The projects were recommended by the Parks and Open Spaces Committee and were selected due to their unique attributes.
To support this effort, Hays County created a website with a “story map” that provides information on each specific project and the ways it can benefit citizens. It shows how the project aids water quality protection and protects endangered species. Plus, it outlines ways the public can utilize each space.
There’s a movement afoot to set aside half the earth for nature to thrive. A first step is to protect 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030. It’s a bold vision, and winning it will require lots of smaller victories at local, county, state and national levels.
So, while the voters of Hays County weren’t voting on a 30 percent by 2030 goal per se, they were voting to protect more nature, and with more victories like this, we’ll get there. Kudos to Hays County.
Photo credits: Jcutrer//Wikimedia and Steve Maslowski/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service