Cibolo Wins Lone Star Award from Texas Parks & Wildlife
By: Bri Corpus
The Lone Star Land Steward Award was created by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1996 to recognize and honor private landowners who demonstrate exemplary land stewardship. These awards celebrate individuals and organizations with at least 100 acres of land who go above and beyond in conserving and managing that land’s natural resources, contributing to the protection and preservation of Texas’ diverse ecosystems and wildlife habitats for generations to come.
The Lone Star Land Steward Award highlights the critical role that landowners play in conservation. Private landowners’ control over 95% of land in Texas, and their willingness to adopt sustainable land management practices is essential for protecting and preserving the state’s natural resources. By recognizing and promoting good land stewardship practices, this award program encourages more landowners to adopt similar practices. Further, it helps to raise public awareness about the importance of conservation and sustainable land management.
On May 25th, the Cibolo Center for Conservation accepted its first Lone Star Land Steward Award! We are honored to be among other 2023 Lone Star Land Steward Award winners: Kocurek Farm in Weimar (Blackland Prairie region), Melton Ranch in Roby (Rolling Plains region), Prairie Rose Ranch in Miller Grove (Post Oak Savannah region), Quahadi Ranch in Dublin (Crosstimbers region), and Zesch Family Ranch in Mason (Edwards Plateau region). These ranchers and farmers have chosen to view their land as a valuable resource for the environment as a whole and voluntarily participate in environmental research with local universities, protect native plants, habitats, and animal species, and implement sustainable land management practices.
This award validates the work we do as a Center for Conservation and encourages us to continue to do more. Already, we have set a national standard for nature centers, we promote public concern for conservation through workshops and partnerships with local organizations, and our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to improve native habitats on our 160+acres. From past accomplishments, such as collaborating with the City of Boerne and the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership on the Clean Water Act Water Protection Plan, to our most recent efforts educating the public on and promoting Prop A in Kendall County, the Cibolo has worked hard to advocate for the environment. And we do not intend to stop.
We are grateful for the support we continually receive from our community. To our friends and neighbors who have generously given their time, treasures, or talents many times over our 35 years, or even just once, thank you! We couldn’t have done this without you!