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Day Trips: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
A National Wildlife Refuge in our midst
"...Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge gives endangered songbirds a home..."

May 29, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Still Struggling
With only 2,500 acres to go in the full 30,000-acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Travis Co. has realized that its anticipated dollars won't go far enough fast enough to meet the federally mandated 2016 deadline set by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the preserve's permit application
"...County have diligently gathered land for the federally stipulated Balcones Canyonlands Preserve for at least a decade. With only..."

April 27, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Support Balcones Canyonlands Preserve
"...7] regarding the challenges we face in ensuring that Balcones Canyonlands Preserve adhere to their mission of preserving endangered..."

April 13, 2006 Postmarks

Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Lands

April 13, 2001 News Feature

Night of the Living BCCP, Part 37
Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan: Half a Loaf?
"...Travis County finally agreed on a framework for the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (BCCP). They agreed to prepare and..."

May 19, 1995 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Flippin' the Birds
Closing parts of Balcones Canyon Preserve angers mountain bikers and doesn't do enough to save wildlife.
"...the gate near the Forest Ridge section of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) wasn't in the mood for love...."

April 13, 2001 News Feature by Dan Oko

The Balcones Situation argued, "Zionism" attributed, and some retaliatory kudos for DAILY TEXAN comics.
"...a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Coordinating Committee, I have been involved in..."

April 20, 2001 Column

Land Mine
public access debate surrounds preservation issue
"...those spots, at least to date, are in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) system. A massive project designed to..."

March 3, 2000 News Feature by Jenny Staff Johnson

Holiday Rambles
Here's a list for exploring Austin's precious parkland
"...Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, 580 acres..."

Dec. 14, 2007 News Feature

To the Lighthouse
After 20 years, WTP4 returns to a still unanswered question: Do we need it?
"...some 40 acres in the Cortaña tract, within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. But instead of resolving the controversy, the..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

WTP No. 4: Still migrating
Stakeholders at city and county level struggle to catch up with City Council's decision about plant location
"...June, council approved proceeding with WTP 4 in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, on land in northwest Austin bought by..."

Aug. 11, 2006 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Our readers talk back.
"...David HamiltonSupport Balcones Canyonlands PreserveDear Editor:..."

April 21, 2006 Column

Birds vs. People at BCP
At least one Austin resident questions wildlife preserve's human-access policies
"...species or the people? That's a question looming over Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, where local citizens are demanding greater recreational..."

Feb. 25, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

A Friend to the Refuge
"...Dear Editor Thank you, Gerald, for writing this article [“Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge,” Day Trips, May 29]. I..."

June 1, 2020 Postmarks

No Surprises in City's Answer to WTP4 Suit
Water plant controversy keeps on churning
"...Code. WTP4's proposed transmission lines cross, in part, the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, home to several endangered species (such as..."

Aug. 27, 2010 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Locals Talk Cash in D.C.
Rail, roads, and BCP lead the Austin delegation's list of talking points
"...roads, rail, economic development, health care issues, and the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge...."

April 9, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Other Sister
Multiple Personalities
"...Creek valley, is within the far-flung boundaries of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and indeed forms one of its critical-habitat..."

July 2, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Ivanhoe tract the city wants to buy for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (see last week's "Council Watch") just fell..."

Aug. 8, 1997 News Feature

Grove Matters
Council kicks the Shoal Creek Tract Case to October
"...Austin Water’s Wildlands division and his supervision of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. To a loud ovation from the audience..."

Aug. 14, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Morrison to Mayor: 'It's Not Personal, It's Policy'
Leffingwell refuses to give up Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Planning Org. seat
"...relinquish his seat on the coordinating committee of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Planning Organization...."

July 4, 2014 News Feature by Amy Smith

Cooper Rejects WTP Lawsuit
Lawsuit alleged city acted in 'bad faith'
"...suit made related claims of potential damage to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve having not been sufficiently reviewed in advance..."

April 22, 2011 News Feature by Michael King

City Hall Hustle: Hell or High Water
WTP4 opposition increasing – and increasingly not on the same page
" violation of the habitat conservation plan governing the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which will ultimately be crossed by underground..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

WTP 4: Home for the Holidays
Road to decades-delayed Water Treatment Plant No. 4 may be coming to amicable end
"...creek's headwaters, the area surrounding it turned into the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The city moved to relocate WTP 4..."

Dec. 28, 2007 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

How Green Grows My County?
'Greenprints' aim to protect our most precious natural lands
" the Hill Country, Edwards Aqui­fer recharge zone, and Balcones Canyon­lands.) The largest swath of high-priority red shows up..."

Dec. 14, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Beside the Point
Council takes long, slow journey into night
"...comment last week was a nonactionable item over the Balcones Canyonlands Pre­serve's land-management plan – specifically, whether to open..."

Nov. 16, 2007 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The $360 Million Question: Where to Put WTP4?
City Council is re-re-rethinking WTP4
"...Cortaña tract, lands co-managed with the county in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The city declared it would build WTP4..."

Aug. 17, 2007 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
"...on Appropriations recently approved $275,000 to expand the 22,000-acre Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and awarded $300,000 to the..."

July 13, 2007 News Feature

Playing Whack-a-Deer at Pace Bend Park
Ex-ranger blasts Travis County culling hunts
"...conducted both at Pace Bend Park and on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, are structured and supervised based on written..."

Feb. 2, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

County Doesn't Blink on City's WTP 4 Challenge
City dangles Bull Creek in front of bulldozers, but county won't take the bait
"...on 45 acres of the Cortaña tract of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (as reported in more detail on"

Oct. 13, 2006 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Beside the Point
The city and county play chicken over Bull Creek and Cortaña
"...two proposed tracts – both in the ecologically sensitive Balcones Canyonlands Preserve – the only viable candidates? More broadly,..."

Oct. 6, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

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