PROTECTING THE LAND
Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (FOB) supports the refuge in the protection of habitats through land stewardship education programs, conservation easements, and land acquisition. Through member donations and partnerships with other NGOs, such as The Conservation Fund and Trust for Public Land, FOB has helped in the protection of over 600 acres of Hill Country habitat. As an example, the 581-acre Peaceful Springs tract was purchased in 2017, thanks to generous support from FOB members and other donors.
Recently, FOB has supported the acquisition of the 50-acre Crain tract along Cow Creek. FOB is currently working to help the refuge acquire the 280-acre Higginbotham tract to protect a large block of contiguous golden-cheeked warbler habitat. FOB continues to be pivotal in land protection efforts for the refuge and future generations by providing funding and active support for important conservation projects.
WHAT IS CONSERVATION EASEMENT?
A conservation easement is a voluntary, written agreement between a landowner and the “holder” of the conservation easement under which a landowner voluntarily restricts certain uses of the property to protect its natural, productive or cultural features. Source: Texas Land Trust Council
Under the USFWS, you are paid a percentage of your fair market value for the purchase of the farming and development rights in perpetuity.
For more information about Conservation Easements with the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, please email the refuge manager, Kelly Purkey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Education is key! The Conservation & Stewardship committee is committed to acquiring or in influencing the designation of land for conservation and we need your help to inform land owners about good land management practices and conservation easements. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about how you can help us protect land in and around the refuge. Become a member and directly support our efforts to advocate for the land, for the wildlife, and for the future of the Canyonlands.