The Williamson County Conservation Foundation and the Williamson County Parks Department will be hosting a workday event on Saturday, September 27, National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will construct an environmentally sensitive trail on the county’s Twin Springs Preserve, completing an eastern loop to connect to the Preserve’s existing trail.

Registration will begin at 7:30. The project work will be from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Registration will be at the site, which is an entry to the Preserve off of Russell Park Road (CR 262). A map to the site is available HERE.  Parking will be at the entrance to Russell Park in the trailhead lot for the Goodwater Trail which is 1.5 miles south of the entrance gate to the Preserve. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to the work site. Workers will need to provide work gloves and a water container. Good outdoor shoes and a hat or cap are recommended. Tools will be provided.

For additional information please call 512/943-1921 or send an email to wccf@wilco.org.

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ATTENTION! Golden-cheeked warbler participation fees:

The Williamson County Conservation Foundation Regional Habitat Conservation Plan, Section 6.2.2, Golden-cheeked warbler, contains the following language:

“The participation fee for take of golden-cheeked warbler habitat is $7,000/acre in the first year fees are charged and increasing by an estimated $500/acre each year as long as the mitigation credits last.” 

At its December 8, 2010 regularly scheduled meeting, the WCCF board authorized the WCCF management to make adjustments, as needed and based on recommendations from the Adaptive Management Committee, to Golden-cheeked warbler participation fees as follows: tracts smaller than 200 acres - $9000 per acre; 200 to 700 acres - $7500 per acre and greater than 700 acres - $7000 per acre.

The revised Golden-cheeked warbler participation fees will be effective beginning September 1, 2014.

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The future is ours to pass along...

The Williamson County Conservation Foundation (WCCF) was established in December 2002 to provide for conservation of endangered species in Williamson County while helping to promote responsible development.

Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country.  Rapid growth necessitates a regional approach to balancing development needs with the needs for conservation.

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Learning about Salamanders

The USFWS issued its final listing rule on the Georgetown and Salado salamanders on February 22, 2014, placing both species in the "threatened" category. In addition the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed 4(d) Special Rule. Section 4(d) of the ESA allows the USFWS to establish special regulations for threatened (not endangered) species, subspecies, and Distinct Population Segments. These "4(d) rules" take the place of the normal protections of the Endangered SPecies Act and may either increase or decrease the ESA's normal protections. The ESA specifies that 4(d) rules must be "necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of such species."

The proposed 4(d) rule is expected to follow exactly (or very closely) the City of Georgetown water quality ordinance approved by the City on 12/20/13. For information on how to follow the ordinance guidelines call the City of Georgetown City Code and Development Department or contact the WCCF.

The WCCF has developed informational web pages devoted specifically to salamander issues. To go directly to those pages go to wilco.org/salamander.

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Our Work

WCCF has established several important cave preserves. Four have been recognized as Karst Fauna Areas under the Williamson County Habitat Conservation Plan.

  • Twin Spring Preserve - karst invertebrates, Golden cheeked warbler and Georgetown salamander
  • Cobb's Cavern Preserve - karst invertebrates
  • Pricilla's Well Preserve - karst invertebrates
  • Karankawa Preserve - karst invertebrates

Two preserves form natural areas within Williamson County’s Southwest Regional Park - Millenium Preserve and Wilco Preserve. Two preserves in the southern part of the county provide additional karst habitat - Beck Preserve and Chaos Cave Preserve.  Also the WCCF manages several smaller preserve areas in various parts of the county. Most provide habitat for karst invertebrates.

To inquire about Williamson County's site-specific Leave No Trace training for preserve areas please send an email to wccf@wilco.org. Now only the Twin Springs Preserve is available for public access but plans are to provide access to the greatest extent possible using a "Leave No Trace for Williamson County Preserves" training.

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How to Get Involved


Long term management of the Regional Habitat Conservation Plan provides numerous opportunities for public involvement, and the WCCF Board encourages the public to become actively involved in this process. 
Through public involvement, WCCF has created and manages a plan that works for the people of Williamson County. The WCCF board meets on the fourth Wednesday of alternative months at 9:00am at:

Williamson County Parks Office 
219 Perry Mayfield 
Leander, TX 78641
Participation Application

or at other sites TBD. If an alternative site is used, notice of the meeting and directions will appear here.
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News and Announcements

Leave No Trace for Williamson County Preserves - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A "Leave No Trace for Williamson County Preserves" training session is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, at the Community Room of REI in Round Rock. The training will start at 6:30 PM and conclude about 8:30 PM.

REI Round Rock is located at 201 University Oaks Blvd. in Round Rock (that's due east of the IKEA), GPS coordinates for the store are:

  • 30° 33.499' N
  • 97° 41.332' W
  • WGS84

Successful completion of the training provides for a hang-tag pass providing for access to Williamson County Preserve areas.

To register go to the REI page at http://www.rei.com/stores/round-rock.html#classesAndEvents and look for "LNT for Williamson County Preserves."


WCCF Board Meeting

- Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE! TIME CHANGE ALSO! The WCCF Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, August 20, at 9:30 a.m. (30 minutes later than normal) at the Williamson County Parks Office conference room, 219 Perry Mayfield, Leander, TX 78641. Parking is available across the street or in the adjacent granite gravel lot.


Leave No Trace - 2014 partner - Wednesday, March 26, 2014



The Williamson County Conservation Foundation is a
2014 Partner of
Leave No Trace
The Center for Outdoor Ethics
www.LNT.org

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 for 2013

- Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The next regular meeting of the WCCF Board will be on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room of the Williamson County Parks Office, 219 Perry Mayfield, Leander. If you would like to request a copy of the most current agenda, please send an email to wccf@wilco.org. WCCF Board meeting agendas are also posted at least 72 hours in advance at the county courthouse and at the Cedar Park and Jester annexes.


 In 2014, the Board Meetings will be held the fourth Wednesday in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December (December generally gets rescheduled) in the Williamson County Parks office conference room. 

 

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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.

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Recreation and Learning Opportunities

The Twin Springs pathway loop is an approximate 3.1 mile side hike that goes through the county’s Twin Springs Preserve which is managed by the Williamson County Conservation Foundation . The preserve may be reached from the Russell Park trailhead for the Goodwater Trail. It is  approximately 2.25 miles from the trailhead to the Loop intersection, so a complete round-trip from the trailhead is just over 7.5 miles.

Because the Twin Springs Preserve provides habitat for endangered and threatened species access is by permit. Permits are free but must be obtained by attending an approved training session, “Leave No Trace Principles for Williamson County Preserves.” Information on training sessions may be obtained by calling 512/943-1921 or by sending an email to wccf@wilco.org.

(to open a printable PDF copy of this map just click on it)

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Conservation Foundation
219 Perry Mayfield
Leander, TX, 78641
Phone: (512) 943-1921
Driving Directions

Gary Boyd
Environmental Program Coordinator
Phone: (512) 943-1921

gboyd@wilco.org

Pct. 3 Commissioner
Valerie Covey
WCCF Board President
3010 Williams Drive, Ste. 153
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: (512) 943-3370

vcovey@wilco.org

For Media Inquires:

Connie Watson
Public Information Officer
Phone: (512) 943-1663
cwatson@wilco.org

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