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Windgate Ranch lies over the recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer--the city's sole drinking water supply. Native species include live oak, Spanish oak, ashe juniper, many varieties of grasses and wildflowers, and the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. TPL has been working since 1994 top protect the Edwards Aquifer. This is the first acquisition utilizing funds from Proposition 3, a public finance initiative approved by San Antonio voters in May, 2000.

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TPL partnered with the Western Governors' Association and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to author "Purchase of Development Rights: Conserving Lands, Preserving Western Livelihoods." The report details the ways that PDR helps Western landowners achieve personal and financial goals and also helps the public realize goals of land protection. Full report.

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The 1,271-acre property includes one of the few remaining mature forests within the Austin's Woods coastal ecosystem--internationally significant wildlife habitat just one hour from Houston. The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge serves as a stop for songbirds migrating between North America and South America. To date, TPL has helped protect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protect more than 4400 acres in its Austin Woods ecosystem.

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Public and private partners are working to conserve 2,200 acres of environmentally significant bottomland hardwood forest surrounding the Lake. Immediately north of Brazos Bend State Park, the tract has been eyed for development. After the acquisition, the land would be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an addition to the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

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This prime recharge land for the Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio's sole source of drinking water, also offers recreation and wildlife habitat. This 400-acre addition, TPL's third, brings Government Canyon to 7,043 acres.

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Valarie Bristol has played a key role in conservation efforts in Travis County and was cofounder of the Austin Metropolitan Trails Council, now known as Austin Metro Trails and Greenways. Ms. Bristol comes to TPL from her position as an associate with Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, LLP., where her practice emphasized public law.

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