WCCF Adaptive Management Committee - Friday, May 24, 2013
The WCCF Adaptive Management Committee meeting will be meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Williamson County Parks Office, 219 Perry Mayfield, Leander, TX 78641. Parking is available on the paved lot across the street or on the granite gravel lot just east of the office building. For the agenda, click here.
2013 Partner of Leave No Trace - Monday, March 04, 2013
The Williamson County Conservation Foundation is a
2013 Partner of
Leave No Trace
The Center for Outdoor Ethics
Becoming a Leave No Trace member at the Center for Outdoor Ethics is a great opportunity to learn more about LNT and the best way to take care of special places. To become a member, click here
WCCF Board Meetings - Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The next regular meeting of the WCCF Board will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the J.B. and Hallie Jester Williamson County Annex, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock. The agenda is usually posted HERE approximately five days in advance of each meeting. If you would like to request a copy of the most current agenda, please send an email to email@example.com.
In 2013, the Board Meetings will be held the fourth Wednesday in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December (December will be rescheduled) in the J.B. and Hallie Jester Williamson County Annex.
Press Conference June 18 on Salamanders - Friday, June 15, 2012
Central Texas salamanders could not be added to the list of endangered species under legislation to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week by Congressman John Carter (R-TX31).
In a news conference at a salamander habitat location in south Williamson County, Carter announced legislation blocking federal funds for any activities related to listing of the Austin Blind, Salado, Jollyville Plateau, and Georgetown Salamanders in Bell, Williamson, and Travis counties as endangered or threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The measure would prohibit a listing change prior to 2014 to allow ongoing environmental field studies to determine whether the salamanders need additional protections beyond those already enacted and pending by local governments.
“This decision is in great danger of being determined by politics and lawsuits rather than reliable and replicable scientific research,” says Carter. “The fact that we stand in a location with a healthy salamander population adjacent to a major highway intersection shows we are protecting our salamanders and that the salamanders are not threatened by reasonable economic development. Future plans to protect our salamander populations should be made with the research data currently being gathered on this issue, rather than through politically-motivated court orders that seek to impose regulatory restrictions not warranted by fact.”
“Williamson County has historically made an effort of preserving the environment for future generations. So this is not about the County standing in the way of clean water efforts. Our monitoring results show that there are numerous populations of the species in the County. Many of these locations are already in preserved areas, but healthy populations have been found in the midst of development as well,” said Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey.
“We are in just the second year of a five-year study on the salamanders. Our research and monitoring efforts are comprehensive, current and conducted in a scientific fashion. The Service is relying on inconsistently-obtained and not validated information collected by the City of Austin to move forward with their listing. The best available science must be used as the basis for this decision,” stated Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman, president of the Williamson County Conservation Foundation Board.
Photo caption: Dr. Kemble White releases a salamander back into its habitat at PC Spring in southern Williamson County.
Salamander Facts - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
The following fact sheet summaries what we know about the Georgetown and Jollyville salamanders and how they might affect development activities, both public and private. To view the fact sheet, click here. .To view a map of approximate locations of these species,click here. To view a map of Williamson County watersheds, click here.
US Fish and Wildlife Settlement Plan - Including the Georgetown Salamander - Friday, October 14, 2011
To view documents and links regarding the settlement of lawsuits regarding endangered species from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, CLICK HERE. This settlement agreement includes possible action on species that occur in Williamson County including the Georgetown salamander and the Salado salamander.