World Environment Day Brings Conservation in Williamson County
Taking just a single day to learn more about conservation efforts can impact your community, and the world, for the rest of the year.
On June 5th of every year since 1974, the world reimagines conservation efforts and tackles environmental issues. Each year, World Environment Day is hosted by a different country. This is where official celebrations take place. Taking just a single day to learn more about conservation efforts can impact your community, and the world, for the rest of the year. Making a long-term difference, however, is not done in a single day but achieved through changing habits and policies and taking action in your community. You can learn more about your power by downloading the Ecosystem Restoration Playbook.
Conservation in Williamson County
Wilco’s Conservation Foundation was formed by the Williamson County Commissioners Court in 2002 as a non-profit aimed at building a self-sustaining environment and community. The foundation provides for the conservation of endangered species in the community and operates 100% on grants and donations. Below are listed some conservation projects WCCF has worked on.
Designation of critical habitats
In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service ruled the Georgetown and Salado Salamanders as a threatened species. Their proposed special rule allowed for special regulations to protect such species. Later in 2020, changes were suggested. On each occasion, the WCCF team reviewed the proposals and submitted input.
The following cave preserves have been established by the WCCF and recognized as Karst Fauna Areas under the Williamson County Habitat Conservation Plan:
In addition to these, the foundation also manages several smaller preserves in the county, most providing habitat for karst invertebrates. At the current time, only the Twin Springs Preserve is open for anyone with a permit. Learn about the available training sessions by calling (512)943-1921 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Originally, government entities impacting endangered species were required to obtain a special permit from the USFWS. The process for obtaining this permit was complicated and lengthy. The WCCF proposed the Williamson County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan, in which all entities would be able to follow a simplified route to get this permit and comply with the Endangered Species Act. Through voluntary participation in the WCCF, the plan shortens processing times, controls costs, and contributes to protecting species from becoming endangered. You can learn more about the plan with the RHCP Fact Sheet.
We are responsible for the world we live in. There is no planet B. Let’s protect our home together! If you have a photo of yourself working hard to save Mother Earth, please share it on Facebook and tag us in it. We love to see our community working together for the better good of our planet.