Pines & Prairies Land Trust

Location: Bastrop, Texas

Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT) was founded in 2001 to protect the land and natural resources in the Central Texas counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Eastern Travis County. PPLT holds conservation easements and owns property in this region. Conservation easements place limitations on land use of the property in order to protect and preserve the natural resources of the land. These agreements allow the landowner to continue to own, use (with limitations), and sell the property, and it also provides them with opportunities for tax benefits.

Pines and Prairies Land Trust also owns over 1000 acres of preserve lands. This includes the 65-acre Colorado River Refuge, Billig Ranch and Yegua Knobbs Preserve. All three preserves are used for public benefit, providing opportunities for education and outdoor recreation, open space, habitat protection and sustainable agricultural practices. PPLT also hosts nature lessons and workshops, participates in conferences and local environmental events, and provides speakers for civic and business groups.

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