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Riparian Recovery On the Flooded Blanco River Requires More Than Removing Debris

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Texas Parks and Wildlife

  A group of state and local agencies is putting together a series of workshops for landowners and volunteers who are working on cleaning up debris from Memorial Day floods on the Blanco River.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy and other groups are concerned that people may be doing more harm than good by burning fallen trees and digging out debris from the river banks.

Three one-hour workshops are designed to give workers some guidelines for riparian recovery on the river. They are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week at a different location each day.

Host organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Hill Country Alliance, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas AgriLife Extension, Hays County Master Naturalists, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the City of Blanco, the City of Wimberley..

Who should attend: Landowners, restoration volunteers, residents from Hays County and other interested parties.

Where & When: Three one-hour workshops, each followed by a one-hour field trip:

  • June 10 — The Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco, from 9:30–10:30 a.m., field trip to the Blanco River (exact location TBD but will be announced at the workshop).
  • June 11 — A private residence in Burnett Ranches subdivision from 5-7 p.m. The property is situated along the Blanco River, which we’ll survey as the field trip. (Contact Rachael Ranft at rranft@tnc.org to RSVP and for the location)
  • June 12 — The Wimberley Community Center, breakfast from 8-9 a.m., workshop from 9-10 a.m., field trip to Blue Hole at 10 a.m.

RSVP: Rachael Ranft at rranft@tnc.org