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Preserving Texas Land, Now and Forever, For Everyone to Enjoy

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Did you know 95% of Texas land is privately owned? With such a small percentage being open to all, how is the land of Texas preserved for future generations? In 1998, the group now known as Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, asked themselves the same question. From there, this San Antonio-based non-profit began the journey to preserve open lands, sustain the natural environment, and enhance the urban realm. This is achieved through land conservation, consistent community engagement, and educational programs which appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Preserving Texas Land, Now and Forever, For Everyone to Enjoy

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The currently estimated population of Texas is 29.10 million, with a growth rate of 1.80%; this ranks us as 3rd in the country. Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas aims for better quality of life today and in the future by protecting undeveloped Texas land and water resources, cultivating urban green spaces and community, and educating the next generation about the environment. To date, Green Spaces Alliance has helped protect over 133,000 acres of land over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, 458 additional acres of private property and 123 acres of donated land, as well as fostered over 40 community gardens, and educated over 3,700 students on the importance and beauty of nature.

Preserving Texas Land, Now and Forever, For Everyone to Enjoy

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One spot of natural beauty within the city is the Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve. Owned and managed by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, this 31-acre plot was gifted to the organization in 2010. Every first Saturday of the month, September through June, guided nature hikes are led by Master Naturalists beginning at 9 a.m., ending at 11:30 a.m. Walking trails, picnic areas, and benches are all being added. Register online for a 1-mile out-and-back nature tour. You’ll see rescue bee hives, bird blinds, a pollinator meadow, and plenty of wildlife. Tours are accessible to all and free, although donations are appreciated. Preserve Texas land as it is today and enjoy it too!