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Connemara Conservancy easement Strain Family Farm

Among the more than 6,000 acres protected by Connemara are 121 acres of the Strain Family Farm in Dallas County. For over 100 years the Strain family has farmed this land near Lancaster. Today the family is dedicated to preserving open space as well as the agricultural history, culture and character for future generations.

All of us at the Connemara Conservancy want to thank everyone that made 2016 such a special year for land conservation in North Texas. [Read more…]

Jim Watkins named to Connemara board

Connemara welcomes Jim Watkins of Rockwall to the Connemara Conservancy Board of Trustees.

Jim is a software engineer with extensive experience in managing organizations, sales and business development, nurturing and developing customers, managing software development, process improvement, and personnel acquisition, development and retention.

He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for VolunteerNow. Prior to joining VolunteerNow, he was Sales Director/Program Manager for Precision Technology Inc. after three decades in various management positions at Texas Instruments.

He also has been a long-time supporter of Connemara and our mission of protecting open space and providing environmental education throughout North Texas.

Welcome to the board, Jim.

A perfect day for Madness in the Meadow

MeadowLead600Despite the early morning showers, Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for our first Maze Madness in the Meadow. THANK YOU! to everyone that joined us and we hope to see you back on a regular basis. [Read more…]

Connemara to protect 550 acres of the Rockin’ K Ranch in Navarro County

The beauty of the Rockin’ K Ranch on full display.

The beauty of the Rockin’ K Ranch on full display.

We are excited to announce that Connemara will provide protection for 550 acres of the Rockin’ K Ranch in Corsicana thanks to a recently signed conservation easement.

The easement will protect a portion of a large family cattle ranch in perpetuity. The land within the easement will also serve as a mitigation bank, protecting the flood plain of the Chambers Creek, which has been determined to be impaired by the state environmental protection agency.

“This area has potential to serve as an environmental training venue for wetlands education, waterfowl habitat and water quality work on polluted streams,” said Ray J. Kane, whose family owns the Rockin’ K Ranch.

Connemara Conservation Director R.J. Taylor explains that we will be able to enhance water quality entering the water way by using restored tributaries and wetlands.

The signing of the easement increases the amount of land protected by  Connemara to more than 6,000 acres as both fee land holdings and under conservation easements. This means that we have more than doubled the amount of land under our protection over the past five years.

The reason for this growth is simple. The explosive rate of development throughout Texas has dramatically increased interest in land conservation. Almost daily we are contacted by landowners, local governments and even forward-thinking developers about ways to protect important remaining parts of our landscape.

We are proud that for more than three decades the Connemara Conservancy has been at the forefront of land conservation and environmental education in North Texas. We look forward to making many more announcements such as this in the near future.

Connemara Conservancy Board President Marcus Yarbrough (left), Conservation Director RJ Taylor (Center) and landowner Ray Kane at the signing of an easement that moved Connemara over the 6,000 acre mark of conserved land in North Texas.

Connemara Conservancy Board President Marcus Yarbrough (left), Conservation Director RJ Taylor (Center) and landowner Ray Kane at the signing of an easement that moved Connemara over the 6,000 acre mark of conserved land in North Texas.

Enjoy “Into The Meadow” in pictures

Photographer Skyler Fike captured all the magic of this year’s Into The Meadow celebration. Enjoy his photos and relive the memories by clicking here to go to the gallery.

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