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Beautification Committee

Purpose of the Committee

The mission of the Beautification Committee is to preserve and enhance Driftwood and the Onion Creek Valley’s rural beauty.  Maintaining our unique countryside includes sponsorship of the Adopt A Highway commitment along FM 150 as well as preserving our endangered species habitat with the Natural Area located diagonally across from our Community Center.  This property is owned by the Driftwood Church of which they have generously shared with us, the Driftwood Historical Conservation Society. 

Birding Station

The committee meets irregularly; see the CALENDAR for posted dates.  For more news and information about ongoing beautification, please CLICK HERE

 

To contact the committee, please email: beautification@driftwoodhcs.org

Adopt-a-Highway Program

DHCS has adopted a two mile stretch of FM 150.  Our clean-up days are scheduled quarterly and are an opportunity to maintain the natural beauty of our community.  The process on clean-up day involves only an hour commitment by all and allows us yet another opportunity to spend time visiting while gaining a wonderful sense of giving back to our community.  Participants are asked to review the TxDOT safety information at: 

 

http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/volunteer/adopt-a-highway/safety-tips.html. 

Road cleanup
Nature Trail

In keeping with our slogan, “Home of Natural Sights and Starry nights,” the Driftwood United Methodist Church has graciously agreed to allow the DHCS and the Hays County Master Naturalists to create and maintain a natural area showcase for the benefit of the entire community on 10.5 acres in the heart of Driftwood. This is a long-term project and the entire community is invited to participate in bringing the natural area to life. (Click the diagram for a larger image.)

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The ultimate goal is to create a natural area that includes:

 

  • Presentations of native plants and wildflowers

  • Plantings of Texas state symbols (tree-pecan; grass-side oats grama;  flower-bluebonnet; shrub-texas sage; plant-prickly pear cactus)

  • Monarch butterfly waystation

  • Birdwatching stations

  • Bee hotels

  • Rainwater catchment

  • Educational activities (guided nature walks; instruction in rainwater collection/use; night sky viewing parties; building bird houses, bat houses, bee hotels)

Phase One

The first stage is the creation of a  Monarch Butterfly Waystation, which was completed on April 22, 2018. Monarch butterflies travel through Hays County in the spring and fall and need milkweed and nectar plants to support them while they are in the area. The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) provides grant funding for projects that create and maintain gardens that support the Monarch migration. We received a $400 grant to purchase native milkweed and nectar plants for the waystation.  Labor and other materials needed to establish the waystation were obtained through donations and organizations that provide volunteers such as Texas Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, the DHCS, and members of the community.  We had a Master Naturalist or Master Gardener on site for every workday. All of the Master Naturalists who live in Driftwood agreed to participate in the project and other MNs from Dripping Springs, Wimberley, San Marcos and Austin have participated as well. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in managing land for the conservation and maintenance of native plants, grasses, and trees, trail creation and maintenance, rainwater collection, wildlife, and night sky preservation. 

 

Phase Two

Marking out, mowing, and mulching a walking trail. Committee Chair Venita Fuller has arranged to have PEC deliver mulch from their roadway tree clearing projects, and DHCS member Jeff Smith mowed and spread the mulch.

 

Phase Three

Installation of freestanding rainwater systems (donated by Plateau Land & Wildlife) as well as other necessary weeding and cleanup activities. 

Nature Trail

In keeping with our slogan, “Home of Natural Sights and Starry nights,” the Driftwood United Methodist Church has graciously agreed to allow the DHCS and the Hays County Master Naturalists to create and maintain a natural area showcase for the benefit of the entire community on 10.5 acres in the heart of Driftwood. This is a long-term project and the entire community is invited to participate in bringing the natural area to life. (Click the diagram for a larger image.)

Inclusive of this Natural Area includes the following:

  • A beautiful Bird Watching Station which provides a serene area for our feathered friends with numerous bird feeders and watering features.  Credit for this structure goes to our DHCS member John Gerlaugh and his brother in law.  

  • A presentation of native plants and wildflowers

  • Plantings of Texas state symbols (tree-pecan; grass-side oats grama; flower-bluebonnet; shrub-texas sage; plant-prickly pear cactus)

  • Rainwater harvesting catchment features

  • Monarch butterfly waystation (under redesign)

  • Extensive walking trail around the perimeter of the natural area 


 

Marking, mowing and mulching the walking trail is an on-going process.  Several volunteers under the leadership of Venita Fuller devote many hours during the week to ensure that the bird feeders, water features are maintained for the health of our visiting friends of nature.  

Nature Trail.jpg
Committee Members
Robert Deaton, RAP Liaison
Lisa Baker
Venita Fuller
John Gerlaugh
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