, food production and public policy incentives to promote good stewardship.

Keynote speakers and panelists with diverse backgrounds offer a depth of experience. There will be opportunities for sharing of experiences and discussion with people who share your interests.

Designed for anyone interested in the future of the Hill Country, the forum will help land owners, Hill Country residents and urban and rural conservationists better understand the history and dynamics of the region, as well as the choices and events that are irrevocably shaping its future.

For more information about the 2010 Farm & Range Forum, call 210-826-2904 or 800-839-9453.