A celebration of Margo's life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, c/o the Margaret Fisher Bishop Memorial Fund. Click here to make a donation in her memory or mail donations to SMGA PO Box 1572, San Marcos, TX 78667 and note on the check the memorial fund.
Description: Collect, edit, format, and post articles onto the Loop, SMGA's online newsletter.
Approximate time requirement: Initial 2-hour training session, then about 15 minutes / week.
Desired skills: Basic familiarity with technology and proofreading.
You have probably never heard of Crystal Creek in San Marcos, unless you are friends with the Lochman brothers. They grew up in a house near the Southern end of Craddock Street, and as children they would wander down to the creek bed and find beautiful crystals. They would load up their Red Flyer wagon and bring them to sell for nickels and dimes. Eventually, their childhood geologic oasis was covered up with fill dirt during the construction of a subdivision on either side of the waterway. As adults, they created the Crystal Creek Boys, a bluegrass/Americana band, named in memorial for their creek. You may have caught this band playing at last year's Naturescape Photography Contest.
The creek, a tributary to Purgatory, has five existing parks along it. San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance envisions creating interconnected parks along waterways - land that cannot be built upon due to the dangers of flash flooding. These long corridors of greenspace are perfect for hike and bike traffic, wildlife habitat and watershed protection - features that improve the economic value of surrounding land, the natural integrity, and the quality of life in San Marcos. So SMGA is putting Crystal Creek on its maps, and working towards a vision of a Crystal Creek Greenbelt.
Photo Hike at Ringtail Ridge
Join Clint King and other photographers for a guided hike and learn nature photography techniques. Bring your camera and get some great photos in time to submit to the Naturescapes contest.
June 12, 10 am - National Get Outdoors Day
Kids' Hike at Nature Center
Join us for a walk around the Nature Center then to the wetlands across from Rio Vista dam. We'll return to the Nature Center for a fun craft. Great for all ages - strollers welcome.
Todd Derkacz receives the award from Mark Carter.
SMGA has used blue blazes to make it easier for visitors to find their way around in some situations and when our trail crew volunteers get ahead of the raging spring growth that is choking some of our trails, we will get in and apply more blazes for our visitors.
At Spring Lake Preserve you can park in the northwest corner of the parking lot at the Texas Rivers Center and look toward the maintenance building across Laurel Lane. A blue blaze is on a large cedar elm. If you cautiously cross the street and look ahead to the left the next blaze can be seen, walk to that and the next one can be seen on a tree beyond and so on. The blazes will lead through the Texas State maintenance area up to the actual preserve where trails begin at an eagle scout kiosk. Spring Lake directions + photos. The warmer weather and the end of the abundant spring growth will enable SMGA volunteers to post blue blazes and some signage on the wilderness trails over the next few months.
At Blanco Shoals we will see improvements once the entrance is made secure from the trucks that have been driving in and tearing up the terrain; improvements to natural areas just are not worth it when the lawless types of visitors are dominating the scene.
Spring Lake Preserve is about to have major improvements put on the ground with an ADA trail winding up the hill from the current entrance at the Texas Rivers Center. The signage and trail activity will make it much easier to find and access.
Upper Purgatory is a kind of moving target in terms of access because the construction of a major water line through the area and then the Wonder World Drive Extension with connection to Craddock Avenue all meant the dirt entrance road had to be rerouted a number of times.
Here is where Franklin Street ends and the dirt entrance road begins to the right. There is a cattleguard just after the turn and then you will travel another 100 yards or so before taking a hard left.
After the turn towards Wonder World, the road crosses the roadway through what will be the new intersection with Craddock. Visitors should make their way to the top on the hill (to the spot indicated by the purple arrow).
After crossing the new parkway go up the hill and turn left.
Zoning Efforts Go Back to Square One, San Marcos Daily Record, May 14
Portion of Buie Tract to Restart Rezoning Process, San Marcos Mercury 14
Environmentalists Oppose Craddock Extension, San Marcos Local News, May 13
Kyle Nature Preserve Earns Envision Honor, San Marcos Daily Record, May 13
Hays County Settles Suit Over Hamilton Pool Pollution, San Marcos Mercury, May 13
Why is this a concern? Your safety. You need to see what's on the trail ahead. Are there any dips, holes or roots that might cause a trip hazard? Any critters lying nearby?
SMGA is aware of the issue and attempting to get more resources to resolve the problem. In the meantime, if you see a trail crew member, give them a big thank you! They're out there working hard to help keep you safe.