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 based on the mission of the program under which they are managed. Those managed under the Division's Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) Program conserve habitat for seven endangered species and 28 species of concern. Those managed under the Division's Water Quality Protection Lands (WQPL) Program optimize the quantity and quality of water recharging the Barton Spring segment of the Edwards Aquifer.
Created in 2002 by the action of City Council, the Wildland Conservation Division is within Austin Water. Though not directly connected to the delivery of drinking water and treatment of wastewater, the wildlands absorb rainfall, helping to alleviate flooding and prolong the inflow of water to area creeks and lakes, ultimately contributing to the Colorado River, Austin's source of drinking water. Management of the wildlands towards a thriving ecosystem also contributes to good water quality in our creeks, streams and underlying aquifers.
Benefits of Wildlands
Absorb rainfall and reduce flooding
Store and slowly release water into creeks, prolonging their flow
Filter pollution and dilute impacts of development
Protect habitat for a wide variety of wildlife
Conserve native plants as a genetic seed bank for the future
Enhance air quality through presence of vegetation
Preserve aspects of cultural history
Provide access on some tracts for recreation and education
Serve as locations for research
Offer beautiful views adding to Austin's quality of life and reputation as a community that values its environment
To learn more about Austin Water Wildlands Division, visit austintexas.gov/wildlands.
Contact: 512-972-1660, 3621 South Ranch Road 620, Austin, TX 78738