Hill Country Naturalist

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How to Live in the Country Without Spoiling It

Often, in talks to various groups on the subject of our native habitat, I say there are three forces over which we have very little control but which are decreasing the amount of native habitat in the Hill Country.

The three are: (1) farm and ranch land sold to development {housing projects, shopping centers, schools, parking lots, roads, etc.}; (2) land fragmentation of larger ranches being broken up into many small parcels, thus, giving myself and many others a place to live in the country; and (3) the projected doubling of the state population in the next 30 to 50 years. Economics is obviously the main driver for all of the above.

But, when you look at it carefully, it turns out that there are a certain number of land management options that those of us who are the recipients (consumers) of the land fragmentation can do to partially mitigate some of the problems created by the fragmentation and our living on small acreages in the country.


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