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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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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