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June 17, 2019

Hays County Master Naturalists contribute an incredible amount to the City of Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands and Balcones Canyonlands Preserve programs. They restore endangered species habitat on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and healthy and diverse native grasslands on the Water Quality Protection Lands. They have contributed thousands of hours towards ecosystem restoration, research, and education to protect, enhance, and promote our precious natural resources in Hays County and beyond. Hays County Master Naturalists are some of our most dedicated volunteer participants and leaders, always stepping up to take on leadership roles and extend our capacity to do more good on the lands. We are thankful, not only for the many hours of hard work that these great folks do, but for their passion, curiosity, dedication, and good humor that make them so fun to partner with.

Audrey Stewart
Volunteer Coordinator Wildland Conservation Division

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 May 24, 2019 Friends,

Travis Audubon’s Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary is a 12 acre suburban refuge established for the protection of native avian species and other indigenous wildlife.

Maintenance of this small, green Hill Country jewel is dependent on the hard work of many volunteers. Since 2006, members of the Hays County Master Naturalists have been instrumental in our habitat management and restoration efforts. Whether hauling out slash, removing non-native and invasive vegetation, re-vegetating restoration areas or general trail maintenance, HCMN has been an important conservation partner.

Congratulations to the Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program on your 20thAnniversary. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.

Georgean and Paul Kyle

Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary Stewards
14246 Hunters Pass
Austin, TX 78734

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June 18, 2019

To the Hays County Texas Master Naturalists, 

I don't believe I can put into words the exact impact the Hays County Master Naturalists have had on Blue Hole Regional Park. It's a strong partnership like no other. The investment of time, expertise, and passion are unmatched to anything I've experienced. The HCMNs love and care for Blue Hole Regional Park like it's their own backyard. To be a bit more specific, the HCMNs have logged hundreds of hours volunteering on our Blue Hole Volunteer Wednesdays led by MN Christine Byrne. This group has performed a variety of work such as rebuilding trails, pulling invasives, planting natives, cedar clearing, and much more. We have MNs planning summer "Explorations Stations", nature-themed booths offering environmental education to park visitors. MNs have led interpretive hikes through Blue Hole for years. 

They have volunteered at nearly every park event such as Blue Christmas, Boo Hole, Nature Camps, Star Parties, and more. Not only have they dedicated their time, but they have gifted us their knowledge and passion. As management, I've been able to lean on the HCMNs as a resource for many years for proper natural resource management, interpretation of native flora and fauna, and history of Blue Hole and Wimberley.

The Hays County Master Naturalists are as valued as any staff member at Blue Hole. I hope the park continues this relationship for many years to come. 

Thank you for your time and dedication, 

Rebecca Manning
Parks Director

City of Wimberley Parks Department

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The HCMN chapter has been and continues to be a catalyst for the operations at Westcave Preserve. Each of our volunteers represents a unique blend of knowledge and dedication that gives guests an amazing nature based experience. Every project, program or tour is supplied with smiles, laughter and a can do attitude. Westcave would not be the same without our HCMN volunteers and we are so very thankful for your dedication to support us as a part of your community. I have lost track of the number of times a HCMN volunteer has been available on a last minute basis to “Save the Day” and allow Westcave to provide more experiences to the public. I am and Westcave is forever grateful. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! We look forward to making many more awesome memories with our HCMN crew.   

Paul Vickery
Education Director
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Cent

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