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Nature Conservancy Protects Land along Blanco River

December 16, 2019 12:13 am

An important piece of Texas Hill Country land was recently purchased by The Nature Conservancy near homes in San Marcos TX.

More than 530 acres at the former El Rancho Cima Boy Scout Camp will be preserved by the Conservancy in conjunction with Hays County. This iconic piece of property is situated along the famous Devil’s Backbone ridge and contains a section of the Blanco River. The parcel is located 18 miles west of San Marcos.

For 60 years the property was part of the 2,382-acre El Rancho Cima Boy Scout camp. When many of the camp’s buildings were destroyed in a 2015 flood, the Scouts opted to sell the entire property rather than rebuild.

The land was purchased on November 22 for $13 million. Hays County contributed $7 million. The Nature Conservancy will hold temporary ownership until a future date when Hays County takes it over at cost. At that time the Conservancy will retain a conservation easement to protect the land in perpetuity.

Texas is the country’s fastest-growing state, with the population expected to double by 2050. Hays County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Conservation groups are taking steps now to preserve the natural landscape that helps draws people to the state and provides habitat for numerous species of rare and endangered wildlife and plants.

There is also growing concern for water quality in the area. The newly preserved parcel will help keep the Blanco River clean for wildlife as well as human residents. Limited public access will be permitted on the land with plans for hiking trails and access to the river.

The new preserve will be within a short drive of Buffington’s TRACE and Blanco Vista communities in San Marcos. Nature lovers will appreciate Blanco Vista’s location next to the Blanco River and Five Mile Dam Park. The area offers plenty of natural beauty and opportunities for recreation. The community also has its own stocked fishing pond and several miles of hiking trails.

Call Buffington Homes today at 512-856-5664 to arrange your personal tour of the TRACE and Blanco Vista communities of new homes in San Marcos TX.

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