People enjoy and are grateful for our natural areas for so many different reasons: recreation, ecological, aesthetic, economic, flood safety, water quality. The list is long when you compile what each person appreciates about their relationship with these magnificent places or the benefits they yield. The volunteers at SMGA are always on the lookout for opportunities to grow our natural areas and to interconnect them.
We believe strongly that our community is so much better served when we conserve and care for those natural places that are best left alone. Our understanding of our complete dependence on the living world should be reflected in the way we build our city. Mixing our built environment with living landscapes is good for people and good for nature.
Our community has made good progress so far. In fact, we are becoming the envy of our neighboring cities as they realize they failed to save the natural resources and places that make cities livable. Good job San Marcos! But there is much more to do because this city is growing rapidly.
SMGA pursues its mission with volunteers, membership dues and donations.
We need your help to get the resources we need to keep up. We know there are many causes that pull at our conscience for financial help or a bit of our time. But please consider that joining SMGA or making a donation will literally change the landscape forever and that many, many people will benefit over time.
If you like clean cool water, if you enjoy fresh cooler air, if you delight in seeing wildlife or wildflowers, if you benefit from the visitors who come to be in our natural areas, if you take comfort in knowing you are a short walk away from a natural area then please consider becoming a regular member of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance.
For many of us the beauty of the river and the landscape was part of our decision to call this home. We are the key to the quality of life in San Marcos, of people and nature growing together. Let’s save those places while we can. Be part of the landscape with your tax deductible contribution by following this link.
– Todd Derkacz, SMGA President