2019  ·  Land Conservation, Stewardship, Species and Habitat, Water Quality

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve Masterplan

Alvarado Works, City of Wimberley, and Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

This document intends to establish a long term management and development plan for the Cypress Creek Nature Preserve, located in the heart of the City of Wimberley, Texas. The plan will balance the delicate riparian ecology of the preserve, the thoughtful integration
with the surrounding parks and property owners, and the significant educational and recreation opportunities the preserve provides for Wimberley’s residents and tourists.

Due to its proximity to popular town square, the preserve is a crucial component to the city’s economy and identity. The preserve is owned by the City of Wimberley (the City), while the conservation easement is held by the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA). Together, WVWA and the City initiated the planning process to address challenges regarding
the preserve’s consistent management, the ongoing ecological restoration, and the stainability of the preserve’s trail system. In addition, a number of stakeholder groups who manage or develop various aspects of the preserve support the plan to provide a cohesive vision and management plan moving forward.

This plan thus represents a response to a common nexus of challenges in the Texas Hill Country: balancing sensitive water resources with increased demand with community heritage and desires. The authors of this plan hope it to be a model for other natural areas in the region in the future.