I can't believe that today I already have my first full month behind me as your new Executive Director at the Hill Country Land Trust!
Hopefully you've received your copy of our latest newsletter (link here) detailing more of my background if I'm new to you...for those who know me, you already know I'm super excited to be living and working in beautiful Fredericksburg now - the heart of the Hill Country. And getting to experience things I didn't in the Houston region such as:
- roadrunners on an almost daily basis
- unbelievable snout butterfly migration
- wide open sunset vistas that out-compete each other on a daily basis
- and yes, way less humidity
I've also gotten to see and find out that Gillespie County is the epicenter of oak wilt; the effects of the encroaching sprawl; and that Enchanted Rock has more visitors than it can ecologically handle.
There are challenges aplenty for every conservation organization and it is my hope that if you supported my work before you will ADD this organization to your list. If you haven't known or supported HCLT in the past, I hope that you will look around our website, see our important landowner educational videos (one just released today on managing ashe juniper (cedar!)) and that you will donate now.
You should know that we have a wonderful hard-working staff including Kate Peake our Office Administrator and Ted Maas, our Conservation Lands Biologist who are so enthusiastic about our mission. It's a true pleasure to work with them.
I am thrilled to come on to an organization that has been doing great things before I got here; including having 20 fantastic permanent land protection agreements already under its belt. AND as a testament to its hard-working board, was one of the very first organizations nationally to become Accredited. An absolute attestation of how this volunteer board works.
One of my primary purposes here will be to help HCLT add to that important land protection within the Hill Country so would greatly appreciate your forwarding this email to anyone you know who needs to know about our ability to help folks save federal and estate taxes while protecting their land at the same time.
The Hill Country is not Houston, not Dallas and not San Antonio. But the encroachment is creeping (and in some places galloping) along every day. I'd love you to help me and the Hill Country Land Trust protect those amazing wide open sky sunset views. And my catch phrase is still the same: Conservation without funding is just conversation.
If you're ever lucky enough to be in Fredericksburg, please drop by our current office on W. San Antonio and Milam. (And if you know anyone in this area, let them know we need some bigger office digs soon!)
Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization and helping us keep those majestic dark skies a reality for decades to come.
Saving the Land features Katherine Peake, HCLT Board Member
It's always great when a national organization highlights the work you're doing and the volunteers who make it happen.
We were thrilled to see the inside coverage of HCLT and the
singling out of our board member Katherine Peake in the latest edition of "Saving Land" produced quarterly by the national Land Trust Alliance.
Katherine did an amazing job heading up the Accreditation process for our land trust which at that time was an all-volunteer effort (and one of the first in the nation to reach this acclimation as such an organization!).
Many thanks again to Katherine and all the HCLT volunteers who worked on this project so that our donors and landowners can be ensured that we're here for the long haul. (And special thanks to one of our conservation easement landowners Melissa Mial's whose beautiful bluebonnet photography of and by Enchanted Rock was shared nationally.)