All the action will be at Rec Hall, Thursday, March 26, 5:30 pm, for the Parks Board meeting. The board will have 5 new members, who will be treated to a busy first meeting.
Most important will be Dr. Thom Hardy’s presentation on the effects of removing Cape’s Dam. Dr. Hardy has been running a study modeling the effects on the river ecology of full removal, half removal, or rebuilding at the current height of the dam. U. S. Fish and Wildlife has stated that they will fund the removal of the dam, based on their understanding of the benefits to Texas Wild Rice of restoring the river to a more natural state.The board will discuss and make a recommendation to city council.
There will also be discussion and a possible recommendation on the possibility of creating a city arborist, horticulturalist and or a natural area manager. Our neighbor Vincent Debrock made an excellent presentation last month on the benefits to the city’s fiscal and environmental health that a city arborist could provide. Todd Derkacz also spoke to the board regarding the natural area manager position, something the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance has been advocating for for some time. The agenda at last month’s meeting was for a presentation only, so it was put on this month’s agenda for discussion and recommendation.
There will also be a presentation on the Hillside Ranch II parking and trail head work. The parking and trail head is on N LBJ, just past the intersection of N LBJ and Holland, between Elm Hill Ct and the Hillside Ranch II apartments. This will allow us to easily access the trail system in Spring Lake Natural Area.
There’s plenty more on the agenda, including possible changes to park ordinances, and a presentation on “Endozoochorous seed dispersal by white-tailed deer.” It’s about the spread of invasive plants by deer. There’s something for everyone.