The City of Austin's wildlands provide benefits to our entire community. They are not parks, but rather public lands held in trust for a specific purpose. Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) are managed to conserve habitat for eight endangered species and 27 species of concern, and lands managed as Water Quality Protection Lands (WQPL) optimize the quantity and quality of water recharging the Barton Spring segment of the Edwards Aquifer. In addition to existing as habitat for endangered species, these lands provide habitat for numerous native plants and animals and contribute to improved air and water quality and quality of life for the people of Austin.
Guided Hikes through Austin's Wildlands
History’s Footprints | November 21st | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This hike is just under 3 miles and features hike guides who have a personal connection to this Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) tract of land. The property is named in honor of Dr. Kent Butler, an advocate of the BCP. Join us as we learn about the creation of the BCP, Dr. Butlers commitment to compromise in Austin, and learn about how this land has been used by generations. A special guide will join us who grew up visiting this property and has wonderful stories about its history and the people who have called it home over the last 100 years.Directions to site will be sent after registration.
Onion Creek Exploration | November 22nd | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This is a long, rugged hike that covers 7 miles of terrain. You will see Onion Creek, recharge features and historic structures. Location: Onion Creek Tract FM 967 near 1626.
Habitat Restoration Workdays
Join biologist Jim O'Donnell as he works to restore endangered species habitat on the Vireo tract of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Volunteer workdays take place on Tuesdays and Sundays,throughout November. Workdays include trail building, clearing debris along creeks, invasive species removal, erosion control, tree planting, and seed collecting/planting near RR 360 and FM 2244.
Notes from Austin's Wildlands
Catch up on what's happening in the field with the Wildland Division's blog.
Balcones Canlyonlands Preserve Meet Ups
Want more? Sign up to receive invitations to Balcones Canyonlands Meet Ups! This group was created to encourage awareness of and access to the Balcones Canyonland Preserve (BCP). Members of this group will be in the loop when it comes to special access hikes, lectures and volunteer opportunities.
Information about Austin's Wildlands submitted by Amanda Ross, Environmental Program Coordinator, Austin Water Utility