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 explore trailblazing county opportunities and strategies for economically successful residential developments that preserve natural resources and appeal to families seeking the best of the Hill Country experience. Will Hays County be the first in Texas to have a one water residential development?
Anyone wanting to learn new strategies for protecting open spaces, including county and local community leaders, advocacy groups and volunteers.
This event has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns with the COVID-19 virus.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration, Coffee and Breakfast Snacks, and Exhibits
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
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 - 10:15 AM
10:15 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
MODERATOR: Carolyn Vogel, Texas Conservation Connection, LLC
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
LUNCH and Conservation Conversation at Patsy Glenn Refuge
1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
GENERAL SESSION - Neighborhoods in Demand: Green, Sustainable and Profitable
Learn how Hays County can lead the state in true conservation development.
Lon Shell, Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3 and environmental, engineering, design, planning and development experts.
Caitlin Strickland, Development Services Director, Hays County
Steven Spears, FASLA, PLA, AICP, Principal – GroundWork Development Company, Consulting Landscape Architect and Urban Designer – Lionheart Places, LLC