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Wildland Notes From The Field

January 29, 2016 - 15:00:31

Frostweed Winter's Magic by William Reiner, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Biologist

If you were intrepid enough to be outside on our coldest day of the winter to...

Tagged: frostweed cold weather vegetation

January 08, 2016 - 16:15:11

A Silver Lining of Smoke by Matt McCaw, Water Quality Protection Lands Biologist 

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas...

Tagged: prescribed fire

October 23, 2015 - 16:35:32

There Isn’t an App for That

-From Water Quality Protection Lands Biologist Matt McCaw

“Curiosity, awareness, attention.  Those are the...

Tagged: native plants

May 14, 2015 - 16:07:28


-By Water Quality Protection Lands Biologist Matt McCaw

I recently walked an area of the Water Quality Protection Lands that we had burned in the summer.  Before...

Tagged: water quality protection lands, austin history

May 14, 2015 - 12:08:55

First Child in the Woods

Water Quality Protection Land Biologist Matt McCaw provides his impressions of working with school groups on Wildlands....


About this blog

The City of Austin conserves over 40,000 acres in Travis and Hays County through Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division. Wildland staff share their experiences working to manage, conserve, and protect these uniquely Austin properties. If you’d like to take a tour or a hike of a Wildland property, signup to help volunteer or attend a guided hike.