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Eco-Day at Hill Country Ranches
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 2, 2009

Save Saturday, June 7th, for Eco-Day, a day of fun and information at the Henly South Fire Station on FM 2325 at Plainview Road. One-hour presentations from 9:00 to 5:00 will be offered as well as interesting demonstrations for kids and parents alike.

Watch how rain travels through the Edwards, Glen Rose, and Trinity aquifers using a model aquifer showing the different layers of gravel, rocks, and clay through which rainwater trickles.

The Rainwater Simulator shows what happens to rain when it falls on different ground surfaces—pavement, roofs, grassy land, and overgrazed land.

Powdered drinks and cocoa help show how silt and fertilizers affect our water systems using a watershed model which includes miniature houses, a factory, and a farm with a stream flowing to a lake.

Learn the basics of composting by watching the construction of a simple compost pile.

Trained firemen from the Hays County #6 Henly Battalion will be handing out stickers and fireman hats to kids of all ages. The fire truck will be available for anyone interested in seeing the firefighting equipment or to climb on the truck.

Mark Peterson, Project Coordinator for San Antonio Water System and former South Central Community Forester for the Texas Forest Service, will offer beautiful alternatives to traditional lawns, ways to conserve water, and talk about how San Antonio was able to lower its water consumption.

Gail McGlamery, Program Coordinator for Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, will describe several ideal wildlife habitats for several natives, including some endangered species. Gail earned a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries from Texas A&M University and has been an environmental educator for over 16 years, working with audiences abroad through Peace Corps and domestically through national and grass roots organizations. In her current role she oversees the education and volunteer programs for Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division.

Bryan Davis, Agriculture/Natural Resources Agent for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Hays County, will show several different types of rainwater collection systems both for the home and for wildlife. Bryan will explain the value of land stewardship and the importance of conserving our water.

Stephen Colley, Green Building Coordinator for the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy in San Antonio, will share his knowledge on building and renovating for healthy, efficient, and environmentally appropriate Hill Country living.

Jamie Kinscherff and Karen Archer, both Master Naturalists, will demonstrate the Rainwater Simulator. Jamie will explain how to develop a land management plan suited to your home and land. He’ll also talk about Ashe Juniper control and restoration of land. Karen will concentrate on purple martins and the invasive cowbird.

After being named to the Department of Energy’s list of Solar America Cities last summer, Austin received $185,000 to expand its efforts to increase solar power use. Vincent Guerrero, Project Manager at Texas Solar Power Company, will explain the benefits and various uses of solar power for your home and ranch. He will talk about the importance of harnessing one of our most abundant and renewable resources: rays of the sun.

Plan to spend the day at Eco-Day for informative presentations, fun demonstrations, and hands-on displays. Lunches will be available for purchase which will include a sandwich from Rolling in Thyme and Dough, homemade cookie, and water or tea. See website for schedule and contact: Sponsored by Hill Country Ranches Property Owners.

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