The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGA) strives to be good stewards of the natural areas in partnership with the City of San Marcos, the landowner. The benefits of having 1,000+ acres of natural areas include: flood mitigation, water quality, air quality, refuge for wildlife, recreation, healthy living, nature classrooms, and transportation avenues.
This spring, SMGA will award up to two student research grants valued at $2000 each. Any Texas State University student in good standing (undergraduate or graduate) is eligible to apply. Full details can be found here. The research activities for this award must directly involve the natural areas maintained by SMGA or support the mission of SMGA. Examples of research priorities are listed below and more information on SMGA can be found at https://smgreenbelt.org/.
- Inventorying flora and fauna of the natural areas
- Evaluating the management and control of invasive and exotic species
- Assessing the benefits and values of our natural areas, including but not limited to ecological, mental/physical health, and cultural benefits and values
- Enhancing awareness and education about the importance of protecting and connecting greenspace