The Texas-style Dugnad has begun!
It was a cold day in the #txhillcountry but it didn’t keep our owners from pitching in for a community work day at the Clubhouse. A Dugnad is a Norwegian word that describes a community or small group of people who come together to perform volunteer work in order to accomplish something that benefits the whole group.
(The irony of today’s weather was not lost on us 😉)
A note from the Preservation & Maintenance of Assets Committee Chair and Dugnad coordinator, Katherine Berntzen:
I would like to thank everyone for volunteering their time during our inaugural Texas Dugnad! While the weather was Norwegian style, we managed to adapt to the cold conditions, making our Clubhouse area nicer. Everyone’s work looked fantastic and passed Quality Control’s final inspection. The Clubhouse area looks loved and cared for. Thank you! Until next time!
Our land stewardship philosophy is the preservation and enhancement of nearly 1,500 acres of open space in a manner that balances conservation with member enjoyment. Current uses of the open space include a small-scale cattle operation, habitat for horses, recreational use of our twenty-two mile trail system, hunting, agricultural production, vital birding habitat, native springs and habitat for numerous native and some exotic species.
The HOA frequently participates in wildlife and habitat improvements in support of its commitment to thoughtful land stewardship of the open space.
Last year the Preserve at Walnut Springs HOA participated in the Land Incentive Program through Texas Parks and Wildlife Division who matches our funding. The goals of this
These goals will be accomplished by implementing the following management practices:
1. constructing fences to exclude feral hogs and livestock from the two spring sites and their associated riparian areas,
2. reducing the cover of baccharis within the lower riparian zone of Cuellar Spring where the baccharis has become dense and is competing with native grasses, desirable shrubs, and herbaceous plants, and
3. reducing the cover of small 'second growth' Ashe juniper growing in the woodland canopy in the head canyons associated with both springs.