It's Offical! Peaceful Springs is Ours!
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge has just grown by 520 acres. These pristine acres had preserved for 20 years by Cynthia & David Castleberry and contains native plants and trees now uncommon to this area. This tract now connects three parcels of the Refuge which provides uninterrupted habitat for two endangered bird species as well as numerous pollinators and mammals.
The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands initiated the effort in obtaining half the needed three million dollars needed to purchase the land. Lead by Singleton Bend resident and past Friends President Dub Lyon the group applied for grants from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and others along will donations from many in the area along with their friends and families. With a gift from one very generous Friends member and generous concessions from the owners the deal was put together.
The balance of the money was provided by a loan from the Land for Public Trust (TPL). The Friends of Balcones continued to make payments to the TPL with money raised from many donors both large and small.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service in late fiscal year 2016 realized they were being given a gift of precious Texas Hill Country and found enough money in their budget to pay off the loan and bring Peaceful Springs into Balcones Refuge.
At this time Peaceful Springs will be open to the public on a limited basis with interpretive hikes, use of the existing pavilion for an outdoor classroom and surveyed during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.