Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters

As our region continues to grow, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is working to protect the land, water and natural heritage that make it such a unique place for all of us to live, work and play. Each of the programs below show different priorities and methods for protecting this region. Click on the categories to learn about what we are doing to protect these unique aspects of our region.

The Texas Hill Country is an area unlike anywhere else. Its diverse geological and natural resources, rich cultures, and long history of ranching, weave together to form a truly unique culture and landscape. The region’s rivers and springs provide abundant habitat for wildlife and recreational uses for residents and tourists. These natural and cultural resources, however, are rapidly being consumed by increasing land fragmentation and development pressures. The GBR Trust, working with private landowners and partner organizations, hopes to conserve the best parts of the Hill Country.

Conservation Easement
Conservation Easement, Blanco County

Conservation Easement
Conservation Easement, Hays County

Rebecca Springs
Rebecca Springs, Comal County

Blanco River
Blanco River on Conservation Easement, Hays County
Healthy coastal ecosystems are critical to sustaining the natural resources that make the coast so vital to the quality of life in Texas. Erosion and flood control, unbeatable recreation opportunities, sustaining a large commercial fishing industry and the improvement of water quality are just a few of the direct benefits that these areas provide to humans. In addition, these wetlands provide high quality habitat to numerous waterfowl, wetland birds and other wildlife. The GBR Trust is working with a variety of partner agencies, including Ducks Unlimited and the San Antonio Bay Foundation, to protect the highest quality wetland sites and to restore degraded habitat along the coast.

Hog Bayou
Hog Bayou on GBR Trust Preserve, Calhoun County

Coastal Wetlands
Coastal Wetlands, St. Charles Bay, Aransas County
Texas is losing its agricultural lands faster than any other state in the nation and farming and ranching have been the historic images depicting the heritage of the state. These rural lands provide food and fiber, clean water, wildlife habitat and support for numerous rural communities. Land fragmentation and development contribute to the loss of these rural lands. Some of the fastest growing areas in the nation are found in the Guadalupe River watershed and working with the local farmers and ranchers, the GBR Trust hopes to protect some of these historic farms and ranches to ensure that they will remain in private ownership and available for agricultural production in the future.

Conservation Easement
Conservation Easement, Kendall County

Conservation Easement
Conservation Easement, Guadalupe County
A vital part of the mission of the GBR Trust is to educate communities about the water and land of the Guadalupe River basin, their values as natural and recreational resources and the importance of protecting these resources. Partnerships with a variety of organizations, agencies and individuals help to deliver the message to a broader audience. Events and workshops are hosted and sponsored by the GBR Trust throughout the watershed. Connect with the GBR Trust on Facebook or Twitter to get more up to date information.

Conservation Easement
Conservation Easement Tour, Hays County

Riparian Area
Riparian Area Tour, Kerr County

Lantana Ridge Ranch Tour
Lantana Ridge Ranch Tour

Conservation Easement Workshop
Conservation Easement Workshop

Williams Ranch Tour
Williams Ranch Tour

Viewing birds on wetland impoundments
Viewing birds on wetland impoundments