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On December 31, 2014 the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge helped purchase 525 acres of pristine Hill Country land.  This tract, Peaceful Springs Preserve, is bordered on three sides by current Refuge land. But it is not yet part of the Refuge.

Cynthia and David Castleberry had preserved this pristine piece of the Texas Hill Country and kept it safe for the Black-capped Vireo, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Monarch butterflies as well as mammalian, reptile and invertebrate wildlife. 

Madrone trees, rare in this part of the Hill Country, dot the side of a steep canyon, a multitude of wildflowers and milkweed cover the hilltop and ferns grace a limestone grotto.

With help from a generous donor, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, several grants and donations of value from the Castleberrys, the Friends of Balcones came up with half the money needed to purchase Peaceful Springs.  A loan from the Trust for Public Lands completed the sale just in time.  Why just in time?  Because the hills and valleys surrounding this land are being bought up by developers at a rapid rate.

In order to convey this slice of paradise to Balcones Canyonlands NWR the loan to the Trust for Public Lands must be paid.  We are asking your help in this endeavor.

Please help save this land

To break down the remaining balance by the acre, every donation of $2700 will finance the remaining cost for one acre of the Peaceful Springs tract.  We ask for your support on any level. 

Please help us in ensuring to continued preservation of this beautiful land. Click here.

As a 501(c) 3 a donation to the Friends of Balcones can be considered on your 2015 tax return.  

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BirdLife IBA SignOur mission is to support, complete, and enhance the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and its diverse ecology and promote its use for recreational, educational, and scientific purposes. Founded in 2002, Friends of Balcones is a 501.c.3 tax-exempt corporation. Headquartered in Lago Vista, Texas, the Friends organization has about 200 members and numerous volunteer-led programs and activities. We are governed by a seven-person Board of Directors and work closely with refuge staff to accomplish our mission.


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