The author of the following article apologizes for last week's incorrect article on Eco-Day. Please use the following article for accurate facts and information concerning Eco-Day 2009.
Mark your calendars for June 20, Saturday, when Eco-Day 2009 will be held at the Henly South Fire Station on FM 2325 at Plainview Road, across from Hill Country Ranches (the White Rabbit). Sponsored by Hill Country Ranches Property Owners, the second annual Eco-Day will feature one-hour presentations from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Informative booths will be on display and demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including watershed and aquifer models, and a Rainfall Simulator. Firefighters will be attending the fire truck and giving out stickers.
Bryan Davis, Natural Resource Agent in San Antonio, will talk about oak wilt and wildlife rainwater collectors. Bryan will assemble one of his own “guzzlers” on site, which will be given away as a door prize.
Peter Pfeiffer, a nationally acclaimed architect in Austin, will speak on green building. Clips from his appearances on The Today Show and This Old House can be seen on his website: www.barleypfeiffer.com.
Billy Kniffen, nationally acclaimed rainwater collection specialist with Agri-Life Extension Service, will take the mystery out of rainwater catchment systems for the home.
Jan Fulkerson, Urban Wildland Interface Specialist with the Texas Forest Service, will talk about the Firewise Program and how to protect your home from wildfire. Smokey Bear will be on hand, too!
Roger Jennings from Texas Solar Power Company will explain the ins and outs of solar power in the home.
Jamie Kinscherff with Argus Ecoservices will speak about land management and land stewardship.
Ray Franklin, Hays County Master Naturalist, will cover Range Grasses, native and adapted plants, and how land stewardship can affect diversity.
Several demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. 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. The Rainwater Simulator shows what happens to rain when it falls on different ground surfaces—pavement, roofs, grassy land, and overgrazed land. A miniature compost pile will show how composting works and how it can benefit one’s garden as well as the landfill. Live critters will be on display to help educate their human cohabiters. Booths will be set up for more information on a variety of related subjects.
Lunches will be available for purchase, which will include sandwiches, chips, cookies, and water or tea.
Plan to spend the day at Eco-Day for informative presentations, fun demonstrations, door prizes, and hands-on displays. See website for schedule and contact information: www.hcrpo.org.