Over the past few months, RVi has been working with Hays County and a group of stakeholders consisting of local residents, current volunteers on site, county staff, and elected officials to develop a master plan for the 81.6-acre Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, Texas. The draft of the master plan will be presented to the public this evening, March 28th, at 6:30 PM at the Wimberley Community Center.
Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring feeding Cypress Creek from an extensive underground cave network. Residents of the Hill Country know that karst features such as these are synonymous with drinking water. To protect this precious resource, most of the site is governed by conservation easements. Goals of the project are to provide an open space amenity for the County while educating visitors about the local ecology and landscape. RVi’s proposed plan includes landscape restoration, trails, and a Stewardship Center that incorporates rain bladders, solar panels, and a green roof to minimize disturbance on the site. The Stewardship Center is connected to an open-air pavilion by a “History Walk” where visitors can learn about the history of the site. The story comes alive in the adjacent edible gardens and “midden pit” while nature trails and interpretive sites are geared towards environmental education.
More details on tonight’s Open House can be found on the Hays County website.