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National Public Lands Day September 25

Sep 15


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On Saturday, September 25, more than  170,000 volunteers nationwide will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. In Williamson County, more than a hundred volunteers will make improvements to Twin Springs Preserve and the Goodwater Trail at Lake Georgetown. All will be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.
 
This year marks the 17th annual National Public Lands Day, an event that brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, and just plain enjoyment. Last year over 150,000 Americans participated at sites in all 50 states.
 
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is the event’s national corporate sponsor for the 12th consecutive year. Northrop Grumman has joined as a corporate sponsor for the 2nd year. Nine federal agencies will participate along with over 250 state, county, and city partners and a host of nonprofit groups, including the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts of USA, Student Conservation Association, and The Corps Network. The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day.
 
WHO: Williamson County Conservation Foundation, REI, Inc., Austin Ridge Riders, The US Army Corps of Engineers, American Youthworks
WHAT: Construct primitive trails through the Twin Springs Preserve and a trail link to the Goodwater Trail, adding over two miles of primitive trails to the preserve and Goodwater Trail system.
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2010 – 8 am to 1 pm Registration starts at 7:30 am
WHERE: Twin Spring Preserve – on site registration at the Russell Park Group Shelter – see HERE (map)for directions
 
CONTACT:      Gary Boyd, Williamson County Conservation Foundation -
gboyd@wilco.org
Josh Kawinski, Outreach Specialist, REI - jkawins@rei.com
Phone: 512/260-4226 (Gary) or 512/343-5550 (Josh)
 
National Public Lands Day, 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 160, Washington, D.C. 20008 npld@neefusa.org
 
 

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Williamson County Alerts

Burn Ban Lifted September 19 - Friday, September 19, 2014
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Williamson County today, Friday, September 19, 2014. 
Even though the burn ban has been lifted, no outdoor burning of combustible materials will be allowed during Critical Fire Danger Days and Red Flag Warning Days.  To view the current fire danger status, go to the Texas Forest Service website and click on Fire Danger/Drought.
Please be cautious with any outdoor burning activity.  Outdoor burning must be conducted under state regulations found in Texas Administrative Code Section 30 TAC 111.219.
Prior to conducting control burns, please take the following steps:
1. Please contact your local fire department – Some fire departments may require a Burn Permit.
2. Please contact Williamson County Communications – Please call and report your control burn to Williamson County Communications at (512) 864-8282.  Williamson County Communications should be able to inform you of any burning restrictions that Williamson County Communications has been made aware of and that may exist. 
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Burn Ban Issued Feb. 25

- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.  A person violates this order if he burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others.  The burn ban prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.  It also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation.  This order may be enforced by any duly-commissioned peace officer.  It is a Class C Misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine up to $500.  In the event the burn ban is lifted, no outdoor burning of combustible materials will be allowed during Critical Fire Danger Days and Red Flag Warning Day.
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Road Closures - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
For updated state roadway closures, check http://www.txdot.gov/travel/road_conditions.htm.
 
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Road Closures April 28 Due to High Water - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Williamson County Unified Road System announces that the following roads are closed due to high water as of 8:30 a.m. on April 28:

West Side
CR 272 at Low Water Crossing
 
East Side
CR 123 @ Brushy Creek
 
 
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Ozone Action Day Watch Level Orange, Thursday, August 14, 2008 - Thursday, August 14, 2008
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