Press Posts

Women’s land stewardship conference offered Oct. 1-2 in Fredericksburg

AgriLife TODAY - September 19, 2018

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, FREDERICKSBURG – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a two-day land stewardship conference, “Empowering Women – New Stewardship Traditions,” Oct. 1-2 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. The conference, funded in part by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Trust, is an effortRead More

Wetlands transform a murky mess into viable water supply

Tarrant Regional Water District - September 6, 2018

The rain-swollen Trinity River flowing by resembles thin, foamy chocolate milk. Being carried along in the river’s murky mix are chunks of wood, bits of paper and a small whitewall tire and wheel. It’s not the kind of water you want to see flowing out of a tap. But five miles away and gushing intoRead More

Bees mix with weapons at Austin defense contractor site

The Austin American-Statesman - September 9, 2018

By Asher Price – American-Statesman Staff Highlights BAE Systems has donated office space and land to the nonprofit American Honey Bee Protection Agency. The bee group says sites like the one at BAE Systems help revive bee populations in urban areas. In a dense bit of East Austin forest, beneath a long abandoned helicopter-blade test pad andRead More

NFWF Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Recover Monarch Butterflies and Pollinators across the United States

National Fish and Wildlife Federation - September 5, 2018

Seven projects will increase pollinator habitat and boost conservation efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. (SEPTEMBER 5, 2018) –The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced seven grant awards totaling more than $920,000 to conserve monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators in 19 states across the country. The grants will generate more than $2 million in matchingRead More

Some Progress

Waking of the Bear - August 26, 2018

A little more than a year ago (August 18, 2017) I began this chronicle type of blogging to keep track of the purpose, processes, and progress towards changing our property from a manipulated and manicured piece of land back to its more natural state. If you have kept up with my entries, you will recallRead More

Tom Kula, Executive Director & General Manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD)

Texas + Water - July 25, 2018

With an annual operations and capital budget of more than $500 million, NTMWD provides drinking water treatment and delivery, wastewater collection and treatment and solid waste services for a population of 1.7 million people in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. NTMWD operates one of the nation’s largest advanced water treatment plants atRead More

Texas Collaboration Protects Dark Skies

International Dark-Sky Association - August 14, 2018

The western part of Texas is home to one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the US, the Permian Basin. Also located in this area is the McDonald Observatory, home of the world’s third largest telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). For almost 30 years, Bill Wren has been working at the McDonaldRead More

Reducing light pollution from oil and gas production in Texas skies

KXAN - July 25, 2018

  By: Steffi Lee AUSTIN — As Texas continues leading the nation in oil and gas production, companies are trying to do their part in protecting the state’s night skies. It’s a view that draws around 100,000 people to the McDonald Observatory in West Texas every year. They’re able to experience the galaxy in a sea ofRead More

McDonald Observatory, Oil and Gas Organizations Collaborate to Protect Night Skies

McDonald Observatory - July 9, 2018

9 July 2018 FORT DAVIS, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory has collaborated with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) and the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) to reduce light shining into the sky from drilling rigs and related activities in West Texas. The excess light has the potential toRead More

Cultivating the Healing Power of Nature

Methodology Newsletter - June 26, 2018

Everyone agrees that nature has the power to heal. But ask how it heals—and answers are in short supply The need to find answers grew out of Laura Bush’s passion for the land of Texas and the outdoors. While serving as First Lady, she championed preservation of natural spaces and heritage by serving as HonoraryRead More