San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

The Loop


Lots Got Done in 2010!

Read through our list of accomplishments from last year, and we think you’ll agree that we made important gains in our outreach, stewardship, and conservation efforts!


  • Reached triple-digit membership for the first time in our history.
  • Repaired kiosk display cases and updated displays at Ringtail Ridge, Prospect Park/Lower Purgatory, and Schulle Canyon Natural Areas.
  • Continued to develop and improve display materials for meetings and booth events.
  • Finalized a high-level graphic of the Loop & Check greenbelt concept for display in booths and on the web site.
  • Grew list of newsletter recipients to just under 700.
  • Established a Facebook page.
  • Continued to expand and improve the natural area monitoring program to report on trail conditions to the city and SMGA.
  • Weed-whacked tall thistle, rerouted trails to protect sensitive areas, and repaired over 15 miles of trails.
  • Completed the Ringtail Ridge Improvements grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Final improvements included installing gravel, an additional bridge, signs, trash barrels, and other amenities.
  • Worked with large student groups: Bobcat Build supplied more than 50 students at Ringtail to improve drainage, remove fencing, and plant trees. For the Fall River Clean-Up more than 75 Chi Omega members worked in Purgatory, planting seeds, removing trash, and painting bollards.
  • Installed signs, blazed trails with emergency responders, and developed names for the trails to improve the user experience and safety.
  • Developed trail maps for Schulle Canyon and Ringtail Ridge natural areas.
  • Scouted new trails, including one at San Marcos High School.
  • Advocated with the City of San Marcos in install barriers to block automotive traffic at Blanco Shoals and assisted with improvements to the access road to Ringtail Ridge.
  • Sponsored a spring golden cheek warbler habitat survey in the Sink Creek watershed.
  • Developed a powerpoint presentation on existing natural areas in San Marcos, the greenbelt concept, and SMGA’s vision.
  • Convinced Paso Robles developers to dedicate the headwaters of both Cottonwood and Willow Springs Creeks for parkland.
  • Met with the city Parks and Recreation Department to review existing parklands along waterways and identify connections between them.
  • Reviewed and provided updates for the San Marcos Parks Master Plan, including adding the greenbelt concept and correcting the omission of existing parkland.
  • Assisted the Trust for Public Land in applying for county parks funding for expanding the Purgatory Creek Natural Area.

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