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People - and companies - move here, and want to stay here, because it's a wonderful, beautiful place to be.

Your contribution today helps HCC provide much-needed recreational access to nature via the Violet Crown Trail and protect large, strategic tracts of open space that conserve critical water features.

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Phone Number: 512-328-2481
Address: Post Office Box 163125
Austin, TX 78716
Every week more than 1,000 people hike and bike on the Violet Crown Trail. The VCT provides well-maintained and safe access to nature stretching from Zilker Park to Sunset Valley.

Hiking the Violet Crown Trail from Zilker Park to the 290 Trailhead is - on average - about 10,000 steps. Take a hike for Amplify Austin day and tell us how many steps you took. Then, show your love for the trail by giving one cent for every step you take:
• 10,000 steps = $100
• 5,000 steps = $50
• 2,500 steps = $25
• 1,000 steps = $10

People - and companies - move here and want to stay here because it's a wonderful, beautiful place to be. The future economic success of Central Texas (and the Hill Country) is tied to how well we balance our growth and the preservation of precious natural resources.

Hill Country Conservancy is on track to bring our conservation total to over 10,000 acres in 2018! That's 10,000 acres of land that will be here forever. Giving just one cent for every acre ensures we can continue our work to protect land and water in Central Texas forever.
• 10,000 acres = $100
• 5,000 acres = $50
• 2,500 acres = $25
• 1,000 acres = $10

Impact Statement

Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) works every day to preserve open space in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer region and Colorado River Basin of the Texas Hill Country.

HCC works to conserve the water quality and quantity of the Hill Country rivers and streams and preserve the working farms and ranches. This conservation work has a direct and positive impact on all citizens who depend on the Edwards Aquifer for their drinking water and on these farms and ranches for their food source.

HCC staff helps plan and implement statewide land trust conferences that educate land owners and other citizens throughout the Hill Country/Edwards Aquifer Region. Participants at these conferences also include landowners, land trust managers and government officials from Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Tyler, and San Antonio.

HCC has taken the lead on the Violet Crown Trail, which once completed, will be a more than 30-mile trail system running from Zilker Park in the heart of Austin, all the way into rural areas of Hays County. The trail will be instrumental in providing healthy recreational opportunities to tens of thousands of Texans, helping to ensure better physical and mental health.This natural trail corridor will also help ensure clean air, water and wildlife habitat.

HCC is actively collaborating with decision-makers, other land trusts and trade organizations and public interest groups statewide to create the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Advisory Council, which will create standards for and incentivize private lands preservation agreements.

HCC serves on the advisory council of the Texas Coalition for Conservation, which educates decision-makers statewide regarding the benefits of preserving Texas's natural ecology and recreational resources.

HCC is a member of the Texas Land Trust Council serving citizens across the state.

HCC conducts regular tours for scouts and other youth groups on its open space lands and teaches these young citizens best management practices for habitat restoration.

HCC implements comprehensive ecological restoration programs on its own and in partnerships with landowners and public agencies to ensure clean water and better air quality across the aquifer region.

Needs Statement

Donations to HCC fund the labor that's needed to leverage public funds into successful conservation projects. Our staff of wildlife scientists, conservation professionals, and real estate experts help landowners, elected officials, and regional planners identify land for conservation projects. Then HCC works with these partners to shepherd the projects through to completion. We may not have a huge budget, but we're efficient and we're effective.

Please make a tax-deductible gift today to help Hill Country Conservancy protect open space and the Texas Hill Country.
"I look for smart organizations that know how to leverage every dollar, and HCC knows how to do that better than any conservation organization I know."
- Gary Farmer
(President, Heritage Title)
(Chair, Opportunity Austin Economic Development Initiative)
(Hill Country Conservancy, Founding Board of Directors)

Growth brings with it both good and bad. From an environmental standpoint, we felt that this countryside was too beautiful, too pristine to just see go unmanaged. The best way to help shape the future is to help create it. That's why I support and continue to support Hill Country Conservancy."
- Tom Meredith
(Co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Managers, Meritage Capital)
(Former CEO, MFI Capital) (Former CFO, Dell)
(Hill Country Conservancy Supporter)

"Our property is but one piece of the larger effort by HCC to preserve and protect the beauty and values of open spaces. Our land contributes to the well-being of the Edwards Aquifer, of the wildlife that roams well beyond our property lines, of the agribusiness that is vital to the Texas economy, and of the scenic views all who pass by are able to enjoy. What HCC does to continually preserve more open spaces, and share links to resource management, makes our individual efforts seem worthwhile."
-Denton Ragland
(Landowner and Rancher)

"The Hill Country Conservancy team has built a powerful, and achievable, vision for the strategic preservation of open space. They have accomplished this feat by creating an initiative that is fun and enlightening. The HCC team helped me understand that the rolling hills, bountiful creeks, groves of Cypress and wildlife can be preserved for all to enjoy."
- Matt Curtis
(Founding member of HCC's Emerging Professionals In Conservation (EPIC) group)
(Director of Government Relations, Home Away)
(Former Communications Director, Office of the Mayor, City of Austin)

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Matching Funds Description

Every donation made to Hill Country Conservancy on #AmplifyATX day will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous anonymous donor who is providing a $1-for-$1 match up to $12,000!
The Shield-Ayres Foundation has offered a $11,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating environmental organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
Monthly Violet Crown Trail Cleanups (first Sunday of every month): https://www.meetup.com/Emerging-Professionals-in-Conservation/
Volunteer opportunities will also be available on It's My Park Day (Spring & Fall), National Public Lands Day, and National Trails Day