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Spring Lake Preserve Dedication Held
Southwest Region, August 20, 2007
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On August 20, 2007, Service representatives attended the dedication of the 251-acre Spring Lake Preserve in San Marcos, Texas.  The preserve was acquired in part with Section 6 (Endangered Species) funds.  Speakers at the dedication included the San Marcos mayor, Texas State University President, State Director for the Nature Conservancy, and the Hays County judge.  Senator Jeff Wentworth was among numerous attendees at the dedication.  The preserve is within the contributing watershed, located immediately upstream of San Marcos Springs/Spring Lake, and partially within the southern Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.  Seven endangered and threatened species will benefit from the preserve, including the golden-cheeked warbler and six aquatic species that occur in the San Marcos ecosystem.  The site was once the planned location for a hotel and conference center and will now be preserved and managed as a nature preserve and one of the largest pieces of parkland in the City.  The city plans to manage the land as open space with a few hiking trails.  The City and Texas State University also plan to offer educational programs and birding. The Service and other partners were presented with a framed photo taken on the preserve.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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