OT: City of Austin looking for volunteers
- As some of you are aware, I volunteer with the COA at one of their
water quality protection lands leading nature hikes.
They're looking for additional volunteers as noted below. So far,
we've only worked on the Slaughter creek tract in southwest Austin,
but there are lands throughout the area.
In case you aren't aware, the Water Quality Protection Lands are
tracts of land that are purchased thanks to the voters of Austin and
set aside from development. The city has several thousand acres
either under direct purchase or conservation easements and they hope
to add more with the upcoming bond vote.
If you're interested, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with
the proper contacts (rather than listing them on a public board).
Also feel free to pass this along to any other interested groups.
I am pleased to announce some upcoming training opportunities on the
City's Water Quality Protection Lands (WQPL) offered by our partner,
the Hill Country Foundation (HCF) for the Wildland Conservation
Division (WCD). The Hill Country Foundation is conducting the two-day
training workshops in order to assist the WQPL in their efforts to
provide conservation education as well as volunteer activities for the
citizens of Austin and the surrounding areas. When volunteers have
completed the training, the WCD program will manage and direct the
activities of trained volunteers.
Three training workshops will be offered this fall -- one interpretive
guide training and two trainings for land stewards -- as detailed
below. We are seeking individuals that are experienced and comfortable
in a wildland setting, either through participation in Wildland
volunteer or other activities. Each of these trainings is a two-day
commitment over a single weekend, 7-8 hours on Saturday and 4-5 hours
on Sunday afternoon.
Tour Guide Training----November 4&5, 2006
Building upon their previous success, HCF will conduct this training
on one of the WQPL properties. Volunteers will be trained to lead an
interpretive hiking tour in a wildland setting without facilities. The
hike will be classified as challenging due to the length of the route
and the sloped terrain.
Land Steward Training----December 2 & 3, 2006 and again on January 13
& 14, 2007
This training will be conducted on a WQPL tract where classroom and
hands-on field training will be provided. Training activities will
include plant identification, seed collecting, reseeding, cave clean
outs, tree planting, and others. Volunteers will be trained to lead
groups of volunteers in performing some of the tasks mentioned on a
recurring basis and with minimal supervision.