Welcome to the Cibolo Conservancy!

The Cibolo Conservancy is helping land-owners design their own legacies, and guarantees that their wishes will be legally adhered to forever. We are a group of land-owners interested in preserving our own legacies, and helping our neighbors with theirs. If you are interested in the conservation of a private natural area in the Texas Hill Country, we may be able to help.

 The Cibolo Conservancy was formed in 1998 as a sister organization of the Cibolo Nature Center, a community-based educational center which was founded ten years earlier. Our mission is the preservation and conservation of the cultural and natural resources of the Cibolo Creek Watershed and surrounding areas in the Texas Hill Country. 

Through the years, some of us who were involved with the nature center became interested in how to care for and preserve our own properties, and ultimately decided to found a land trust for property owners in the Hill Country. Today, we protect over twenty square miles of private land


Overview Video Available on this link: Cibolo Conservancy Land Trust



 Tax Incentive for Conservation Easements


A Federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations has helped thousands of landowners to conserve their land. If you own land with important natural or historic resources, donating a conservation easement can be one of the smartest ways to conserve the land you love, while maintaining private property rights and possibly realizing significant federal tax benefits.

The incentive permits tax payers to deduct up to half of the value of their donation for up to sixteen years. This incentive helps land trusts work with farmers, ranchers and other modest-income landowners to increase the pace of conservation by about a third.

The Slow Boat to China

Brent Evans and Carolyn Chipman Evans traveled to Japan and China, to discuss conservation issues, following the translation and publication of  The Nature Center Book in those countries. The trip involved speaking engagements, as well as interviews with local conservation workers and officials.


Where We Are Now

The Cibolo Conservancy protects 12,831 acres located in Kendall, Bandera, Comal, Real, Uvalde, and Gillespie Counties. This is over twenty square miles of the conserved land - no small accomplishment for a small land trust that was conceived by a few volunteers associated with the Cibolo Nature Center just 18 years ago – volunteers who just wanted to learn how to save some of the beautiful ranches of the Texas Hill County.

Conservation easements benefit the public by addressing one or more of the following values:

*The protection of a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or similar ecosystem.

*The preservation of open space (including farmland and forestland) where such preservation is for the scenic enjoyment of the general public.

*The preservation of land areas for outdoor recreation by, or the education of, the general public. (Note: most easements do not permit public access).

*The preservation of an historically important land area or certified historic structure.

Since our early days, we have conducted volunteer river clean-ups, as well as clean up projects at Boerne Lake. We have offered public seminars about keeping family lands in family hands. And, we have continued to inform property owners of land preservation methods. We established our field office at the Cibolo Nature Center, where land-owners can attend a variety of workshops on land stewardship and wildlife management.

We have learned plenty in the last 18 years. Keeping abreast of national issues and state issues requires our land trust to attend conferences, workshops, as well as frequenting the web site of the Land Trust Alliance to ensure that our information is as up to the minute as possible.


The Cibolo Conservancy sponsors the Conservation Easements 101 workshops periodically. Let us know if you would like to be contacted when the next workshop is scheduled.
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