Since January the Colorado River Refuge in Bastrop Texas has seen a 300% increase in visitation! Along with the pandemic came an increased enthusiasm for getting outdoors and exploring local parks. Pines and Prairies Land Trust, the nonprofit that owns and manages the Colorado River Refuge is happy to welcome these new visitors and wants to provide a safe, clean, and accessible experience. Urgent improvements at the Colorado River Refuge are needed to keep pace with the influx of visitors and preserve the nature of CRR.
Upgrades and improvements include:
- Trail signs along every trail and intersection to direct hikers.
- Road signs to prevent people from getting lost in Tahitian Village (it's easy to do!).
- An additional weekly trash pickup to handle the tremendous increase in trash at the Two Bridges trailhead.
- Materials to mark the boundary of the preserve to prevent hikers from wandering onto private property and limit unofficial trails.
Your donation to Pines and Prairies Land Trust will help ensure hikers, picnickers, birders, and swimmers will find the Colorado River Refuge easy to navigate, clean and safe. Please donate today to this urgent need!
Any donations received over the goal will go to other needs at the Colorado River Refuge including the volunteer program and annual road fees.
About the Colorado River Refuge:
The Colorado River Refuge has three miles of trails including an ADA accessible trail, a picnic area and river access. In the riparian forests and upland woodlands you will find great wildlife diversity and near the river you can watch boaters paddle by. The Colorado River Refuge is open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year! This means it was open during the shutdown when other public parks were closed, providing vital access to the outdoors for the community. This preserve is maintained entirely by volunteers and is owned by a nonprofit organization. Any donation you make will go a long way in keeping this community asset flourishing.
About Pines and Prairies Land Trust:
Pines and Prairies Land Trust is a nonprofit founded in 2001 with a mission to protect open space through land conservation, stewardship and community engagement. It conserves thousands of acres of land in Central Texas through conservation easements and nature preserves. PPLT has provided free nature classes to students at the Colorado River Refuge for over a decade and offers many nature programs throughout the year (health restrictions allowing). Go to www.pplt.org for more information.