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Natural resource conservation and management

Protecting the land is part of LCRA’s mission. Created in 1934 as a Texas conservation and reclamation district, LCRA owns about 13,300 acres of parkland in the lower Colorado River basin. LCRA also helps private landowners become better stewards of their land through the LCRA Creekside Conservation Program.

 
 

Conservation program breathes new life into
150-year-old ranch

After falling on hard times during the historic drought, a Central Texas ranch that dates back to the 1860s has been rejuvenated, thanks in part to LCRA’s Creekside Conservation Program. The effort to revive the Hoppe-Odiorne Ranch is featured in the February 2016 issue of The Cattleman magazine.

A soil and water conservation partnership

The Creekside Conservation Program is a partnership among LCRA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and local soil and water conservation districts.

The program provides cost-sharing grants to help eligible landowners plan and implement conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and protect water resources.

​​​Eligible Counties

The program is available to agricultural producers in the following counties:

​Bastrop
Blanco
Burnet
Colorado
Fayette
Lampasas​
​Llano
Matagorda
San Saba
Travis
Wharton
Colorado River Land Trust

Helping protect land along the Texas Colorado River


LCRA created the Colorado River Land Trust to help preserve land and water quality in the Colorado River basin for future generations. The trust acquires and manages conservation easements in the Colorado River watershed. Learn more at coloradoriverlandtrust.org.

To Learn More

Email LCRA's Lands and Conservation staff or call 800–776–5272, Ext. 7220.

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How the Creekside Conservation Program helped a landowner restore his San Saba ranch

 

Conservation Practices


LCRA relies on NRCS technical guidelines to determine eligible practices. Some examples include ​brush management, rangeland reseeding, fencing (cross-fencing), livestock watering facilities (wells, waterlines, pumps and troughs), and riparian management (ponds, bank stabilization and buffer strips).


​​Brush management


​​Fencing (cross-fencing)


​​Riparian management (ponds, bank stabilization and buffer strips)​