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The Cibolo Corridor Conservation Initiative
Protecting the Cibolo Creek Watershed

The Cibolo Creek is a treasure that arises from springs on the outskirts of Boerne and meanders 100 miles southeast to its confluence with the San Antonio River. Alternating from shallow, rocky flats to deep, mossy canyons and sprinkled with scenic falls, the spring-fed creek offers stunning scenery and opportunities for every type of nature lover.
• In the waters, catfish, bullheads, sunfish and white bass tempt anglers
• All around, cypress and live oaks create a canopy of life overhead for birders to enjoy.

ButterflyCibolo Creek provides critical recharge for both the Trinity and Edwards aquifers, the vast underground reservoirs that are the primary sources of water for the Hill Country and the City of San Antonio.

The Cibolo Nature Center created the Cibolo Corridor Conservation Initiative to protect and preserve the Cibolo Creek. The CNC works in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife, land-owners, businesses, state and municipal agencies and other conservation organizations to undertake the enormously important task of protecting this delicate watershed.

A landscape under threat

Rapid development, population growth and the increased use of groundwater threaten the health of the watershed - and potentially threaten the people and wildlife that rely on it. Through collaborative conservation efforts, the CNC and its partners have protected nearly 1,300 acres within the Cibolo Watershed. And the Cibolo Corridor Conservation Initiative will protect many more acres and nearly five miles of sensitive groundwater recharge in the Cibolo Canyonlands.

The Cibolo Canyonlands rise dramatically from the creek on the eastern edge of the CNC. A steady pulse of water over millions of years has carved deep, flowing paths through porous limestone cliff walls. Nearby, Herff Falls rumble.
• Texas mock-orange, big red sage and hairy sycamore-leaf snowbell line the banks
• One of the only great blue heron rookeries in the county regenerates these majestic birds
• Kingfishers, caracaras, red-shouldered hawks and great horned owls are a common sight, and the federally endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo shyly appear
• The creek is home to Guadalupe bass - our imperiled state fish - as well as the threatened Cascade Caverns salamander.

A collaborative, science-based approach

Through leadership, education, science and stewardship, the Cibolo Corridor Conservation Initiative protects the quality of life along the Cibolo Creek.
• A volunteer "citizen-scientist" program is surveying the populations of common plants, birds, small mammals, insects and reptiles - providing crucial information for developing best practice land-management techniques
• The Texas Watch stream-monitoring program studies endangered species, plus water quality and quantity issues within the watershed
• The ongoing educational programs and outdoor classroom workshops at the CNC promote conservation conscience to children and adults
• To promote sound stewardship, the CNC and the CCCI share effective land- and water-management practices with local landowners, developers and other Cibolo Creek stakeholders
• Roundtable discussions allow the sharing of ideas and knowledge among landowners, conservation partners, developers and policymakers

Partners & Advisors

The Nature Conservancy of Texas
Cibolo Conservancy
City of Boerne
Kendall County Commissioners
United States Geological Survey
Edwards Aquifer Authority
San Antonio Water System
San Antonio River Authority
Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality
Greater Edwards Aquifer
Alliance
Texas Department of Transportation
Guadalupe Blanco River Authority
Land Trust Alliance
Texas Parks and Wildlife
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Boerne Independent School District
Hill Country Land Stewards
Texas Land Trust Council
Private Landowners and Developers

Conservation Programs, Methods and Practices

Outdoor Classroom
Summer Adventure camp
Family programs
Resource Library
Land Stewardship program series
Hill Country Land Stewards
Citizen Science Research Center
Rainwater harvesting
Xeriscaping and native planting
Marsh restoration
Prairie management
Cedar management
Species surveys & data collection
White-tail deer management
Avian habitat restoration