Smaller Hill Country communities are rapidly losing open spaces that help protect water resources, wildlife and Hill Country beauty. Public advocates, local officials, and developers will understand the future impacts of development and learn about the latest tools and resources for opens space and park creation. A special panel led by Hays County Commissioner Lon Shell, Hays County Precinct 3, will introduce new strategies for successful residential development that preserve natural resources and appeal to families seeking the best of the Hill Country experience.
Anyone wanting to learn new strategies for protecting open spaces, including county and local community leaders, advocacy groups and volunteers.
Your registration is underwritten by the Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation. Registration is limited, so sign up now to join us.
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration, continental breakfast and exhibits
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Andrew Sansom, Ph.D., Founder, Professor of Practice, Department of Geography, Texas State University
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE - Texas Land Trends: Changes in people, places, and perspectives
Dr. Roel Lopez, Director, Texas Natural Resources Institute Tx A&M
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
CONSERVATION RESOURCES ROUNDUP
Ken Cearley, Regional Steward, Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Cliff Kaplan, Program Manager, Hill Country Alliance
Kelly Simon, Urban Wildlife Technical Guidance Program Texas Parks and Wildlife
Mark Steinbach, Executive Director, Texas Land Conservancy
Lori Olson, Executive Director, Texas Land Trust Council
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GENERAL SESSION - Neighborhoods in Demand: Green, Sustainable and Profitable
Learn in depth about new models that can transform residential developers into local conservation heroes.
Lon Shell, Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3 and environmental, engineering, design, planning and development experts.
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
OPTIONAL - Finish the day with a guided tour of the iconic Blue Hole Regional Park