Founders:Board of Director 2020:
Bill & Mary Lynn SpanglerMerry Langlinais, President
Chico & Ann NewmanAnn Newman
Bethany Clark Mary Lynn Spangler
Rebecca Neill
Website Administrator: Allan Dyer
Nancy Dyer Dave Edwards
John Cornelius
Beyrl Armstrong
Jeff Braun

Save Our Sabinal
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             Contact us: banderacanyonlandsalliance@earthlink.net

SPRING MEETING - TBA

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Letter from the president

Letter to the editor: Imagine that we live in a quiet, peaceful corner tucked into the canyonlands of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. ... view letter

Questions & Answers on the Direct Wastewater Pollutant Discharge Permit into the Upper Sabinal River

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HogMop reports

It was a slow month for trapping. Remarkably, there are still acorns falling this late in the season, and the hogs are really dialed in on that. Corn just can't compete with natural forage.
Please open the November report for more details.

~John Cornelius

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Vision

Neighbors working together to protect and preserve the natural beauty and rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands.

Mission

The Bandera Canyonlands Alliance (BCA) exists to support landowners working together to share resources, knowledge and experiences for the benefit of the land, water, native plants & animals, and the rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands.

Goals

The BCA is organized and operated to support, protect and preserve the ecological systems that support the biodiversity, water resources, natural beauty and rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands for future generations.  Specific activities of the Organization support the following:

  1. Conservation and enhancement of native plants and wildlife with a focus on maximizing native biodiversity.
  2. Protection and preservation of the abundance and quality of water resources.
  3. Promotion of "best practices" for Ashe juniper (aka mountain cedar) management.
  4. Enhancement and maintenance of landscape integrity.
  5. Education of members and the public on the benefits of good land stewardship in general and on conservation matters in the Bandera Canyonlands in particular.

Bandera Canyonlands Area

The Bandera Canyonlands consists of western Bandera and eastern Real counties.  Lying within the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion, the Bandera Canyonlands is one of the most scenic and biologically rich spots in Texas.  Flat, deep-soil valleys contrast sharply with the rugged limestone bluffs that rise dramatically above them.  The varied elevations, aspects, soils, geology, and moisture conditions in the area create a great variety of habitat types and associated plant and animal communities.  Three federally endangered species occur in the Bandera Canyonlands including the golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, and Tobusch fishhook cactus, as well as endemic species of fish, salamanders, invertebrates, and plants.

The Bandera Canyonlands are rich in water resources. There are numerous springs and groundwater seeps along the river banks and canyon walls that feed the areas drainages and creeks.  These waters, in addition to rainfall, form the headwaters of two of the state's major river basins:  the Medina River, which is part of the San Antonio river basin; and the Sabinal River, which is part of the Nueces river basin.  The underlying aquifer that supports area springflows and many of the shallow wells in the Bandera Canyonlands is the Edwards-Trinity Plateau (Plateau) aquifer.  This aquifer averages around 100 feet in the area and is recharged by the downward percolation of rainwater and runoff from the land surface, both locally and to the north and west in Kerr and Real County.


Bandera Canyonlands Area

Current Activities

Land Management:

Most BCA members manage their properties for the benefit of wildlife. Primary activities include brush management, prescribed fire, feral hog control and white-tailed deer management. Since September 2008, ten BCA members have been participating in a LIP-funded project, which includes the implementation of brush thinning to enhance Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat and prescribed fire to restore and enhance Black-capped Vireo habitat.

Several BCA members manage for the benefit of songbirds, with a focus on the two endangered birds noted above. These landowners have allowed EDF and its consultants to conduct yearly breeding bird surveys to monitor the diversity and abundance of resident and migratory species. In addition, at least six BCA landowners are operating cowbird traps each spring.

Water Management:

Chad Norris with TPWD has conducted spring studies on a number of BCA ranches. The BCA has a water management consultant (Tyson Broad) under contract for the purposes of (a) participating in local and regional water planning meetings on behalf of the BCA and (b) assembling water related information for the Bandera Canyonlands region.

Feral Hog Management:

Currently, 12 BCA members participate in a cooperative feral hog management program, cost-sharing with EDF the expense of a full-time hog trapper. The hog trapper is Jesse Paul McBeth of Utopia. Jesse Paul uses a variety of methods, including box traps and corral traps, as well as specially trained dogs. This program has run continuously since 2003.


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