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[CALL TO ORDER]

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ALL RIGHT.

IT IS, UH, 6 0 3.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL THIS REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION TO ORDER.

IT'S AUGUST 2ND, 6 0 3.

UM, WE'RE UP AT 63 10 WILHELMINA DELCO DRIVE, AND WE'LL DO ROLL CALL, STARTING WITH THE REMOTE PEOPLE.

UM, BRIER.

HERE.

SHERA.

SHERA HERE.

THANK YOU.

CHRIS.

SHE GETS FULL CREDIT.

YEAH, I'M HERE.

EINHORN? HERE.

BEDFORD? HERE.

RANDBERG.

I'M HERE.

BRISTOL? HERE.

COFER HERE.

SULLIVAN HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S KEEP GOING.

THANK YOU GUYS.

DO WE HAVE ANY GENERAL PUBLIC

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

COMMENTS? OKAY.

UM, SO, UH, THE FIRST ITEM UP FOR

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

IS REVIEW APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE LAST MEETING, WHICH WAS ONE MONTH AGO.

UM, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ON THE MINUTES THAT WERE PROMULGATED? MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

MRS. BERG.

I'LL SECOND.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? RAISE YOUR HAND.

LOOKS TO BE UNANIMOUS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, COMMISSIONER EINHORN, THIS IS YOUR

[2. New Environmental Commission member welcome and introduction (5 minutes)]

FAVORITE, FAVORITE AGENDA ITEM HERE.

UH, NEXT, UH, WE'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU, UH, UH, THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING.

UM, OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED ANY OF THE MEETINGS 'CAUSE UH, WE'RE A PRETTY CRAZY GROUP.

SO, UM, UH, THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING.

WHY DON'T YOU GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON, ON MAYBE YOUR, YOUR WHAT, WHAT YOU DO AND, AND WHY YOU'RE HERE? YEAH.

SO, PETER EINHORN.

I AM, UH, SENATOR ECKHART'S, CHIEF OF STAFF.

I WORK IN THE TEXAS CAPITAL.

SO CONDOLENCES CAN BE MADE, CAN BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS.

UH, THIS IS NOT MY FIRST COMMISSION.

I WAS ON THE CITY'S ETHICS COMMISSION FOR FOUR YEARS, I BELIEVE.

BUT THIS IS THE FIRST, UH, COMMISSION THAT DOES PUBLIC POLICY.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.

UH, I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY AND NO, I CAN'T TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT, SO PLEASE DON'T ASK ME, .

ALRIGHT.

IT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA.

IT'S NOT POSTED ON THE AGENDA, SO I THINK YOU'RE CLEAR.

UM, WELL WELCOME, UH, UH, WE WE'RE EXCITED.

YOU'RE HERE.

ALRIGHT.

UM, NEXT IS NUMBER

[3. Update on Environmental Commission Annual Report—Kevin Ramberg, Environmental Commission Chair (10 minutes)]

THREE, UH, WHICH IS AN UPDATE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT.

UM, I GOT THIS OUT WITH PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME, UM, UH, THE END OF JULY.

UM, IT WAS, COMMISSIONER SULLIVAN HAD A COMMENT.

UM, THE, THE INTENT OF THE, THE REPORT IS TO KIND OF REPORT ON THE LAST YEAR AND LAY OUT SOME OF THE GOALS THAT WE MAY HAVE FOR THIS NEXT YEAR.

UM, AS WE ALL KNOW, A WEEK FROM NOW, WE'LL BE MEETING AT OUR RETREAT.

AND, UM, I THINK THAT'S JUST AS GOOD OF A PLACE TO KIND OF HAVE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THE THEMES OR GENERAL TRAJECTORY WE WANT TO GO, UM, WITH THE COMMISSION OVER THIS NEXT YEAR.

SO I DON'T THINK THE BOOK'S CLOSED, IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

UM, JUST TO KIND OF REPORT OUT ON IT, UM, WE, I, I KEPT ON MANY OF THE, THE GOALS.

WE HAD A LOT OF GOALS, UM, THE YEAR BEFORE.

UM, WE KEPT MANY OF THOSE AND BASED ON SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH VARIOUS COMMISSIONERS AND KIND OF THE GENERAL TONE OF, OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE SUMMER, UM, WE ALSO, UH, ELEVATED SOME KIND OF CLIMATE AND RESILIENCY COMPONENTS TO WHAT WE DO.

UM, SO ONE OF THE THINGS I WANNA TALK ABOUT AT THE RETREAT NEXT WEEK, BE THINKING ABOUT IT PLEASE, IS KIND OF HOW WE LOOK WITH THAT LENS A LITTLE BIT MORE AT WHAT WE'RE DOING.

UM, THAT'S SOME OF THE THEMES THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE MEETINGS, BUT ALSO I THINK WE WILL BE CONTINUED AS WE, AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

BUT, UM, ANY QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS ON, ON THAT AGENDA ITEM FROM ANYBODY? ALL RIGHT, NEXT UP, UM, NUMBER FOUR, WE GOT

[4. Staff briefing on Austin’s Blackland Prairie ecoregion study recommendations and follow-up actions– Ana Gonzalez, Division Manager, Watershed Protection, and Valerie Tamburri, Ben Bertram, Tree Folks (30 minutes)]

A STAFF BRIEFING ON THE AUSTIN BLACK LANDSBURY ECO REGENTS STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS AND FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS.

I BELIEVE THIS IS YOU HONOR, UH, THANK YOU FOR COMING.

WE'VE BEEN EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT THIS FOR, FOR A WHILE, SO, SORRY, IT'S A HUNDRED AND MY, MY WATCH IS 103 OUT, BUT IT FEELS HOTTER THAN THAT.

HAVE TO HIT, HIT THE LITTLE BUTTON TO WHERE THE GREEN LIGHT TURNS ON.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? SORRY.

I'M STILL RE RECOVERING FROM HAVING BACK TO HERE IN 105, SO I APOLOGIZE FOR ALL THE NON PERCENTILE SWEATING CONDITION.

BUT, UM, THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH YOU.

UH, IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT WE COME WITH STAFF WITH, UH, RESULTS FROM A STUDY AND SOME GOOD NEWS TO SHARE.

SO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT, UH, CO-PRESENTING WITH THREE FOLKS HERE FOR

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YOU.

UH, THIS IS ABOUT THE BLACKLINE PRAIRIE, UH, STUDY THAT WE DID ON LONG STREAM CORRIDORS AND KIND OF FINDINGS, SUMMARY FINDINGS AND WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR.

IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU FOR WHOEVER IS DOING THE SLIDES.

I CAN'T SEE THAT IS, THANK YOU .

SO WE'RE GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BACKGROUND HISTORY OF WHAT IS THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE, WHAT WAS THE, UM, STREAM CORRIDOR STUDY THAT WE DID? WHAT ARE THE FINDINGS? SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REPORT AND SOME OF THE INITIAL ACTIONS.

AND THEN THREE FOLKS IS GONNA FOLLOW UP ON HOW THEY'VE IMPLEMENTED ABOUT, UH, THE ACTIONS THAT WERE RECOMMENDED IN THE STUDY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHAT IS THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE PROBABLY MOST SEVERE FAMILIAR WITH THAT IS AN ECO REGION THAT IS LOCATED IN THE, UM, EASTERN PORTION OF TRAVIS CANYON AND OTHER AREAS IN TEXAS.

UM, IT IS ONE OF THE RAREST ECO REGIONS 'CAUSE IT'S BEING HEAVILY CONVERTED TO AGRICULTURE AND OTHER USES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, IT IS A, IN BROAD DESCRIPTION, IS A GRASSLAND TALL GRASSLAND MATRIX THAT IS CRISSCROSSED BY, UH, BOTTOMLAND AND, AND RIPARIAN CORRIDORS IS INCREDIBLY DIVERSE.

IT WAS TRADITIONALLY DOMINATED BY RECURRENT FIRES, UH, WHICH ARE NO LONGER IN PLACE.

HAD DEEP SOILS, HIGH PRODUCTIVITY, DEEP ROOTING SYSTEMS, AND A LOT OF, UH, ANIMAL AND PLANT DIVERSITY.

THAT'S THE BLACK PLAN FOR IN NUTSHELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT, UH, DC REGION FOR, AND THIS IS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

SO WE HAVE ABOUT 803 MILES THAT ARE WITHIN OUR JURISDICTION OR FLOWING INTO JURISDICTIONS.

A BIG PORTION OF THE CREEK SYSTEM THAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR ON THE WATERSHEDS, ABOUT 33,000 ACRES OF THOSE ARE CREEK BUFFERS.

SINCE WE HAVE A LOT OF, UH, REAL ESTATE IN RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THOSE AND 11,000 ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN OUTSIDE THOSE CREEK BUFFERS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT, HAVE IMPORTANT ECOLOGICAL VALUE, AND THAT WE ARE DIRECTLY FOCUSED ON PROTECTING AND ENHANCING.

UH, AS WE KNOW, THE DEVELOPMENT IS, THE DEVELOPMENT INTENSITY IS VERY HEAVY IN THAT AREA AND MOVING EASTWARDS.

AND, UH, A LOT OF THOSE STREAMS ARE IN POOR CONDITION.

AND I'LL DESCRIBE IT A LITTLE BIT.

AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE, UH, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE RECEIVING THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT THE, NOT JUST THE DEGRADED, UH, STREAMS, BUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF EVEN MORE DURATION AS DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMPONENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER.

AND REALLY, UH, OUR ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN AUSTIN AND THRIVE WITH THESE.

AS YOU KNOW, OUR CLIMATE CHANGE IS, UH, MAKING LIFE MORE HOSTILE HERE.

OUR ABILITY TO SURVIVE REALLY HINGES A LOT ON THE CONDITION OF OUR STREAMS. LIKE IT'S SUCH A CRUCIAL NETWORK.

I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN EMPHASIZE THAT MORE STRONGLY.

SO THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR US, OUR RESILIENCY AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, BECAUSE WE, UH, REALIZED WE DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT, UH, THE CONDITION OF THE STRING CORRIDORS IN THE BLACK LINE PERIOD, WE DECIDED TO DO A STUDY TO KIND OF CHARACTERIZE WHAT IS THE CURRENT CONDITION OF THE RIP VEGETATION OF THE STREAM ITSELF AND KIND OF WHAT'S THE, THE ANTICIPATED IMPACTS OF DEVELOPMENT AND IMPERVIOUS COVER THAT WE KNOW ARE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND ONE OF THE PIECES IS LIKE WE WANTED TO LOOK AT IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT, WHERE WE HAVE MORE DENSITY OF DATA IN THE TRANSITION ZONE, LIKE IN THE URBAN CORE AND IN THE HILL COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE DONE A WHOLE LOT MORE STUDIES.

SO ONE OF THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY IS LIKE, UNLIKE IN THE, THE HILL COUNTRY AND IN THE URBAN CORE, IMPERVIOUS COVER IS NOT REALLY A GOOD PREDICTOR OF THE CONDITION OF THIS STREAM.

UH, SO WE ARE FINDING VERY LOW IMPERVIOUS COVER AND STILL HIGHLY DEGRADED CONDITIONS IN THE STREAMS IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE.

THAT'S NOT THE CASE IN, IN URBAN AREAS.

YOU CAN, YOU SEE MORE DEVELOPMENT, MORE DEGRADATION.

IT'S KIND OF PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD RELATIONSHIP THAT FALLS APART IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE.

SO CORRELATION BETWEEN IMPER COVER AND DEGRADATION IS NOT, OR CONDITION IS NOT, UH, HIGH AT ALL.

AND THAT'S THE SPREAD YELLOW WITH THE LINE THERE THAT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP RELATIONSHIPS.

AND THAT'S THE BLACKLINE PRAIRIE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THE OTHER FINDING WAS,

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UM, WE KIND OF KNEW THIS, BUT NOT THE EXTENT OF IT, IS THAT THE RIP PURINES ARE WORSE IN WORSE CONDITION THAN IN, IN THE BLACK LAND PRAIRIE THAN IN URBAN STREAMS. SO USUALLY YOU TEND TO THINK NO DEVELOPMENT, YOU KNOW, THINGS ARE A LITTLE BIT BETTER NOT FOR BLACK LAND PRAIRIE IN TERMS OF CANOPY COVER, TREE DEMOGRAPHY AND SPECIES DIVERSITY.

SO OUR STREAM RIGHT HERE IN AREAS ARE IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE.

EVEN THE, THE URBAN STREAMS ARE BETTER FOR THOSE, FOR THOSE PARAMETERS.

UH, AND OF COURSE EVEN WORSE THAN, UH, HILL COUNTRY STREAMS FOR THOSE PARENT.

AND THAT'S ACROSS THE BOARD A DIFFERENT SPATIAL SCALES.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT A SITE LIKE PLOT, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CORRIDOR UPSTREAM OF THAT SITE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE DRAINAGE AREA POINTING TO THE SITE, ALL THOSE SCALES, THE SAME PATTERN IS REPEATED.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THERE WERE IN THE PAST THE PRESENCE OF BIOLOGICAL ELEMENTS IN THE SYSTEM THAT HELD THAT SYSTEM TOGETHER.

SO THESE ARE, I JUST WANNA EMPHASIZE HIGH CLAY, HIGHLY ERODIBLE SOILS.

YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF THE ROCK EXPOSED BEDROCK THAT THE HILL COUNTRY HAS WHERE YOU START GETTING EROSION AND THEN IT KIND OF STOPS 'CAUSE YOU HIT A BOULDER OR A BUNCH OF ROCK.

AND, AND HERE YOU JUST KEEP GOING, GOING, GOING.

AND WHAT APPEARS TO HAVE HOLD THE THING TOGETHER WHERE TREES AND BIOLOGICAL ACTION BY BEAVERS, THAT'S, THOSE WERE, THOSE WERE LIKE TWO COMPONENTS OF THAT WERE PRESENT IN THE LANDSCAPE THAT ARE, HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED.

SO DEBRIS JAMS THAT FORM BECAUSE OF, UH, AVER ACTIVITY OR THREE ROOTS CREATING CROSS CHANNEL DROP STRUCTURES THAT SLOW DOWN AN ACCUMULATED SEDIMENT AND PREVENT AN INCISION IN THE BED AND BANK.

SO THAT'S VERY RARE.

NOW, UH, THERE'S A FEW HERE AND THERE AND IT MAKES, YOU KNOW, HEART MORE SO YOUR HEART, BUT, UH, IT'S RARE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YES.

UM, THE OTHER FINDING, AND THIS IS PRETTY SAD, IS MOST OF THE STREAMS HAVE IN REALLY TURBID WATERS, RIGHT? THERE'S HIGH TOTAL SUSPENDED SOLIDS, WHICH IS, UH, YOU KNOW, WATER QUALITY IMPAIRMENT.

AND THIS IS IN CONTRAST WITH, WITH WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN EARLY SETTLER ACCOUNTS OF THE AREA THAT HAD LIKE CLEAR RUNNING STREAMS, WHICH IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU GO EAST.

YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THESE DAIRY TURD STREAMS AND WHAT KEPT TOGETHER ALL THOSE SOILS IS LIKE THE INCREDIBLE VEGETATION IN THE DRAINAGE AREA, THE FILTERING ABILITY.

PLUS WE HAD GIL GUIDE, WHICH IS A NERDY TERM.

IT'S LIKE THESE DEPRESSIONS IN THE PRAIRIES THAT HELD WATER AND SLOW IT DOWN.

THOSE THINGS ARE GONE.

SO IT'S ALL THIS SEDIMENT MOVING FROM THE, FROM THE DRAINAGE AIR, BUT ALSO AS PART OF THE STREAM AS THE, THE, THE STORMS ERODE, THE, THE STREAM BED AND BANK.

SO THEY'RE INCREDIBLY UNSTABLE.

UH, NOW THEY'VE RUN AWAY, UH, INCISION GOING ON.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THOSE ARE A LOT OF BAD NEWS .

THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS THERE.

LIKE, OH, NOT ALL IS LOST.

THERE'S A FEW PLACES HERE AND THERE THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE SOME SENSE OF HOW THINGS COULD GO WHEN THEY'RE, UM, IN GOOD CONDITION.

BUT THE REPORT RECOMMENDED A LOT OF THINGS LIKE REVISING CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE, UH, PROVISIONS RELATED TO RESOLUTION.

WE DON'T HAVE ANY AT THIS POINT, UH, WORKING WITHIN THE, UH, RAIN RIVER STRATEGIC PLANNING FRAMEWORK TO INCORPORATE PROTECTION SPECIFIC TO THE BLACK LAND PRAIRIE STREAMS. MANAGE OUR ASSETS, UH, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LOOK HAVING A LENS LIKE BLACK LAND PRAIRIE LENS WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR ASSETS AND, AND EROSION, UH, UM, PRIORITIZATION AND PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION.

DOING ACTIVE RESTORATION, NOT JUST PASSIVE RESTORATION, WHICH IS A LOT OF THE MODEL THAT WE HAVE USED FOR URBAN SYSTEMS. THAT'S JUST STOP MOWING, LET IT GO AND IT'LL GROW.

AND IT WORKS THERE, BUT NOT IN THE BLACK LAND PRAIRIE.

I'M PROTECTING LAND.

SO LAND ACQUISITION LONG, UH, IMPORTANT CORRIDORS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT I WANNA HIGHLIGHT, AND THIS IS THE FOLLOW UP, UH, PIECE OF THE PRESENTATION IS THE ACTIVE RESTORATION.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

.

SO ONE OF THE INITIAL ACTIONS, LIKE OKAY, WE HAVE NO CANOPY STREAMS COMPLETELY AVOID VEGETATION.

WE NEED TO GO PLANT TREES ON THE STREAMS TO, YOU KNOW, START KICKING UP THE SYSTEM BACK.

UH, IT IS GONNA TAKE FOREVER TO DO THAT, BUT WE NEED TO GET STARTED SINCE WE MET, MET WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE, UM, NATIONAL CONSERVA, NATIONAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SYSTEM, NO, I'M SAYING IT ALL WRONG.

N R C S, UH, WILBARGER CREEK CONSERVANCY,

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THREE FOLKS.

TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAN SPARKS OF WILDLIFE UNIT, AND MAKING THE PITCH LIKE WE NEED A REFORESTATION, WE NEED A FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION PROGRAM.

AND, UH, WE MANAGED TO PARTNER WITH THREE FOLKS TO DO A COPILOT.

AND IT WAS, UH, VERY INTERESTING 'CAUSE , WE PITCHED THE IDEA AND IT'S VERY RARE THAT YOU PITCH AN IDEA AND IT THE ORGANIZATION THAT TAKES IT AND RUNS WITH IT.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID.

SO WE WERE ON THE CITY SIDE KIND OF TO COME UP WITH WORK PLAN AND AUTHORIZATION TO GET FUNDING ALIGNED SO THEY CAN DO A PILOT.

AND THEY WERE ALREADY IMPLEMENTING IT ON THE PRIVATE END OF THING.

SO IT'S LIKE, OKAY, NOW WE HAVE SOME FUNDING.

SO WE DID A PILOT FOR THAT AND UH, AND THAT'S KIND OF, THAT WAS HOW IT, THE PROGRAM STARTED.

UM, AND THEY'RE GONNA EXPLAIN A WHOLE LOT MORE ABOUT IT.

I THINK THE NEXT SLIDE IS THEIR BEGINNING OF THEIR PRESENTATION.

IS THAT NEXT SLIDE TRUE? YES.

NO.

YES.

SO YES.

THANK YOU ANNA.

UM, HI EVERYBODY.

THANKS FOR HAVING US.

UH, MY NAME'S VALERIE BURY AND I'M THE DIRECTOR OF REFORESTATION AND LEAD ARBORIST FOR TREE FOLKS.

UH, TREE FOLKS IS A NON-PROFIT, AN URBAN FORESTRY BASED NON-PRO NONPROFIT BASED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND WE FOCUS ON TREE ADOPTION OF ED, UM, REFORESTATION AND COMMUNITY PLANTINGS.

UM, OVER OUR 30 YEARS AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE'VE PLANTED A LITTLE BIT OVER 3 MILLION TREES AND COUNTING.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO TODAY, UM, SINCE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE PROGRAM, WE'RE GONNA KIND OF FOCUS ON OUR REFORESTATION EFFORTS.

UM, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU GUYS A BRIEF HISTORY.

UM, SO ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, UM, WHEN THE BASTROP WILDFIRES HAPPENED IN 2011, UM, TREE FOLKS ALONG WITH OTHER BASTROP COUNTY AND AGENCY PARTNERS, UM, WE ALL PARTNERED TOGETHER TO PLANT TO REPLANT PINE TREES IN BASTROP COUNTY.

AND WE PLANTED OVER 2 MILLION PINES THERE AND DISTRIBUTED ANOTHER 150,000 OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AFTER THAT.

THEN WHILE THAT PROGRAM WAS STILL IN, WAS STILL HAPPENING, WE HAD THE 2015 MEMORIAL DAY FLOODS, UH, ON THE BLANCO RIVER.

AND SO HAYES COUNTY REACHED OUT TO TREE FOLKS AND THEY WERE LIKE, HEY, CAN YOU DO A SIMILAR PROGRAM FOR US? UM, 'CAUSE THEY LOST ABOUT 85% OF THEIR TREE CANOPY ALONG THE RIVERS.

SO OVER A FOUR YEAR PERIOD, WE, UM, WE REFOREST IT ABOUT 20 MILES ON THE BLANCO RIVER.

AND THEN, UM, SO CURRENTLY NOW WE'RE DOING THE FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION, UM, ALL OVER CENTRAL TEXAS IN SEVEN COUNTIES.

AND THIS WAS, THIS PROGRAM WAS PILOTED, UM, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN WATERSHED DEPARTMENT.

AND, UM, YEAH, SO FROM ANA'S STUDY WE KIND OF RAN WITH THAT AND THAT REALLY HELPED INFORM OUR PILOT, UM, OUR TIRE TARGET PILOT AREA, WHICH WE DID IN THE EASTERN, EASTERN TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND WE'VE EXPANDED SINCE THEN.

AND IN 2021, UH, WE STARTED A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE WATERSHED DEPARTMENT JUST TO HELP SUPPORT THE PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THE CONTRACT, IT'S A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT THAT PROVIDES FUNDING ABOUT $125,000 A YEAR TO TREE FOLKS, UM, TO PLANT SAPLINGS AND WILD NATIVE GRASSES THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN ON WATERSHED LANDS.

AND IT ALSO HELPS TO PROVIDE MARKETING AND EDUCATION MATERIALS SO THAT WE CAN BETTER INFORM LANDOWNERS IN AUSTIN AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

UM, THIS PROGRAM IS ALSO UNIQUE BECAUSE WE GENERATE CARBON CREDITS THROUGH ALL THE ACREAGE THAT WE PLANT.

UH, THE CARBON CREDITS NOT ONLY HELP PAY FOR A SMALL PORTION OF THE PROGRAM, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT HELPS PROTECT THE, THEY LEGALLY PROTECT THE PROPERTIES, THE PLANTING AREAS FOR 26 YEARS.

UM, AND ANOTHER UNIQUE ELEMENT ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, UM, AND THIS CONTRACT SPECIFICALLY, IS THAT IT'S HELPED US DEVELOP A WOODY SEED COLLECTION PROGRAM.

UM, SO WE CAN COLLECT NATIVE WILD, UH, TREE SEEDS SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THEM GROWN BY NURSERIES OR, UM, SCATTER THEM ON OUR OWN.

AND EACH YEAR WE PROVIDE A PROGRAM GROWTH PLAN.

SO WATERSHED DEPARTMENT REALLY IS HELPING US TO, UM, GROW THE PROGRAM AND MAKE IT JUST MAKE IT BETTER OVERALL.

AND WE DO A 20, AT LEAST A 25% MATCH IN FUNDING EACH YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO

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ANA WENT OVER A LOT OF THE BENEFITS FOR THESE STREAMSIDE FORESTS AND SO WANTED TO TOUCH ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES.

SO LIKE SHADE PROVIDES SHADE, WHICH UM, REALLY HELPS WITH WATER QUALITY AND PROVIDES REGIONAL COOLING.

AND THEN THIS ROOT SYSTEM REALLY HELPS STABILIZE THESE STREAM BANKS AS WELL.

SO, UM, HELPING PREVENT EROSION, FURTHER EROSION, ESPECIALLY IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE AREAS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS PROGRAM'S CALLED THE CENTRAL TEXAS FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION PROGRAM AND, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN CONTRACT FALLS UNDER THIS UMBRELLA PROGRAM, UM, THAT WE WORK IN SEVEN COUNTIES TO DO.

UM, WE WORK WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDOWNERS, UM, THROUGHOUT CENTRAL TEXAS AND WE GO TO THEIR PRO FOR QUALIFYING APPLICANTS.

WE GO TO THE PROPERTIES AND PROVIDE ONSITE CONSULTATIONS, AND THEN WE PROVIDE THE TREES AND THE PLANTING SERVICES.

UM, SO EACH ACRE THAT WE PLANT IS ESTIMATED TO GENERATE ABOUT 106 TONS OF, UM, CARBON OUTTA THE ATMOSPHERE OVER A 25 YEAR PERIOD.

AND SO THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO OFFSET THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR ALL CENTRAL TEXANS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO HERE WE HAVE A MAP OF ALL THE PROPERTIES WE'VE PLANTED THROUGH THIS PROGRAM SO FAR OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.

YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THEM ARE CLUSTERED, UH, WITHIN THE EASTERN TRAVIS COUNTY REGION 'CAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE'VE SPENT MOST OF THE TIME.

UH, BUT YEAH, WE'VE DONE ABOUT 56 SITES SO FAR AND ALMOST 240 ACRES PLANTED.

UM, SO IT'S GOING PRETTY WELL.

AND, UM, WE CONT WE'RE PLANNING TO JUST CONTINUE GROWING THE PROGRAM, BUT THERE ARE TWO MAIN LIMITING FACTORS, WHICH IS, UM, LANDOWNERS THAT ARE WILLING TO COMMIT TO THIS 26 YEAR PROJECT AND, UM, AND TREE SUPPLY FOR NA QUALITY NATIVE TREE SUPPLY.

AND THIS IS THE SECTION THAT BEN'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THOSE ISSUES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THE IMAGE YOU SEE HERE IS TREE CANOPY COVER, OR THE, ACTUALLY REALLY THE LACK OF TREE CANOPY COVER ALONG THE FLOODPLAINS.

AND THIS IS FOR ALL OF TRAVIS COUNTY, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE CLEAR EAST WEST DIVIDE WITH THE HILL COUNTRY.

AND SO THIS IS JUST REALLY UNDERSCORING ANA'S PRESENTATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IT.

AND SO VAL'S BEEN RUNNING THIS PROGRAM FOR, I DON'T KNOW, FIVE OR SIX YEARS.

AND ONE OF THE KEY THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT WAS THE NEED FOR TREES.

AND IT'S LIKE, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS? AND WE'RE GONNA NEED A LOT OF TREES AND REALLY A LOT OF SEEDS GROWN TO DO THAT.

AND ULTIMATELY WE'D LIKE TO DOUBLE THE INPUT OF THE PROGRAM OR OUTPUT OF THE PROGRAM IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WE REALLY STARTED TO DIVE INTO THE WHY, WHY THESE TREES DON'T EXIST.

AND A FEW MAIN REASONS, I'M SURE THAT Y'ALL HAVE HEARD SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES BEING A COMMON PROBLEM ACROSS THE BOARD.

AND THAT'S THE SAME THING HERE.

UM, AND THEN THERE'S A FEW UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR THE TREES.

UM, MOST TIMES THE NURSERIES DON'T LIKE WHERE WE BUY TREES.

WE TYPICALLY WILL GO TO LIKE A LOCAL GROWER.

THERE'S, THERE'S A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS THAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN GROWING THESE TREES.

UM, BUT EVEN THE ONES THAT WE WANT TO, TO HAVE MAXIMUM DIVERSITY FOR THE TREES THAT WE PLANT, THEY'RE REALLY HARD TO FIND, FIND AND MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY'RE UNPROFITABLE.

UM, AND AS A RESULT, AND AS A RE AS A RESULT OF THESE ISSUES, WE'VE LOST LIKE FIVE OF OUR LA 11 GROWERS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS.

SO, WHICH IS TO SAY WE COULD SEE THE WRITING IN THE WALL AND WE WANTED TO FIGURE OUT AN ISSUE.

AND ANA WAS AWARE OF THAT ALSO.

AND THE PROVISION THIS CONTRACT ALLOWED US TO, TO TAKE ON THIS CHALLENGE, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE SEED COLLECTION TOO.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THROUGH GRANT FUNDING AND A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GREEN WORKFORCE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM, PART OF THE AUSTIN CIVILIAN AND CONSERVATION CORPS, WE'RE ABLE TO REALLY LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM IN A DEEPER LEVEL AND START TO SEE THE VISION FOR WHAT COULD WE DO TO IMPACT THE TREE SUPPLY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THE RESULT OF THAT WORK WAS A VISION FOR A NURSERY OF NURSERIES.

SO THE CONCEPT THERE BEING THAT TREE FOLKS GROWS TREES AND TEACHES OTHERS AND SUPPORTS OTHER GROWERS TO DO SO.

AND THROUGH CONSERVATION CORE WORKS COMING THROUGH THE SEEDS TO TREES PIPELINE FROM WHERE SEEDS ARE COLLECTED OUT IN THE FIELD, THEY'RE GERMINATED GROWN, THEN PLANTED, AND THEN

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MONITORED.

SO THERE'S A, ALL THE PIECES RELATED TO THAT.

UM, IT WAS A, IT'S A BIG VISION AND IT DEFINITELY WAS SOMETHING THAT WE WEREN'T SURE HOW WE WERE GONNA BE ABLE TO MEET, BUT PART OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM WAS TO ACHIEVE AND, AND ACQUIRE SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, A FEW MONTHS AGO WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE AN URBAN FOREST GRANT TO START OFF THE KICKOFF OF THIS NURSERY.

AND IT PAID FOR THINGS LIKE STARTUP MATERIALS, HIRING A PERSON.

AND THE ULTIMATE RESULT IS TO GROW 15,000 TREES.

UH, FOR CONTEXT VOWEL WILL PLANT ABOUT 60 TO 70,000 IN A YEAR.

AND SO SETTING AN, A FAIRLY AMBITIOUS GOAL FOR OUR FIRST YEAR TO HELP SET US UP FOR THE FUTURE.

AND AS I MENTIONED, WE'RE TRYING TO DOUBLE THE OUTPUT OF THE PROGRAM SO THAT DOUBLING LOOKS LIKE, UH, ABOUT HALF A MILLION TREES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO YEAH, IN ORDER TO REACH THAT 575 ACRES AND WHICH WOULD PRODUCE OVER 60,000 CARBON CREDITS, WE WOULD NEED TO GROW 50 HALF A MILLION TREES AND COLLECT ABOUT 3.5 MILLION SEEDS.

AND IN ORDER TO HELP LIKE THAT BIG VISION, UH, WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND WHO ARE REALLY COMMITTED TO THIS WORK.

AND WE'VE SUBMITTED A $10 MILLION PROPOSAL TO THE U SS D A TO HELP TO FUND DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF OUR PROGRAMMING.

BUT THE CENTER POINT OF THIS IS THE NURSERY AND THE LARGER C C T F R P PROGRAM.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

I MENTIONED IT'S AMAZING TO ME TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMMITTED AND INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT.

WE GET PEOPLE LEFT AND RIGHT WHO ARE, SEE THE PASSION AND SEE THE OPPORTUNITY AND, AND REALLY TO SEE THE NEED.

AND SO I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY WHO'S CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PROJECT TO THIS POINT, AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE THIS AND REACH THESE GOALS BECAUSE THE URGENCY IS REALLY CLEAR.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ANA'S GOING TO CLOSE IT OUT FOR US.

SO I JUST WANTED TO EMPHASIZE THE SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE CONFRONTING HERE.

SO WE HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK TO DO AND THE STRATEGIES THAT WE FOLLOW NEED TO MEET THAT SCALE, RIGHT? AND SO HAVING THREE ACRES AT A TIME AND GONNA GET US THERE.

SO REALLY WHAT WE DID WITH THE, THE FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION, UH, CONTRACT AND ADDING THAT GROWTH PROVISION IS CREATE THE SPACE.

SO ORGANIZATIONS CAN LOOK AT HOW DO WE U HOW COULD THEY USE CITY FUNDING AS SEED MONEY AND THEN MULTIPLY.

THEY ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO DO THAT.

AND THAT'S ONE MECHANISM BY WHICH THEY CAN REALLY MULTIPLY THE IMPACT.

UM, REALLY IMPORTANT CHALLENGE IS THE RATE AND MAGNITUDE OF DEVELOPMENT THAT IS HEADING AND IT'S HAPPENING ALREADY IN THE EASTERN TRAVIS COUNTY, IS GOING TO IMPACT THOSE STREAMS THAT ARE ALREADY DEGRADED AND HIGHLY VULNERABLE.

SO IT'S, THE CHALLENGE IS PRETTY HIGH AND PROACTIVE RESTORATION REALLY IS CRITICAL.

THERE'S NO WAY WE'RE JUST LETTING GO AND LET THE LAND HEAL ITSELF.

IT'S NOT FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, IT'S NOT REALLY HEALING ITSELF.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF, UH, ACTION THAT NEED TO HAPPEN.

BUT THE, THE SCALE JUST WANNA EMPHASIZE THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM.

AND IT REALLY, IT IS A COLLECTIVE CHALLENGE THAT WE ALL NEED TO MAKE A, YOU KNOW, COME TOGETHER AND BRING OUR CONTRIBUTION.

AND ADDRESSING THE BOTTLENECKS IS, IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

'CAUSE THE MAGNITUDE IS HUGE.

SO REALLY EXCITED.

AGAIN, NOT, NOT ALWAYS, WE COME WITH GOOD NEWS.

SO WANTED TO SHARE THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

AND WE'LL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS IF WE HAVE ANY TIME FOR QUESTIONS.

I DON'T KNOW.

YEAH, WE'RE, WE'RE GONNA MAKE TIME FOR QUESTIONS, I PROMISE.

, UM, THANK YOU FOR COMING.

SURE.

UH, THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, IT'S VERY EXCITING STUFF.

UM, I'LL, I'LL SAVE MY QUESTIONS TO THE END, BUT, UM, AROUND, AROUND THE HORN HERE, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR EITHER ANNA OR SHE FOLKS? YEAH, Y'ALL, UH, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION FOR SURE.

UM, YOU KNOW, I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE ON THE EAST SIDE, SO I'M VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE, YOU KNOW, UM, NOT AS GOOD FOR HOUSES 'CAUSE THE SOIL OFTEN CAUSES FOUNDATIONS TO MOVE.

BUT LIKE YOU MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, BETTER FOR, BETTER SUITED FOR AGRICULTURE, UM, BECAUSE OF THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE RICH SOIL.

UM, I CERTAINLY AGREE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, PROTECTIONS FOR THE, THE EASTERN STREAMS OF THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIES GIVEN HOW MUCH PROTECTION WE HAVE FOR SORT OF THE WEST SIDE WITH THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AND STUFF LIKE

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THAT.

UM, YOU KNOW, MY QUESTION, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD WAS, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED, UM, YOU KNOW, SORT OF HAVING LIKE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROPER TERM WOULD BE LIKE, LIKE LAND CONSERVANCIES OR SOME KIND OF LIKE PROTECTED PUBLIC LANDS THAT WE WOULD LIKE PURCHASE, I GUESS AND KEEP NON DEVELOPED.

DO WE HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT? THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIES? WE DO NOT HAVE A PROGRAM FOR LAND ACQUISITION IN EASTERN TRAVIS COUNTY THAT IS, UH, YOU KNOW, WITH THE CITY THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS, THE CLIMATE EQUITY ACTION PLAN IDENTIFIED THAT AS ONE OF THE PRIORITY ACTIONS.

SO THE, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PLAN WOULD MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE DO NOT HAVE AS FAR AS I UNDERSTAND.

YEAH.

AND SO I GUESS THIS IS JUST FOR MY OWN PERSONAL CURIOSITY, WOULD YOU WANNA LIKE BUY LAND THAT'S LIKE AROUND A BUNCH OF STREAMS OR IS THERE LIKE A CERTAIN LIKE AREA WHERE YOU'RE LIKE, OKAY, IF WE PROTECT THIS AREA, THEN LIKE EVERYTHING'S HUNKY DORY OR GREAT.

WELL, IT WAS A SIMPLIFICATION, RIGHT? BUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, SO, UM, IT IS COMPLEX.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO HAVE AS A CITY IS THAT WE HAVE PROVISIONS THAT, UH, RESTRICT DEVELOPMENT NEAR THE STREAM.

SO WE HAVE THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES AND THE FLOOD PLAIN PROTECTION.

SO THOSE SET ASIDE BY DEFAULT DEVELOP FROM THE, THOSE AREAS TO BE DEVELOPED.

SO IN TERMS OF LAND ACQUISITION, MY, UH, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT CLIMATE EQUITY ACTION PLAN IMPLEMENTATION IS LOOKING AT HOW CAN WE LOOK AT SYNERGIES FOR PARCELS THAT WOULD PLAY MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING PROTECTION OF PERHAPS STREAMS THAT ARE IN BETTER CONDITION, BUT ALSO OTHER GOALS LIKE TRANSPORTATION, CONNECTIVITY, GREEN BELTS, PERHAPS HOUSING, YOU KNOW, SUSTAINABLE OR REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE.

SO, SO THAT'S, THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT'S THE WAY IT'S LOOKED AT.

SO I DON'T THINK WE HAVE, THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEVELOPING A MATRIX THAT WILL LOOK AT MULTIPLE BENEFITS AND MULTIPLE GOALS SO THE CITY CAN MAXIMIZE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR LAND ACQUISITION.

YEAH.

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

TOTALLY GET IT.

UM, YEAH.

AND THEN THE OTHER QUESTION I HAD, UM, YOU KNOW, Y'ALL MENTIONED THAT LIKE, UH, FIVE OF 11 OF THE GROWERS I THINK FOR EITHER THE CITY OR TREE FOLKS HAD RECENTLY GONE OUT OF BUSINESS.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE SORT OF STARTING THIS PROGRAM WITH GRANT MONEY TO UM, YOU KNOW, SORT OF FOSTER A NEW SORT OF GROWER SYSTEM OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

DO WE HAVE ANY LIKE SUBSIDIES OR PROGRAMS OR GRANTS? EITHER LIKE LOCALLY, I'M SURE LIKE STATE OR FEDERALLY WE PROBABLY DO.

WELL ACTUALLY NOT STATE.

WE LIVE IN TEXAS, SO WHATEVER.

UM, BUT LIKE TO, TO HELP THESE NEO NATIVE TREE GROWERS THAT ALREADY EXIST, RIGHT? 'CAUSE THEY ALWAYS SAY IT'S EASIER TO DESTROY SOMETHING THAN TO BUILD IT.

UH, BUT IT'S PROBABLY EASIER TO HELP SUSTAIN SOMETHING THAN TO BUILD IT UNLESS IT'S, UH, A C C PINNACLE, IN WHICH CASE I DON'T KNOW.

BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, I GUESS, UH, YEAH.

IS THERE ANY SORT OF PROGRAM LIKE THAT THAT Y'ALL THINK LIKE EITHER THAT WE COULD TAKE OR WE COULD HELP TAKE GROWERS, HELP GROWERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, OR PERHAPS LIKE ON A LOCAL LEVEL START SOME KIND OF PROGRAM WHERE WE WOULD GIVE GRANTS TO NATIVE TREE GROWERS TO HELP THEM NOT GO OUT OF BUSINESS OR CLOSE DOWN OR WHATEVER? UH, YEAH.

TO FORMER A C C PINNACLE STUDENT HERE, CAN THAT AMEN.

SHOUT THE SOUTH SIDE? NO, CAN DO THAT.

UM, I THINK TWO THINGS.

ONE, UM, NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF.

I CERTAINLY, I, THIS IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM, THE TREE SHORTAGES IN LIKE THE LABOR SHORTAGES, NUMBER ONE.

AND SO I WOULD SAY THAT YES, INDIRECTLY THROUGH LIKE THE AMERICAN YOUTH WORKS AND THE TEXAS CONSERVATION CORPS SEEMS TO BE, AND THE AUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS LIKE THAT CAN ADDRESS THE WORKFORCE ISSUE THAT THE NURSERIES ARE EXPERIENCING RELATED TO THIS.

THERE'S STILL I THINK, A ROLE FOR A NONPROFIT BECAUSE THOSE TREES ARE NOT REALLY PROFITABLE TREE FOLKS CAN GROW THEM BECAUSE WE DON'T REALLY NEED TO MAKE A PROFIT ON THEM.

AND SO WE CAN ALSO GROW AS MUCH AS OUR PROGRAMMING NEEDS, BUT THEN ALSO GROW ENOUGH FOR THE, THE SPECIALTY PROJECTS LIKE THE LANDSCAPE, DIVINE FIRMS WHO, WHO WANT THOSE LIKE REALLY RARE TREES THAT OTHER PLACES ARE, ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GROW BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MAKE BUSINESS SENSE FOR THEM.

SO YEAH, THAT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE.

AND YEAH, YOU KNOW, UM, IN THE LAST J C COMM OR COMMITTEE MEETING, WELL I GUESS I SAID COMMITTEE TWICE, BUT, UH, YEAH, THEY, UH, YOU KNOW, THEY HAD A PRESENTATION ON THE CONSERVATION CORPS AND THEY'RE DOING LIKE REALLY GOOD WORK.

UH, SO YEAH, I'M ALL FOR IT.

UH, BUT YEAH, SUPER INTERESTING PRESENTATION.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

APPRECIATE IT.

I WAS CURIOUS, UM, IF THERE'S A PARTICULAR TREE SPECIES THAT DOES BEST SPOT CLOSEST TO THE WATER.

THERE'S TONS OF TREE SPECIES , UM, THROUGH

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OUR PROGRAM, UH, WE USUALLY PLANT AT LEAST 40 DIFFERENT SPECIES.

NOW NOT ALL OF THOSE ARE GONNA BE ON THE WATER.

SOME OF THEM ARE MORE ON THE UPLAND AREAS, BUT, UM, YEAH, IF LIKE BALD CYPRESSES, BEAUTY BERRIES, BUTTON, BUSH , AMERICAN ELMS, LOTS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES.

AWESOME.

AND UM, I GUESS IT MAY HAVE BEEN ANSWERED ALREADY, BUT I WAS CURIOUS IF THERE WAS A MAIN REASON WHY THE LOSS OF THE GROWERS.

IS IT MOSTLY THE PROFITABILITY OF THE TREES? YEAH, FROM WHAT, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS TWOFOLD, LIKE THE SUPPLY CHAIN, EVERYTHING'S MORE EXPENSIVE.

IT'S ALSO A LOT OF TIMES SOMEONE IS LIKE REALLY PASSIONATE AND NOBODY'S REPLACING THEM.

SO NOBODY, AND THAT'S KIND OF ONE OF THE PROJECTS I DIDN'T MENTION OR ONE OF THE PIECES I MENTIONED.

SOME OF, A LOT OF OUR WORK IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS SEED SAVERS AND THEY'RE CAPTURING THE SEEDS BUT ALSO CAPTURING THE STORIES OF THOSE GROWERS.

SO AS THEY ARE RETIRING, MANY OF THEM HAVE RETIRED.

IS IS THE SHORT ANSWER.

AS THEY'RE RETIRING, WE'RE GOING OUT INTERVIEWING THEM, I SHOULD SAY WE, THE CENTRAL TEXAS SEED SAVERS ARE AND CAPTURING LIKE, OH, HOW DO YOU GROW THE TEXAS MADONE? OR THOSE KIND OF THINGS, THE TREES THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT TO PROPAGATE.

AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 20, 30 YEARS.

AND I WILL SAY THEY HAVE BEEN THE MOST GENEROUS GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT, UH, IN SHARING THEIR KNOWLEDGE FOR SURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

IT IS NICE TO HAVE GOOD NEWS.

UM, I'M JUST CURIOUS A LITTLE BIT ON THE WORK THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING.

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS IN SORT OF PRIVATE CONSERVATION LANDS LAND, YOU KNOW, WITH THROUGH LAND TRUSTS OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS PUBLIC? UM, MOST OF THE PROPERTIES THAT WE PLANT ARE FOR PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.

UM, NOW THEY'RE NOT ALL NECESSARILY UNDER LIKE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS OR ANYTHING, AND ACTUALLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE ARE.

UM, BUT WE, AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE A LOT OF THOSE PROPERTIES ALREADY HAVE A FULL FOREST AND ARE ALREADY DOING REALLY GREAT.

SO IT'S REALLY, UM, TRYING TO CONVINCE LIKE THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE AREAS, UM, TO CONVERT THEIR CREEKS INTO FORESTS.

YEAH.

WHAT'S THAT LIKE , ? WHAT'S YOUR OUTREACH LIKE, I GUESS IS WHAT I'M ASKING ? UM, YEAH, SO WE, UH, A LOT OF THEM ARE SURPRISINGLY REALLY NICE TO US.

THEY, I MEAN, I THINK THAT EVERYBODY LOVES, WELL MOST PEOPLE LOVE TREES, SO THAT'S PRETTY EASY.

UM, IT'S MOSTLY LIKE KIND OF GETTING PEOPLE TO GRASP THE CONCEPT OF LIKE NO LONGER MOWING ALONG THOSE CORRIDORS AND IT'S GONNA LOOK KIND OF UGLY FOR A FEW YEARS IF YOU'RE USED TO LIKE A MANICURED LOOK.

BUT ONCE THOSE TREES DO START TO GROW, THEN UM, YEAH, YOU'LL HAVE A FOREST EVENTUALLY.

BUT, UM, THEY'RE GREAT.

OUR OUTREACH, WE DO MAILERS, WE DO SOCIAL MEDIA AND WE DO LOTS OF TABLING EVENTS AS WELL AS, UM, LOTS OF UM, WORD OF MOUTH THROUGH OUR PART, OUR PARTNERS AND STUFF.

BUT YEAH.

THAT'S GREAT.

I'M HOPING WE CAN GET SOME OF THOSE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO SHARE AS WELL, IF YOU CAN CIRCULATE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, I ASSUME THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT THIS WOULD BE CONSIDERED LIKE A CAPITAL PROJECT IF YOU, IF WE WANTED TO BUY LAND AND, UM, YOU KNOW, REALLY MAKE A LARGE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT, WE WOULD'VE TO GO OUT FOR GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I AM GOING TO SKIP THAT QUESTION.

IT'S ABOVE MY PAY GRADE , BUT, UM, THERE DEFINITELY WILL NEED TO BE A SUBSTANTIAL YES.

A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT WITH, YOU KNOW, AS WE, WE MENTIONED, THE, THE CLIMATE EQUITY ACTION PLAN IS LOOKING AT IMPLEMENTING SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE, OF THAT MAGNITUDE.

YES.

RIGHT.

'CAUSE I MEAN, IF IT WERE GOING TO BE PARK LAND, THEN THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THAT WE WOULD GO OUT FOR.

YEAH.

UH, TO PAY FOR THE SPECIFIC FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT THAT IS NEEDED.

IT'S RIGHT.

AND WHAT ABOUT TRAVIS COUNTY? BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS PROBABLY OUTSIDE OF THE CITY'S, UH, YOU KNOW, CITY MM-HMM.

, UH, JURISDICTION, RIGHT? YEAH.

SO WE DO WORK WITH TRAVIS COUNTY PARKS.

UM, THE FIRST YEAR OF THE PROGRAM, THE PILOT PROGRAM, WE PLANTED ABOUT 20 ACRES FOR THEM ON ONE OF THEIR PROPERTIES.

AND THERE WERE SOME STAFF ROLE CHANGES.

AND NOW, UM, THE WOMAN APRIL ROSE, WHO'S IN CHARGE OF THE LAND STEWARDSHIP ON THE PARKS, SHE'S ACTUALLY A FORMER TREE FOLK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AS WELL, .

RIGHT.

SO, UM, WE'RE WORKING, WE'RE GONNA START WORKING WITH HER.

UM, 'CAUSE THEY HAVE PROBABLY THOUSANDS OF ACRES.

UM, AND MANY OF THEM HAVE STREAMS THAT, UM, NEED REFORESTATION ON THEM.

RIGHT.

AND WHAT ABOUT A MORE

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REGIONAL APPROACH, LIKE LOOKING AT BASTROP AND MAYBE BRINGING IN CAP COG OR SOMEBODY LIKE THAT? YEAH, UM, ACTUALLY THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

WE HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY LIKE BROUGHT IN CAP COG, BUT WE DO USE THEIR, MOST OF THEIR REGION, THEIR LIKE PLANNING REGION FOR, UM, AREAS THAT FOR, UH, PROGRAM AREAS.

RIGHT.

'CAUSE YOU ALREADY MENTIONED THAT YOU DID SOME WORK IN BASTROP AFTER THE FIRES.

MM-HMM.

.

YEAH.

SO, AND THAT'S, THAT'S ANOTHER ELEMENT THAT, UH, WANNA MENTION ABOUT THE NONPROFITS NOT BEING TIED TO THE SAME CONSTRAINTS THAT LIKE THE CITY HAS FOR LIKE FUNDING ALLOCATION.

MM-HMM.

.

SO THE CITY WITH THE FLOOD PLAIN REFORESTATION CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE IS THE SLIVER OF WHAT THEY DO.

AND IT FUNDS THE REFORESTATION OF PUBLIC PARCELS.

THEY HAVE, THIS IS A MUCH BIGGER PROJECT AND PROGRAM AND THEY, THEY DO PLAN IN MANY COUNTIES.

AND SO, SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS COLLECTIVE IMPACT.

BUT YEAH, THE, THE REGIONAL APPROACH IS ONE THAT WE HOPE THAT'S THE WAY TO GO.

'CAUSE THE DATA IS, YOU KNOW, IT IS A ORIGINAL CHALLENGE.

OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.

REMOTE COMMISSIONERS.

YOU GUYS GOT ANY QUESTIONS? SURE.

I'LL ASK FIRST.

THIS IS MELINDA SHIRA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I SAW THAT YOU HAD, UM, ABOUT 600 VOLUNTEERS LISTED AND I WANTED TO SEE A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT THOSE VOLUNTEER ROLES HAVE BEEN WITH TREE FOLKS AND THIS PROJECT? YEAH, YEAH.

WE HAVE, THERE'S SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE ORGANIZATION AS A WHOLE, LIKE PLANTING TREES.

WE DO THE READY SET PLANT PROGRAM AND PARTNERSHIP WITH WATERSHED WHERE THERE'S GONNA BE A 10 TO 12 EVENTS PER YEAR WHERE FOLKS CAN COME OUT AND PLANT BABY TREES ALONG RIPARIAN AREAS, CREEKS AND STREAMS. THERE'S GONNA BE, UM, TABLING OR SERVING AT OUR ADOPTION EVENTS.

SO THOSE ARE WHERE WE WORK TO HAND OUT FREE TREES TO RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND BEYOND.

AND THEN FOR THIS PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY, A LOT OF THE WORK IS AROUND SEED COLLECTION AND ALSO WORKING IN THE NURSERY.

SO WE'VE, WE'RE JUST STARTING UP THE, UH, HAVING A WEEKLY VOLUNTEER EFFORTS AT THE NURSERY.

AND THEN IF YOU, YOU CAN DONATE SEEDS AT ANY TIME.

SO WHAT WE'RE WORKING TO DEVELOP A DECENTRALIZED PIPELINE TO COLLECT THOSE SEEDS.

'CAUSE AGAIN, THE THREE AND A HALF MILLION SEEDS ARE NEEDED.

AND SO THAT COULD BE, WE HAVE DIFFERENT LIKE, LEVELS OF QUALITY, SO THAT COULD BE LIKE WILD COLLECTED OR IT COULD BE IN PARKS OR IT COULD BE IN YOUR YARD.

AND WE USE THEM FOR DIFFERENT PROGRAM PURPOSES IN OUR PROGRAMMING.

YES, THAT SOUNDS REALLY AWESOME.

I'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SEED COLLECTION AND, AND SHARING THAT INFORMATION OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

GREAT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

WE'LL FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET YOU THAT INFORMATION.

THANK YOU.

JUST SEND IT TO THE, THE, THE PORTAL ELIZABETH FUNK OVER THERE.

UM, AND SHE'LL GET EVERYTHING TO US.

AND I'M ASSUMING A LOT OF THAT INFORMATION'S ON Y'ALL'S WEBSITE AS WELL, CORRECT? YES, IT'S RIGHT.

PERFECT.

YEAH.

BUT IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND SPOON, FEED IT TO US AND WE CAN, WE CAN, UH, SPREAD IT OUT.

THANKS.

ANYTHING ELSE? THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION FOLKS.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I DO HAVE ONE, ONE QUESTION.

UH, WE'RE GETTING READY TO HAVE A PRESENTATION, UH, FROM PARD ON THE, UH, LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN.

UH, DOES THIS, WHAT YOU'RE DOING OVERLAP WITH ANYTHING THAT THEY'RE INVOLVED WITH AT ALL? NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF, NO.

OKAY.

THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU.

IF I MAY, I I WOULD SAY ONLY THAT, UH, SO THIS IS A REFORESTATION PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE, THE MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT THAT IS FOR PRESERVES.

IF IT INCLUDES OPPORTUNITIES, WE WILL FOR SURE JUMP IN.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S A POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP.

WE HAVE NOT EXPLORED PERSONAL SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS IN THE PLAN, BUT THERE, I'M SURE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES.

I CAN THINK OF SEVERAL, SO YES, FOR SURE.

WE'RE LIKE, THUMBS UP, LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

WE NEED SOME OF THAT LAND .

WELL, THE LAND MANAGEMENT PLANT, IF I INTERPRET IT CORRECTLY, IS MAINLY DIRECTED AT, UH, PARCELS THAT ARE OWNED BY PARD AND THEY'RE GONNA BE WORKING ON MANAGING THOSE ACTIVELY IN ONE MANNER OR ANOTHER.

CORRECT.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF THE, UH, ACTIVITIES THAT YOU'RE DOING ARE, YOU KNOW, INVOLVE PROPERTY THAT'S OWNED BY PART OR NOT.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHY I ASKED.

UH, YES.

MOST OF THE PARCELS THAT WE'VE RE FORESTED SO FAR ARE PARKLAND.

UH, IT ALSO INCLUDES A, A FEW PARCELS THAT ARE, UM, MANAGED BY THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT DIRECTLY.

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BUT MOST OF, MOST OF THE REAL ESTATE FOR FLOOD PLAIN OPPORTUNITY, FLOOD PLAIN REFORESTATION OPPORTUNITIES ARE WITHIN PARKLAND.

SO WE HAVE AN ACTIVE PARTNERSHIP AND WE CHECK CAN WE PLANT IN YOUR PARKS KIND OF , PLEASE.

OKAY.

WELL I WOULD SUGGEST YOU READ THE, UH, LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN FROM PARK AND SEE HOW YES, SIR.

LOTS OF COMMENTS.

YES, FOR SURE.

.

THANK YOU.

THANKS Y'ALL'S PRESENTATION AND I DEFINITELY WILL BE SHOWING UP WITH SOME SEEDS ON YOUR DOORSTEP.

OH.

SO, UM, EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

YOU EVEN GOT A LITTLE CIRCLE HERE ON MY NOTES.

UM, SO, UM, FIRST OFF, I DO WANNA FOLLOW UP ON A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT Y'ALL HAD ABOUT, UM, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY PARKS.

UM, THE, UM, THE BONDS THAT ARE COMING UP, UH, WILL BE, UM, SUBSTANTIAL TO PURCHASE MORE PARKS ALONG THOSE EASTERN CRESCENT CREEK WAYS.

UM, AND SO THAT'S EXCITING.

UM, FOLLOW UP TO YOUR BOND QUESTION, YES, BONDS CAN BE USED STILL FOR LAND AND ACQUISITION, BUT NO MORE FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS.

SO, UM, THAT HAS TO COME FROM A DIFFERENT FUNDING SOURCE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

OKAY.

UM, AND SO YOU SPOKE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DEGRADATION OF THE CREEK BEDS AND UH, I WANNA GO EVEN A LITTLE BIT FARTHER ON THAT.

I HAVE WATCHED THE HEADWATERS OF HARRIS CREEK JUST COMPLETELY DETERIORATE.

AND THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE UPSTREAM A, UM, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BUILT THEIR RETENTION PONDS POORLY.

AND THAT'S ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT TO COMPLETELY TAKE A, A STREAM THAT WAS FAIRLY LEVEL, UM, TO A 16 FOOT VALLEY MM-HMM.

OVER TWO YEARS.

THAT'S HOW QUICKLY THESE STREAMS CAN BE REALLY, REALLY DEGRADATED.

AND I JUST WANNA SHARE THAT FROM FIRSTHAND WATCHING THAT HAPPEN.

UM, IT WAS REALLY, UM, YOU KNOW, PRETTY, PRETTY SOBERING, UM, TO WATCH THAT, UM, FALL APART.

UM, SO, AND THEN ALSO TO WATCH THE AMOUNT OF TRASH, UM, THAT BUILT UP IN THOSE, YOU KNOW, REALLY QUICKLY.

UM, AND, AND, AND HOLD IT THERE.

SO I WANNA TALK A LITTLE BIT, UM, FIRST I WANT TO ASK Y'ALL SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT, UH, INVASIVE REMOVAL, INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL.

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PLAN ON THAT, UH, TO GET THOSE OUT OF THE CANOPY BEFORE REPLANTING SOME OF THE OTHER CANOPY.

SURE.

TYPICALLY FOR THE AREAS THAT WE'RE PLANTING, THERE'S NO EXISTING CANOPY LIKE, AND, AND OTHER PLACE.

IN OTHER INSTANCES, WE WILL, WHEN WE WORK WITH WATERSHED, THEY WILL HAVE EITHER THE AUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS OR TEXAS CONSERVATION CORPS COME THROUGH AND DO THAT WORK BEFORE WE WOULD GO IN AND PLANT THE TREES.

SO IT'S EITHER NOT HAVING CANOPY OR IF IT'S ON CITY OF AUSTIN LAND, THEN WATERSHED USUALLY TAKES CARE, WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT.

ANYTHING TO ADD? YEAH, SO MOST OF THE AREAS WHERE WE DO HAVE INVASIVE SPECIES TO MANAGE, LIKE CAN CANOP BE DOMINATED, TYPICALLY LEG STROUM IS THE, THE MAIN CULPRIT HERE.

UM, SO THERE'S SEVERAL MECHANISMS EITHER WITH, UH, ACTIVE CREW INVOLVEMENT OR THROUGH THE ADOPTED CREEK PROGRAM, AND THEY GET INVOLVED WITH A LONG-TERM, UH, RELATIONSHIP, UH, WITH, WITH THE STREAM THEY ADOPT.

AND THEN INCLUDING REMOVAL OF INVASIVE SPECIES BEFORE WE CAN EVEN THINK ABOUT PLANTING, UH, SAPLINGS.

YEAH.

WE'RE NOT GONNA GET THERE AND THEY WILL JUST GET, YOU KNOW, SHADED OUT AND THERE.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THEN I ALSO WANNA ASK A QUESTION.

UM, AS FAR AS THE CARBON CREDITS, WHO IS, WHO HAS BEEN, WHO'S THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS FROM THAT? IS IT THE CITY? IS IT? OH, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

UM, SO TREE FOLKS.

SO THE LANDOWNERS DONATE THE CARBON CREDITS TO TREE FOLKS.

SO THEN THAT'S KIND OF, 'CAUSE SINCE WE DO FOR PRIVATE LANDOWNERS, IT'S ALL, EVERYTHING'S FREE OF FREE OF CHARGE, THE SERVICES, UM, THEN THAT'S KIND OF THEIR PAYMENT IS TO DONATE THE CARBON CREDITS TO TREE FOLKS.

AND WE HANDLE ALL THE FILINGS AND PAPERWORK AND ALL THE FEES AND KEEP UP WITH ALL THE REPORTS EVERY YEAR THAT ARE, UM, DUE FOR THAT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THAT'S EXCITING FOR Y'ALL.

YEAH.

, IT'S NOT MUCH, BUT IT'S A LITTLE, A LITTLE MONEY.

SURE, SURE.

YEAH, I LIKE IT.

THAT, THAT, THAT IS BEING STARTED.

UM, AND THEN, SO, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE TREES AND ALONG THE REPAIRING AREAS, OBVIOUSLY.

UM, AS YOU COME UP INTO THE, THE PRAIRIES THEMSELVES, TELL US A LITTLE, I MEAN, IS THERE A PLAN TO ALSO TAKE, YOU KNOW, IF, IF HERE'S THE CREEK BED COMING UP INTO THE UPLANDS WHERE YOU'RE ALSO THEN HAVING MORE OF THE, UM, YOU KNOW, NATIVE PLANTS AND PRAIRIE GRASSES AND STUFF IN THE UPLANDS?

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OR IS THAT LIKE KIND OF A PHASE TWO OR THREE? SO THE CONTRACT INCLUDES SITTING WITH NATIVE GRASSES 'CAUSE THEY DO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN FLOOD PLAINS.

WE DO NOT HAVE PLANS TO MOVE OUTWARDS FROM THE FLOOD LANE.

LIKE THIS IS FOCUSED ON, ON THE, UM, THE FLOOD LANES AND THE STREAM CORRIDORS.

THE BLACKLINE PRAIRIE IS AN AREA, YOU KNOW, IT IS GRASSLAND AND UH, IT IS HEAVILY USED STILL.

AND, AND SO WE DON'T, YEAH, WE DON'T HAVE A PLAN FOR RESTORING THOSE.

I AM SURE PART OF THE LAND MANAGEMENT INCLUDES PRAIRIE RESTORATION, UH, , HOPEFULLY PRESCRIBED FIRE, WHICH IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN DECKER AND INDIAN GRASS PRESERVES.

I LOVE THAT.

I HAVE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THOSE TWO PRESERVE, SO YEAH.

BUT, BUT IT'S NOT PART OF THE PROGRAM THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, ALTHOUGH THE CONTRACT INCLUDES ADDING SEED NATIVE SEED TO THE, TO THE CORRIDORS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR ALL Y'ALL ARE DOING.

IT'S REALLY, REALLY GREAT WORK.

THANK YOU .

YEAH, THANK YOU GUYS.

A FEW FINAL QUESTIONS.

I GUESS IF YOU COULD ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THE LANDOWNER PART.

ABOUT 25 YEARS, YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE TREES THERE OR KIND OF WHAT'S THE FRAMEWORK OF THAT SO WE BETTER UNDERSTAND AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC DOES? YEAH, SO, UM, EACH CARBON CREDIT PROJECTS PROJECT , UM, REQUIRES THE TREES TO BE IN PLACE FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS.

SO THAT'S WHERE THAT NUMBER COMES FROM.

AND, UM, YEAH, SO BASICALLY WE'VE PUT A, WE FILE A DEEDED AMENDMENT ON A DEED COVENANT ON EACH PROPERTY THAT WE PLANT FOR.

AND OF COURSE THE LANDOWNER AGREES TO THAT.

AND SO THEN IT FOLLOWS THE LANDOWNER.

IF IT DOES CHANGE HANDS, UM, THE TREES ARE PROTECTED AND THERE'S LIKE A FEE FOR REMOVING THE TREES, UM, WITHIN THAT PERIOD.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

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UM, AND THEN, UH, MY LAST QUESTION ON THE OTHER QUESTION ON IS FOR YOU, I MEAN, A LOT OF PROJECTS COME TO US, UH, THAT YOU, YOU KNOW THIS, BUT, UM, THAT ARE IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE, UM, WHERE MAYBE THEY'RE HAVING AN ENCROACHMENT IN THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE OR THERE THERE'S DEGRADATION OF THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE.

ARE THERE ANY FINDINGS IN THE REPORT OR, YOU KNOW, BEST PRACTICES THAT YOU COULD GIVE US FOR WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT, AT, AT RECOMMENDATIONS OR MOTIONS RELATED TO THOSE? I MEAN, RELATED TO THE, THE FLOODPLAINS IN THE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE, UH, I THINK THE FLOODPLAIN MODIFICATION PROVISIONS, SO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RESTORATION ARE PRETTY SOLID.

UH, THEY ONLY KICK IN WHEN WE ARE, WHEN THE, YOU KNOW, THERE IS REQUESTS FOR MODIFYING THE FLOOD LINK MM-HMM.

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SO WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT, UH, LOOKS AT WHEN THERE IS A PROPOSED ELEMENT THAT LOOKS AT THE CONDITION OF THE CORRIDOR AND KICKS IN REGARDLESS OF FLOOD PLAIN MODIFICATION OR NOT.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL NEED TO EXAMINE MORE CAREFULLY.

I HONESTLY DON'T HAVE AN IDEA.

HOW WOULD, HOW WOULD THAT BE INCORPORATED? UM, THE ACTIVE RESTORATION COMPONENT OF A, OF, OF IT AT ALL? IT IS, IT IS NEEDED, BUT I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE MECHANISMS WOULD BE.

WE DO HAVE RECIPES OF HOW TO GO ABOUT SOME OF THOSE THINGS, BUT THE POLICY LINKAGE IS, IS WE'LL NEED TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO, HOW TO GET THAT.

YEAH, I, YEAH, I, I PRESUME THAT THAT WAS GONNA BE THE ANSWER, BUT I WAS HOPE, I WAS HOPEFUL OTHERWISE.

UM, WE'LL COME BACK WITH SOMETHING FOR YOU IF, IF, IF IT EXISTS OR IF YOU HAVE IDEAS THAT THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD BE EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE AND MORE PROJECTS GOING ON IN THAT AREA AS YOU KNOW.

UM, UH, I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT IN, IN SOME, UH, PODS WE HAVE INCORPORATED ELEMENTS AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERIORITY IN THE PAST, AND THOSE I, I THINK, HAVE BEEN PRETTY SUCCESSFUL, UH, APPROACHES.

SO WHEN IT'S NOT NECESSARILY TRIGGERED BY FLOOD FLOW MODIFICATION, BUT BY THE, YOU KNOW, THE CONVERSATIONS RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUT.

BUT, UM, YEAH, THAT'S THE ONLY OTHER PIECE THAT COMES TO MIND IN TERMS OF A MECHANISM TO TRIGGER TO TRIGGER THOSE.

YEAH.

IF YOU, IF YOU KNOW ANY PUDS THAT YOU LIKE HOW THEY WORKED OUT, UM, IN THAT REGARD, PLEASE POINT US TO THEM SO WE CAN LOOK AT THOSE, SOME OF THOSE CONDITIONS.

'CAUSE THAT WOULD MM-HMM.

, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL EVEN IF WE'RE DOING NON NON PU COMMENTS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

UM, YEAH, THAT WAS ALL I HAD.

UM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS, VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, PETER, I, I'M ALSO INTERESTED IN THIS NEXUS BETWEEN THE RESTORATION OF THE RIPARIAN AREAS AND THE IMPACT ON FLOODING.

UM, JUST BECAUSE IT, NOT ONLY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE IT SAVES PROPERTY, BUT IT ALSO, YOU KNOW, OPENS UP POTS OF MONEY THAT COULD BE USED TO RESTORE THE RIPARIAN AREAS, YOU KNOW, SOME, YOU KNOW, HOMELAND SECURITY, YOU KNOW, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TYPE MONEY.

SO YEAH.

ANY, ANY OTHER FINAL QUESTIONS, GUYS? ALRIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CAN I JUST SAY ONE MORE THING? SORRY.

I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE IT HAS BEEN, THIS IS LIKE TEAMWORK AND ONE OF, ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT

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HAD BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING THIS CONTRACTS, LIKE THIS ONE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS JOHN CLEMENT.

I JUST WANNA RECOGNIZE HE WAS THE PREVIOUS MANAGER OF THE WHOLE THING.

AND, UH, A LOT OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE CONTRACT, WE THOUGHT REAL HARD ON HOW TO MAKE THEM BE PART OF THE LANGUAGE OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL.

SO KUDOS, JUST WANNA CREDIT WHERE KAREN IS.

DO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YES.

THANKS GUYS.

ALRIGHT, TO MOVING

[5. Presentation, discussion, and possible action regarding a recommendation on the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Land Management Guide for parkland natural areas – Amanda Ross, Division Manager, and Matt McCaw, Program Manager, PARD (30 minutes)]

ON, UH, TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTIONS.

UH, NUMBER FIVE, A PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION ON THE PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT'S LAND MANAGEMENT GUIDE FOR PARKLAND AND NATURAL AREAS.

I THINK WE'VE GOT A, A PRESENTATION AND THEN, UH, UM, WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

THE LITTLE GREEN LIGHT'S ON THEN.

YOUR NOT YET.

KEEP THE PODIUM MICS.

UH, OKAY.

WELL I DON'T THINK WE COULD HAVE PLANNED THAT BETTER.

UM, SO THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AT WATERSHED PROTECTION FOR THE WONDERFUL INTRO.

UM, I AM AMANDA ROSS.

I'M THE DIVISION MANAGER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, AND I'M KIND OF JUST SETTING THE STAGE FOR OUR, UH, TRUE PRESENTER ON THIS TOPIC.

UM, AND JUST WANTED TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT WHAT, WHAT ANNA HAD TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, WHICH IS THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF, A LOT OF LAND IN THE CITY, UM, A LOT OF PARKLAND THAT IS, THAT IS FAIRLY DEGRADED AND WE HAVEN'T NECESSARILY DONE ACTIVE MANAGEMENT ON A FAIR AMOUNT OF THAT PARKLAND.

AND WE ARE EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT A SHIFT TO MORE ACTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR THE HEALTH OF THOSE ECOSYSTEMS, FOR OUR LONG-TERM RESILIENCY IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOPEFULLY FOR PROTECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY LONG-TERM SO THAT GENERATIONS ARE GONNA BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS LAND.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT, UM, AND HOW WE GOT HERE.

SO THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AT WATERSHED FOR THAT LOVELY INTRO AND FOR THE SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK AND REVIEW OF THE PLAN THROUGHOUT, THROUGHOUT THIS TIME AS WELL.

I WANTED TO ALSO SHARE THAT WE HAVE, UM, OUR PARTNERS FROM THE BALCONES CANYONLAND, UM, WITH US HERE TONIGHT AS WELL.

SO WE HAVE SHERRY KOOL, WHO IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE OFFICER WITH AUSTIN WATER, AND WE HAVE, UM, KIMBERLY HARVEY, WHO IS THE BALCONES CANYONLANDS CONSERVATION PLAN COORDINATING SECRETARY WITH US AS WELL.

SO IF THERE'S SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ON B C P THAT THEY COULD HELP US WITH THOSE AS WELL.

UM, BUT WE HAVE MATT MCCALL, WHO IS OUR PROGRAM MANAGER.

HE'S OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

HE HAS 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, UM, AS A BIOLOGIST, AS A, AN ECOLOGIST.

HE'S THE MOST RECENT, UM, FORMER PRESIDENT FOR THE SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION, UM, WITHIN, UM, OUR AREA.

AND SO WE ARE EXCITED TO, UH, TO KIND OF HAVE HIM TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS PLAN, THIS GUIDING DOCUMENT AND, AND SOME OF THE SHIFT THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WITHIN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

SO, TURNING OVER TO MATT.

THANKS AMANDA.

UH, COMMISSIONERS.

IT'S GOOD TO BE WITH YOU THIS EVENING, UH, TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS, UH, LAND MANAGEMENT, UH, GUIDE THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR QUITE A WHILE.

UH, I HAVE A POWERPOINT THERE.

WE'RE, UH, I THINK WE CAN, ANYWAY, UM, THANKS AMANDA.

MATT MCCAW, PROGRAM MANAGER FOR A PARDON LAND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

UM, IT'S A FAIRLY NEW PROGRAM STARTED IN 2020 IN RESPONSE TO THE, UH, A LOT OF THINGS, UH, BUT MOST RECENTLY THE 2019 WILDFIRE AUDIT, WHICH YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT, UH, IN JUST A MINUTE.

SO, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UH, FIRST, JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND AND ALSO APOLOGIES.

UH, IF YOU HEARD THIS PRESENTATION LAST WEEK, UH, TO THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

UM, A JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND.

SO A NATURAL AREA, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A NATURAL AREA, IT IS ANY SORT OF LAND AREA WITH MOSTLY NATURAL CHARACTER DOMINATED BY NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS FOR THE MOST PART.

UM, UH, APPROXIMATELY THREE QUARTERS OF ALL PARK LAND TODAY IS DEDICATED AND PROTECTED IN NATURAL AREA OF SOME FORM OR ANOTHER,

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UH, SUCH AS NATURE PRESERVES GREEN BELT OR, UH, PIECES OF OTHER LARGE OR SMALL PARKS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

UH, IT'S ROUGHLY 12 THOU OVER 12,000 ACRES OF PARKLAND IS, IS NATURAL AREA OF SOME TYPE.

UH, THEY PROVIDE CRITICAL ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, UM, WHICH YOU'RE ALL AWARE, UH, TOP OF MIND FOR PARKS ARE IN THE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE HUMAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING REALM.

SO THAT WOULD BE PHYSICAL HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL STABILITY, COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS, THAT SORT OF THING, ALONG WITH WATER QUALITY, AIR CLIMATE REGULATION, A LOT OF OTHER SUITE OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO JUST THE PIE GRAPHS ARE THE BREAKDOWN, AS